Transition Southampton

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Welcome to Transition Southampton

Transition Southampton aims to inspire a happier, healthier and greener Southampton.

We are committed to working with local communities, organisations and local government to help develop positive solutions that meet the imminent challenges of fossil fuel scarcity (‘Peak Oil’) and Climate Change. Above all, Transition Southampton has a positive vision of a resilient and sustainable future beyond the age of abundant fossil fuel energy.


Current events and activities

Our most exciting news of the last month is that we heard that our Repair Cafe was awarded Southampton City Council Community Chest and Health and Wellbeing grant funds, which is absolutely fantastic and means all systems go for an Autumn launch. So KEEP THE DATE, we’re having a Dress Rehearsal of Repair Café on 30th August at 10.30am Freemantle United Reformed Church Hall SO15 3HS – this will be an opportunity for you to come along and see what it is all about and if you would like to be involved... more details to follow soon.

If you think that Repair Cafe is a great idea (quite right!) and would like to be involved but you are unsure what it involves and are finding it hard to take that first step, then please, do come along and meet us (we're a very friendly bunch!), find out more and ask us questions.  We will be having a coffee morning at the Santo Lounge in Shirley on Saturday, 23rd August from 10.30 am til 1pm.  We look forward to you joining us.

Then, we will be going live with the Repair Cafe on Saturday, 6th September. Doors open at 10.30am – 1 pm. Bring along your broken items (only what can be carried) and we’ll see if we can help. For more information This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This coming month sees us and Books for Free at the Southampton Allotment and Gardeners Association Annual Show on the 9th and at the Maritime Festival at Dock Gate 4 on the 22nd and 23rd. We are arranging a team trip to the Open Day at Marchwood Energy Recovery Facility on Thursday 28th August. On top of all that there's a recycled art and craft project bubbling away and plans for some low carbon Christmas activties (I know it seems a bit to soon to be talking about it but we need to make plans :-))

A new edition of Transition Free Press will be out later this month. We do need help in distributing and selling to local groups so please drop us a line if you would like to help out at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Last month saw the launch of digital subscriptions for the paper so if you prefer this option sign up here


Circular Economy

What is the “circular economy”?

For a while now, there has been talk of “cradle to cradle” design principles within manufacturing industries, meaning that scarce resources could be recycled and re-used, and that no product would ever be “thrown away” after it had broken down. A recent development of this idea has been that of the circular economy and how this principle of zero waste (or near to it) could become inherent in all manufactured products, and also provide the potential of greater economic and employment benefits.

A local person who has recently influenced the bringing together of the various schools of thought is Dame Ellen MacArthur through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Read more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_economy#Emergence_of_the_idea http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_MacArthur_Foundation

Collaborative Consumption

Traditional Sharing, Bartering, Lending, Trading, Renting, Gifting, and Swapping redefined through technology and Peer Communities.


We now live in a global village where there is an unbound marketplace for efficient peer-to-peer exchanges of space, stuff, skills, time, relationships and services between producer and consumer, seller and buyer, lender and borrower, neighbour and neighbour.

To find out more, check out the following links:




In September we ran a permculture morning visit to two allotments and a garden in the city. It was a chance to share knowledge on mulching, compost and growing. We wrote up some notes from the visit which can be downloaded here. If you would like to be kept informed about similar events in the future, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Connect with Transition Southampton

Transition Southampton are looking to reach out to existing community groups and organisations. If you are a community group or organisation, Transition Southampton can offer to come to your meeting, talk about Transition, or run a Transition-themed workshop, for example energy saving or upcycling.


Are you a group that aims to improve the local environment on conservation/recycling/food growing/energy saving? Join our fantastic Sustainability Directory.

Are you someone that has some time that could attend community meetings/activities? Transition would love to hear from you if you would like to help develop community connections.

For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Events Coming Soon

Fri Aug 22 @10:30 - 06:00PM
Maritime Festival
Sat Aug 23 @10:30 - 01:00PM
Repair Cafe helpers social
Thu Aug 28 @08:00 - 05:00PM
Open Day at Marchwood Energy Recovery Facility
Sat Aug 30 @10:30 - 01:00PM
Repair Cafe Dress Rehearsal