Award: Campaigner (Local)
Resource Goddess, Freegle UK Director
Kat spends her waking hours interrupting the flow of usable goods to the waste stream, dreaming up creative reuse projects, participating in over 100 public ‘waste’ events each year, promoting the call to action to be less wasteful in every sphere and ‘connecting unwanted stuff with every man and his dog’.
With her extraordinary team of volunteers, Cat works tirelessly to make reuse free and easy for UK citizens – always inspiring resourcefulness and waste awareness, reduction and solutions. She has also voluntarily run the Brighton Freegle group for eight years, and over 20,000 locals are inspired to reuse about 10 tonnes of stuff every month across the city as a result.
This significant waste prevention system, which is run entirely on goodwill and peer-to-peer participation, creates $120,000 of economic value each year. As well as putting money back into the local community, the service provides creative and employment opportunities, builds community resilience and drives organisational and individual behaviour change.
Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Cat has now also raised enough money (£11,333) to buy eight shipping containers. They’ll be used to create a reuse depot in Brighton & Hove where anyone in the city will be able to drop off items they want to pass on for reuse or repair. A scrap and materials store will be available for artists, students, schools, festivals and other creative projects, and a ‘library of things’ will be full of tools, ladders and other useful bits and pieces that people will be able to borrow.
‘There are so many amazing campaigners and innovators addressing the many and serious environmental and social issues we all face’, Cat told PQ. ‘Celebrating some of those achievements through the P.E.A. Awards really does help to cement hope and enable better collaboration – which in turn builds our collective impact and resilience.’