Small Steps to Sustainability

Saturday 11 January 10.30am to 4.30pm
Free Entry

This Sustainability Fair aims to inspire us all to do what we can and take small steps to a sustainable future.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

We know how much you, our community, cares for the environment and how difficult it can be to make changes to our lifestyle and habits.

Riverhouse has declared a Climate Emergency and committed to reducing our carbon footprint to net zero by 2030, in line with Elmbrige Borough Council’s targets.


10.30 Composting workshop

10.50 Action Surrey (ThamesWey Group)
Rachel Lambert, Environmental Projects Manager will be discussing the various energy efficiency improvements a property can have installed, the renewable energy technologies available and the current grant funding along with eligibility criteria. 

Action Surrey is a partnership between 10 of the Surrey local authorities and Surrey County Council. On behalf of the councils, we provide energy efficiency advice and identify residents who are eligible for the governments Energy Company Obligation funding.

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11.10 WWF
Lauren Wiseman, WWF Environmental Manager, will be covering sustainable living tips and why it’s important – providing information and advice about energy, water, waste, gardens and outdoor spaces, and what to look for when buying new items. 

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11.30 An Introduction to the World of Electric Vehicles
Learn, question and discuss what it really means to switch to an electric vehicle with Evangelist Rob Labinski, Head of EV Business Solutions for Octopus Electric Vehicles.

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12.50 Cloth Club, Weybridge

1.10 Tropic with Shabiri – refillable and vegan make up
In her talk, Shabari will be speaking about ingredients in your everyday products, such as personal care products and cosmetics, which are toxic. She will demonstrate two apps that you can download on your phone to check how ‘dirty’ the products that you may currently be using are. She will also be talking about ingredients that are animal-derived and unsustainable, so that you can avoid products containing those ingredients.

1.30 Friends of the Earth
Heather Fraser will outline Friends of the Earth’s “Climate Action Plan” and ask people to lobby their MP.

It has 6 tangible solutions that MPs can back to protect our planet. Each solution is a people-first approach, whereby all the measures to cut emissions are implemented in any way that doesn’t price people out of living greener, more sustainable lives.

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Organic grow your own
(Justine Howlett and Sarah Spence) plus allotments (Karen Heyneke)

2.30 Mel Jenson, Shepperton Plastic Free Choices
Mel – also known as @wastefreemummy on Instagram – has been integrating zero waste practices into her life for the past 5 years, and will be sharing with you the key three decision-making steps she has developed that can help anyone start to reduce what they send to landfill.

Mel is still on the journey towards zero waste, and believes that the world will be a cleaner, greener place if everyone is armed with the right knowledge and empowered to take a few steps on the zero waste path.



Ashley School Eco Stall
Selling zero waste and plastic free alternatives

Beehive Products
Local produce from local bees

Boomerang Bags
Join the group and help supply our local shops with reusable bags

Cloth Club Weybridge
Spreading the nappiness We are Ashley and Annie, two local mums who are passionate about caring for the planet. We are big advocates for cloth nappies having used them with our little ones and host the Cloth Nappy Trial Kits for Weybridge and the surrounding areas. We are kicking off 2020 by also launching Cloth Club Weybridge, a monthly meet-up group for parents, grand-parents, childcare providers and anyone that might be interested in making the switch to cloth nappies. We are thrilled to be a part of the Riverhouse Barn’s sustainability fair and not only will we have the Cloth Nappy Trial Kits available to look at at the fair but we will also be giving a talk as an introduction to cloth nappies.

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Composting with Christine Crispin
What to, and how to compost

Elmbridge Community EcoHub
Details of how we envisage the Hub to look and information regarding each of the separate initiatives. Questionnaires asking for public feedback on the concept

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Elmbridge Friends of the Earth
information about Climate Change and our group.

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Little Loop Clothing
Come and chat to us to find out all about renting clothing for your children, sign up to be one of the first when we launch in April, and get the opportunity to help us build thelittleloop by joining our parent panel.

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Shabari will be exhibiting her entirely vegan, naturally-derived, harsh chemical-free, eco-friendly skincare, body care, toiletries, cosmetics, tanning products and hair care. Only the highest quality ingredients are used in the range, which are pure, honest and effective, therefore, suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. She will be offering mini-facials, hand treatments, mini-makeovers, and brow definitions.

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Lubhelu Textiles
Natural Dyer Use sustainable foraging and recycling your kitchen waste to create colour.

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Molesey Clothing Exchange
The Molesey Clothing Exchange is a community project, promoting the exchange of clothes, shoes and accessories to create community spirit, reduce consumption and raise awareness of unethical consumer habits and encourage a new way of looking at fashion. Raid your wardrobes for those good clothes hanging at the back, the ones that no longer fit you or your style and swap them for new ones that do! At our bimonthly exchanges at the Refresh Centre in East Molesey, there is a £2 entry fee to take part in the MCE which will helps to cover any costs we incur to run the event. Our aim is to make this a sustainable project where we can also support local charities. Tea, coffee and tasty treats are always available in our “”Pay As You Feel Cafe”. We will be swapping on the day and sharing ways to be a more ethical consumer as well as sharing tips to start an exchange in your own area.

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My Son’s Planet
Our little boy has changed our world – now we want to change his! Eco-conscious Mummy and Daddy, Ashley & Manu Artusa-Barrell work to promote a planet-friendly way of life along with environmental community initiatives. We are kicking off the year as we mean to go on and our first initiative of the year is a Family Fundraising Film Screening of the Robin Williams and Christian Slater Disney animation ‘Ferngully: The Last Rainforest’, where we will be raising money for WWF, to support their conservation work around the world. There will be an exciting introduction to the film from WWF as well as a dedicated rainforest-inspired play area from local baby and toddler group Hartbeeps.

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Octopus Electric Vehicles
Octopus Electric Vehicles, the electric vehicle experts, will be bringing our exclusive Powerloop offering to Walton-on-Thames to show you how new Vehicle-to-Grid technology is revolutionising the way we work with our national grids to reduce pressure on them, whilst not only reducing emissions, but saving you money compared to a fossil fuel vehicle.

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Oski and Aggie
Oski & Aggie make beautiful products using organic bamboo and bright, fun cotton. Organic bamboo cleansing pads replace cotton wool and can be washed and reused again and again. I pair organic bamboo (sustainable and with antibacterial qualities), with gorgeous cotton scraps from my stash (reducing waste) and sell them as a set of seven, in a drawstring bag. You just pop the used pads in to the bag and throw in the wash. £12 for seven and the bag. Organic bamboo ‘baby wipes’. Sets of five ‘lucky dip’ fabrics for girls/boys/unisex are £13.

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Plastic Free Walton
Leaflets advising how to cut back on single use plastic

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Project Linus
Making quilts for those in need, with things that you may normally throw away , using patchwork to use leftover scraps of fabrics to put together quilts, if I have the space I can bring along a sewing machine for people to use . will e doing a small raffle to raise money for wading for the quilts . people can sign up for information, donate quilts or join in out 2020 quilt challenge where we will be making a patchwork square a month in different colours, and then patching them all together to make quilts

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Information on how to transition to – and live – following a vegan lifestyle, for the animals, health and the planet.

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Walton Bike Project
A social enterprise which refurbishes and sells donated bikes

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Walton Litter Pickers
A map of the #CommitToYourStreet ‘commits’ in Walton ands surrounding areas. Guess the total number of N2O gas canisters collected from Walton streets & parks in 2019. Prizes for closest guess.

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We Are the Voice
We Are the Voice gives children an environmental voice through music, art and action and offers free workshops to schools. Our children’s choir will be performing at 3 pm singing 2 new original songs.

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Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre is run by Riverhouse Barn Ltd, a limited company wholly owned by Walton-On-Thames Community Arts Trust  (Charity number 292178)