Cat Fletcher is an award-winning and tireless waste-prevention activist, researcher and practitioner. She is at the frontline of facilitating and accelerating reuse in Brighton (UK) and beyond.
In 2009 Cat co-founded Freegle: UK’s biggest online free reuse network now with 3 million members and she still does all their publicity. Each month Freegle activity keeps around 500 tonnes in circulation (and not the bin) around the UK.
Cat was and is a driving force behind the multi-award winning Waste House at the University of Brighton (built 2012-14) – it’s 90% constructed with ‘waste’ which Cat sourced as part of Design Team. Consequently contributing a chapter for Duncan Baker-Brown’s book about the circular economy “The Reuse Atlas” (2017)
When she’s not talking, lecturing, nagging and enthusing about waste and reuse, Cat is actually enabling it! She operates a creative reuse depot from 12 shipping containers, was contracted by the Brighton & Hove City Council and NHS to facilitate reuse for their estates (2014-present), has 100k+ social media followers and is always collaborating across all sectors to provide solutions to niche and ubiquitous waste problems.
Cat provides real life solutions and inspiration to prevent unnecessary waste.
It’s not waste until you waste it.