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Cat Fletcher

Cat Fletcher

Co founder , FREEGLE

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.

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What people are saying about FOOTPRINT

What people are saying about FOOTPRINT

  • FOOTPRINT is the place to showcase how we can build sustainable developments and reduce the carbon footprint of building projects. In tackling the climate crisis, these are the conversations we need to be having.
    Peter Kyle
    MP for Hove, Shadow Minister for Justice
  • Despite the global impact of COVID-19 the UK property industry is resilient. FOOTPRINT will provide a forum for everyone to create a deliverable agenda for sustainable growth in the UK property market.
    Francis Hilton
    Pelican Developments
  • The construction sector has a huge role to play in enabling Local Authorities to meet ambitious carbon zero targets. I believe that FOOTPRINT will be the event that supports the creative discussions and working relationships required to achieve Zero Carbon living.
    Duncan Baker-Brown
    Architect, Lecturer at University of Brighton & Campaigner for Circular Economy
  • At last an event that addresses the key issues facing design, construction and development in the UK. The rich mix of consultants, clients, stakeholders and government together with the great location will make Footprint a huge success.
    Paul Monaghan Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects
    Liverpool City Region Design Champion and founding member of Architects Declare
  • The idea of the jobs fair on the last day is brilliant. It's exactly what school and university leavers need, and as a CDO, I realise that finding high calibre candidates to work for your organisation is a hugely time absorbing process.
    Adam Brockley
    Founder of Scape Student Living
  • As we move to create the ‘new normal’ post Covid, we have an unprecedented opportunity to re-write the rules around our environmental impact on the planet, this conference does exactly that.
    Gavin Stewart
    Executive Director Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
  • FOOTPRINT is a hugely exciting opportunity to address the climate emergency which we all face as global citizens.
    James Blakey
    Planning Director Moda Living
  • FOOTPRINT has been set up to answer a need in the property market. We have all traipsed off to the South of France previously to meet up and discuss property issues. This is no longer a responsible action given the carbon footprint of getting there. Combined with the exit of Britain from the EU, we, in the UK market need to meet and discuss our national and international concerns. Footprint is set up to permit us to do this in an accessible, affordable and responsible way
    William Edgerley
    Director Edge Ahead Limited