Karen Wilson

If current trends continue, we will fill existing landfill capacity within four years, with 45.4 million tonnes of waste being dumped in UK landfills annually. In the oceans, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now estimated at three times the size of France. A recent BBC programme "Drowning in Plastic" revealed that plastic micro beads have now been discovered in the Arctic.

We know we have too much 'stuff' on the planet, affecting everything in the ecosystem, which ultimately affects us. Whilst there is something to be said for a minimalist lifestyle with more and more people turning to alternative homes and tiny houses as well as communal living for a solution, we will take a look at what we can do in our lives, to reconsider the future of items that can be made both useful and beautiful without ending up in landfill or in the ocean.

From food containers to unwanted furniture, in this interactive discussion and practical demonstration you will discover some inspirational ways that common household items can be repurposed.

Being an anti-waste advocate, and having run her own interior design business for 12 years, repurposing unwanted items has always has always been one of Karen Wilson's favourite projects. From re-designing fabrics onto new furnishings to disguising cracks in mirrors she has endless creative and imaginative ways to give new life to unwanted possessions.

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