Last week on 4th March 2015, Sustainable Futures Fair was held at the Student’s Union. It commenced in the main hall, showcasing on-going sustainable projects in the city of Manchester.
The Fair was interesting for students and staff of every department as there was a variety of stand holders.
MMU Graduate, Clare Nelson, went forward and started her sustainable bakery called Conscious Confections. Her core aim of the business is to use natural, fair-trade and local ingredients and she delivers her orders on her bicycle!
Clare shares her thoughts about the fair saying, “I had a great time, there was plenty of space to move around in. So often events can be dry, formal affairs, but this one was a lot of fun to be a part of. Having the carbon people together and the bike people together helped to generate a theme in the different areas of sustainability.” She also mentioned that it is something she would love to see happen every year!
For sustainable cooking and food wastage, we also had Love Food Hate Waste Live Campaign Cooking Demos! Chef Richard Fox produced delicious vegetarian meals, such as pizza and biryani, for the audience, giving handy food preserving tips to reduce as much waste as possible.
To encourage public transport and cycling, TFGM were present, talking to students and having them sign up for upcoming bike maintenance workshops (going to be held at the Union). They also had their Smoothie Bicycle! It was one of most popular activity of the Fair.
We also had Carbon Literacy Project engaging the audience with their Carbon Balloon Game! A game designed to provoke reflection on everyday actions and resulted carbon emissions.
Other campaigns present included, Friends of the Earth, BlackFish and Action for Sustainable Living!
Another highlighted sector, in the Fair, was the Fashion Industry. With Pop Swap and a fun Charity Fashion Auction (organised by Sarah-Beth Cooper, SU Community Officer) we encouraged our students to set sustainable trends in fashion.
“Connect” is a venture between four international institutions and centred on sustainable innovation in fashion. It was a great project to be showcased at the Fair prior to their launch date, reaching more people from various backgrounds!
Every stand at the Fair had something to offer. We had knowledge sharing sessions as well as interactive games, such as Getting Wasted: MMU-made recycling app and CELT’s Sustainable Action Board. MMU Environment Team even handed out a planting essential set to help us find our green thumb!
All in all, this fair was a collaborative event, a part of NUS Responsible Futures Campaign, with the Union and the MMU Environment Team to celebrate the MMU Climate Week, encourage knowledge sharing between different departments.
Post contributed by Ayma Kazmi.
Ayma worked organising the Sustainable Futures Fair as an MMU Futures Co-ordinator (Jobs4Students role) in CELT and with the Environment Team.
Ayma is finishing her degree in the Buisness School and one of her main interests is sustainability.