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Green Shopper

Be a Green Shopper

Gioto Garbage Slum, Nakuru Kenya
Women's Plastic Recycling Business

Launch Success

The initiative was launched as part of the University of Southampton's Multidisciplinary Research Week 2013 (#MDRWeek) on Thursday 21st March.

The launch began with a fascinating presentation on 'Tomorrow's shopping: sustainable consumption in retail & ethical fashion' by Simon Kemp, Emma Waight and Ellie Tighe from the University of Southampton. The talks provided a gripping insight into consumption patterns in the retail sector and practical things we can do to create change and alter consumer shopping habitats.

After the talks, people came along to the Be A Green Shopper drop in session- a fun energetic work space which allowed attendees to relax, become inspired by the women from the slums of Nakuru, Kenya and to be creative via becoming a Green Shopper. At the launch, 15 people became a ‘Green Shopper' by designing and creating a personalised eco-friendly bag from the University of Southampton 60th Anniversary Campaign 'Changing the World for 60 Years' banner material (approx 15kg of re-used material).

Thank you to all those who attended the session- your enthusiam, creativity and time taken in sewing and designing an eco-friendly bags enabled the event to be a success! A big thank you also goes to: Jue Zhang, lead design and technical volunteer from the Winchester School of Art; Julia Kendal from the Green Academy; and our key note speakers: Simon Kemp, Emma Waight and Ellie Tighe.

The Launch in Pictures:

In Pictures- Be a Green Shopper Launch  See all the images from the launch on Pinterest.


Further details can also be found on the Be a Green Shopper #MDRWeek Blog post.

Videos and Interviews:

Simon Kemp - MDR Week 2013  Full Seminar 'Tomorrow's shopping'

Simon Kemp - Tomorrow's Shopping  Interview of Simon Kemp  

Ellie Tighe and Emma Waight - Tomorrow's Shopping  Interview of Emma Waight and Ellie


Download the presentations on slideshare at:

About 'Be a Green Shopper' Initiative

Inspired by her experience and visit to the Gioto Garbage Slum, Nakuru Kenya, SSS Research Coordinator Alison Simmance has launched the University of Southampton ‘Be a Green Shopper' initiative.

The Gioto Garbage Slum is home to an estimated 600 people (50% children) whose lives are balanced on more than 50 years of waste deposited from the local region. To help alleviate the inhabitants from poverty, an innovative business has been developed- the Nakuru Women's Plastic Recycling Business - which provides women with an ingenious way to earn money by creating purses and handbags from recycled plastics.

Inspired by this innovation, Alison has created the ‘Be a Green Shopper' initiative. Working in association with the University's Winchester School of Art and the Green Academy; the initiative allows you to create your own eco-friendly shopping bag from recycled material. The University 60th Anniversary 'Changing the world' campaign banners are used as the material with the ethos to create a long-lasting legacy of sustainability within the University.


Future events: the initiative will be rolled out at various other events across the university. If you would like to hold this fun session at one of your events then please do get in contact with Alison Simmance (


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In Pictures- Be a Green Shopper Launch
Charlotte Everitt become a 'Green Shopper'
Charlotte Everitt's Green Bag
Frances Clarke & Mylene Ployaert become a' Green Shopper'
Frances Clarke & Mylene Ployaert
Jue Zhang Lead Design Volunteer from Winchester School or Art
Jue Zhang Lead Design Volunteer
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Gioto Garbage Slum, Nakuru Kenya
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