Green and Thrifty Fortnight – learn how to save money and help the planet too!

Hampshire Library Service is launching its first ever Green and Thrifty Fortnight this month (10-24 February), with lots of free climate-friendly events designed to help people save money

Feb 2 2024

Something ‘green and thrifty’ is happening in every Hampshire library throughout the two weeks, which includes the half term holiday. There's something for everyone - from learning how to make clothes last longer and how to save money on energy bills to batch cooking lessons and tips on growing your own food.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Education, Councillor Steve Forster, said: "We're really excited to bring this fortnight of cost-saving, eco-friendly events to our libraries. We all have a part to play in creating a more sustainable future and our Green and Thrifty Fortnight is a great opportunity to learn, get involved, and find out how to make a difference. There are fun workshops showcasing easy and clever ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle – things we can all do that can help save money too.”

The Green and Thrifty Fortnight events include:

  • Fabric Repair Cafes: learn how to repair and adjust clothes to make them last longer and save money.
  • Waste Prevention Roadshows: find out how to reduce waste, reuse what you already have and recycle better.
  • Green and Grow: swap unwanted seeds at the library and learn how to grow your own herbs.
  • Man with a Pan: hands-on, healthy eating, cookery programme for people who want to learn how to cook tasty meals in a slow cooker and save money.
  • Squashing the myths about veg: taster sessions to learn more about school meals in Hampshire.

A full schedule of events can be found on the Green and Thrifty website at