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Plastic Free Swindon – simple guide

To help people make changes at a local level, we have put together this simple guide of actions that can be taken locally in order to reduce plastic pollution. For ideas on reducing the amount of plastic we buy, please check out our plastic-free blogs and Friends of the Earth’s plastic-free website. Refill Swindon reduces plastic water bottles by providing places for people to refill their reusable bottles. It is part of the growing international Refill scheme. Asking cafes, restaurants and pubs to support the scheme is a simple way to make positive change. Please contact us if you would like to help grow the scheme or would like to sign up. Supporting zero waste, local, independent and organic has many benefits for the health of people, animals and the environment. Fortunately for Swindon, we have shops that support those important aspects: Nude Foods is the new zero waste co-operative,[…]

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Zero waste shop launches

Swindon’s new zero waste shop, Nude Foods, launched on Wednesday 17th April 2019. Many people from the local community were there to celebrate and see the new shop in The Core. Nude Foods currently has 43 products for sale, all dry goods. It has taken 5 months to set up the shop, a co-operative / Community Benefit Society (CBS), serving the local community. Local media covered the launch including the Swindon Advertiser.

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Plastic Pollution Bill – template letter

You are welcome to use this template as a guide to write to your MP: Dear [Insert MP’s name] I am writing to express my support for the Plastic Pollution Bill, as drawn up by Friends of the Earth and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI), and supported by a cross-party mix of MPs. You can read more about the legislation at https://bit.ly/2K4bgvs. I welcome the government’s actions to tackle plastic straws, cotton buds and wet wipes. However those actions are not comprehensive enough as there are a lot more plastics that need to be dealt with. In order to phase out plastic pollution, we need to implement the Plastic Pollution Bill to commit this and future governments to making this happen. So, I ask you as my local MP to support the Plastic Pollution Bill. Yours sincerely, [Insert your name and address]

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Ecobricks in Swindon

What is an ecobrick and why is it important? ‘An Ecobrick is a reusable building block created by packing clean and dry used plastic into a plastic bottle to a set density.   Ecobricks enable us to take personal responsibility for our plastic’ ‘When we save, segregate and pack plastics into bottles, we can make building blocks that can be reused over and over again. Together we can build green spaces that enrich our community and remove plastic from the biosphere.  Together we can transition from plastic to ever greener harmony with Earth’s cycles.’ Ecobricks are a way to deal with some of the vast amounts of plastic pollution out there. It is important to understand that this is not ideal in the long-term and that, for many reasons, we need to be moving towards zero waste. Projects encourage community collaboration, teach about plastic pollution and show how difficult plastic is[…]

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Zero Waste Shop launch in Old Town

It’s a pleasure to announce that the new zero waste co-operative, Nude Foods, will be opening in Old Town on the 17th of April at 6pm in The Core, 4 Devizes Road, SN1 4BJ. Lesley Chandler who has led the setup of the initiative writes:”The most marvellous news is that we are collaborating with The Core in Old Town. Kris, the owner, has very generously offered a space to set up a zero-waste outlet within the café. This wonderful offer means we will be able to stock approximately 60 dry food products. Kris will also be selling fruit and veg, unwrapped of course. This is much more than our original plan for a pop-up shop. Not only that, but we will be open 6 days a week alongside the café. We want our project to be ‘for the community, by the community’ and have therefore decided to operate as a[…]

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‘My Town, My World’

Sustainable Community Art Project SCAN are working with Artsite, local artists and local businesses to produce a town centre mural. The town centre is in much need of regeneration. The project is designed to reinvigorate community art in the town centre and provide positive messages. SCAN will be working with Artsite and the chosen mural painters to incorporate important messages around sustainability. Funding for the project is from InSwindon BID. Creative workshops will be put on for people coming into the town centre to get involved in, based around art and issues of waste. Details tbc. The closing date for applicants is the 24th March 2019. If you would like to be involved and / or for further information, please see this Link magazine article.

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Write to your MP – plastic legislation

Friends of the Earth have produced a Plastic Pollution Bill to phase out plastics. It forms effective legislation to ensure the phasing out of plastic pollution, ensuring three commitments: Now: Begin phasing out unneeded plastics, making exceptions for essential uses such as in medicine and those vital to the quality of life of disabled people. ASAP: End pollution from hard-to-replace plastics (like from car tyres, clothing etc). Aim for near zero plastic pollution by 2042. The first action to take is to sign Friends of the Earth’s petition and use their template letter to write to the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, asking him to support the Plastic Pollution Bill. The second action is to write to your local MP. We have a template letter that you can cut and paste. If you’re not sure who the MP for your area is, please use this search tool. For South Swindon residents,[…]

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Green Drinks – Town – March 2019

7-9pm Tuesday 12th March at The Roaring Donkey, 6 Albert Street, Swindon, SN1 3HJ. Our monthly social. Plenty of local activity to talk about:– April is to see the opening of the new zero waste shop in Old Town.  Some of those involved in its organisation will be at Green Drinks.  More info coming soon…– The Ecobricks Swindon group has had a couple of meetings.  A demonstration was given at the recent zero waste shop meeting.  Ecobricks are a positive way that communities can deal with non-degradable plastics.– SCAN have aspirations for the town with regards to energy conservation.  We were recently in Penhill with the Centre For Sustainable Energy giving energy advice and discussing how to get an initiative off the ground.– And much more… We are a friendly bunch. Hope to see you.  Or, if you prefer, please come along to Penhill Green Drinks.

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Sustainable Choices Event

‘Hi,I’m Kate, the creator/author of Sustainable Choices. I only made the decision last June to stop being lazy and start thinking a bit harder about ways our family could be less wasteful and more conscious about our impact on the environment.I want people to understand that this event was started because I found the research into ways I could change some of our living habits quite time consuming. I felt that was a problem. How will more people learn about all this ‘eco-stuff’ if they aren’t even looking. My household is by no means zero waste. At this stage I don’t think that is possible for us but I do care enough to want to try. What I started to do was to find a network of people who can offer those alternatives and the information I needed. As I began to do that, I decided it would be great[…]

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