Refill Swindon launched with a bang!

On the 2nd September, Refill Swindon launched at the Eastcott community centre Repair Café. With the help of Deputy Mayor, Cllr Kevin Parry, the scheme was officially welcomed to the town, encouraging a spike in interest as people got involved and spread the blue logo further across Swindon. Cllr Parry said “I’m fully supportive of this campaign and I was delighted to launch it. Anything we can do as a town to reduce plastic waste has got to be a positive step and it’ s really good I think to see small and national businesses coming out to support it. The less plastic we use, the less litter we’re going to create and that has to be a positive impact on the town centre.” Refill Swindon Coordinator, Hollie Snyder, with Cllr Kevin Parry cutting the ribbon to welcome the scheme to Swindon   With each household using an average of[…]

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‘No Plastic Bands’ – Swindon musicians support the plastic campaign

No Plastic Bands is a series of gigs supported by Swindon musicians who care for the environment, about the problems that plastic pollution are causing. The gigs are to raise awareness of plastic pollution and the Plastic Free Swindon campaign, to raise money for the campaign and to have an enjoyable night of music where people come together for the common good.  The launch was covered in this article by the Swindon Advertiser. We have had two gigs so far. The Castle welcomed us on the 27th July 2018 for the opening gig. An eclectic mix – Canute’s Plastic Army, Palm Rose and Frances The Farmer graced us with their music.  The second gig was kindly hosted by The Beehive on the 5th October 2018. This time, the music was along folky lines. S’Go, Talis Kimberley and The Bellflowers provided the excellent entertainment. Thanks so much to the performers and[…]

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2nd Pinehurst Litter Pick, with North Wilts RSPCA

On Sunday 28th October 2018, RSPCA North Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) organised a second litter pick in Pinehurst as part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign.  Both organisations want to provide positive solutions to the problems that plastic waste causes.  A litter pick is a good way to do this: reducing litter and the harm it causes, reusing and recycling where possible, raising awareness of issues, bringing people together out of care, helping to make the local area nicer for all.   We had a good day. This article on the work of RSPCA North Wiltshire describes the harm that litter causes wildlife and why it is important to urgently address these problems. Please see our Facebook pages (RSPCA North WIlts’, SCAN page, SCAN group) for more information. Be the change…

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Pinehurst Litter Pick with North Wilts RSPCA

RSPCA North Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) worked together to provide this event as part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign. Plastic and other waste products pose a very real threat to wildlife, birds and other animals: https://swindonclimate.org/rspca_plastic_free/ So, we decided to do something positive about it. Helping to clean up Pinehurst, making it nicer and safer for animals and humans and caring for our environment. We will use some of the plastic collected in this event for art projects as part of Plastic Free Swindon. There were a mix of people who work for RSPCA North Wiltshire and SCAN volunteers at the event so it was a good opportunity to find out about the work that goes on in Swindon. This is one of several planned litter picks for Plastic Free Swindon. For more info on the campaign: https://swindonclimate.org/category/campaigns/plasticfreeswindon/

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Swindon Street Reps Supporting Plastic Free Swindon

Swindon Street Reps are a group of volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in their local community. Started in 2015 by Swindon Borough Council Housing as a way of engaging tenants and residents in better communication with the council, the role evolved into a more active and diverse range of activities. One of the first and on going activities Street Reps engaged in was community litter picks. Litter is a real issue on the estates, especially off the main roads where it may be missed by clean up crews. Litter causes many issues to the environmental well being of both people and wildlife, plastic especially as it doesn’t break down. Street Reps sought to tackle this by running ‘litter pick parties’ where a group would focus on a few streets at a time and clean the area. They would also aim to inform and educate people on proper[…]

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Film – Addicted to Plastic

Addicted to Plastic – From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. For better and for worse, no ecosystem or aspect of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. Addicted To Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses, why there’s so much of it and what we can do about it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. We were pleased to  show this film in July as part of our Plastic Free Swindon campaign. The film provides an excellent, well-rounded overview of plastics. We had a positive discussion about the issues that the film brings up, possible solutions and ways to get involved to make much-needed positive changes.

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Support for Plastic Free Swindon campaign from RSPCA

RSPCA North Wilts is just one of the organisations backing Swindon Climate Action Network this month, in their Plastic Free Swindon campaign. Plastic and other waste products pose a very real threat to wildlife, birds and other animals, creating a serious issue for local animal charities like RSPCA North Wiltshire. Nationally, the RSPCA receives more than 5,000 calls a year about animals affected by litter. Spokesperson for Swindon’s local branch Katie North tells us “We are thrilled to get behind SCAN to raise awareness on this really important issue. I don’t think many people realise just how big the problem of littering is in terms of the threat it causes to wildlife and other animals”. Everyday objects that may seem perfectly safe, if found accidentally by animals can be very hazardous when not disposed of correctly. Plastic waste like carrier bags and plastic can holders can be extremely harmful with[…]

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SCAN Launch Plastic Free Swindon

Swindon Climate Action Network are pleased and excited to announce the Plastic Free Swindon campaign; a collection of events and actions to engage and collaborate with the people, organisations and institutions of Swindon. Events will include art creation, a community clean-up for our animal friends, live music, films, creative competitions, a plastic-free blog, articles written by local groups and people and more… We launch this campaign on World Environment Day, the 5th of June 2018, a UN initiative which, this year, addresses plastic. Swindon will play its part and we encourage you to get involved!! The campaign will incorporate Speak Up Week, which runs from the 30th of June to the 8th of July, encouraging us to influence our MPs to make good choices on our behalf. We will be challenging the people of Swindon to sign up to Plastic Free July and encourage others to do the same. Going plastic[…]

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Swindon Climate Cafe – Wildlife and Climate Change

Our fifth Climate Cafe featured a talk and Q&A on Wildlife and Climate Change by Simon Smith, who spoke about how wildlife adapts to climate change, and what can we do to help? Simon answered these questions with a focus on our local wildlife. Having worked and volunteered in environmental conservation for over 30 years, Simon is passionate about our local wildlife and how science can be applied to prevent extinctions. This was another free event put on by SCAN, and hosted by our friends at Darkroom Espresso. Photograph – Adonis Blue, one of the species benefiting from climate change (taken by Simon)

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