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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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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‘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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Swindon Council Climate Change Motion – Thursday 24 January 2019

Come to Council to watch our local government debate Swindon’s first Climate Change Motion. On Thursday 24 January 7pm, a motion is being debated by Swindon council at it’s full council meeting. If you feel this is important, it would be very worthwhile to discuss it with your councillors and come to the meeting to observe the debate from the gallery. The details of the meeting and the currently proposed motion are here: https://ww5.swindon.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=284&MId=9503&Ver=4 Many councils around the world and in the UK are starting to realise the urgency of action to mitigate climate change and the attendant environmental destruction. Bristol for example has recently passed a ‘zero carbon 2030’ motion, and London has followed suit: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/14/bristol-plans-to-become-carbon-neutral-by-2030 https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/assembly/call-on-mayor-to-declare-climate-emergency# Swindon could be in the vanguard of the transition to a zero-carbon economy, delivering economic benefits to Swindon in terms of new jobs and market opportunities. The motion as currently proposed by[…]

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Healthy Homes: DIY Energy & Money Saving Session

Organised by SCAN, this is an introductory session on the basics of DIY Energy & Home Money Saving led by local Energy Efficiency specialist Mike Neate of ECO-DC The session is on Sunday 27th January 2019 from 9.30 to 12:00 at Savernake Social Hall, Savernake Street, Swindon The demonstations and issues explained will include: How heat is lost Draft-proofing / air-tightness Condensation and ventilation Cold spots: cold bridging and insulation DIY opportunity to have a go A few spaces are still available, so if you would like to attend please confirm your interest via our contact page by Friday 18th January. In addition to this free “taster session”, we are intending to stage a follow up short course – probably 4 “hands on” sessions lasting 2.5 hours each later this year. Looking forward to seeing you on Sun. 27th.Gerry, Lucas and Anna, SCAN Steering Group

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Pinehurst Litter Pick – January 2019

6th January 2019. We started 2019 as we intend to go on, with positive action. Three community organisations, RSPCA North Wiltshire, Swindon Street Reps and Swindon Climate Action Network, worked together to clear up litter as part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign. There is rubbish all over Swindon, it’s so unnecessary. It injures animals, looks horrible and much of it needn’t have been made in the first place. Thanks to all involved for doing such an excellent job of clearing estate and woodland areas in Pinehurst. At the end of the litter pick, we sorted out the rubbish for recycling. Good job. The combination of community groups worked well and we intend to continue working together to brighten up Swindon for all. More litter picks to come… This event was covered in an article by the Swindon Advertiser.

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Climate Cafe – ‘Powering Up’

We heard from Ellie Stevens of the Centre for Sustainable Energy on their ‘Powering Up!’ project which looks at Building Energy Resilience in low income communities. “What happens to low-income households whose energy bills suddenly increase? When energy prices rise dramatically or families experience a change in circumstances such as an elderly relative living at home? And how can such households and their neighbourhoods be supported to become more ‘energy resilient’? These are questions that the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) is exploring through its Powering Up! project, working in three low-income communities – Penhill in Swindon, Druffyn in Newport and Hamp in Bridgwater.  “We don’t want any community to be left behind – community energy can have huge social and financial benefits; it can bring people with common concerns together, generate income towards other projects and lift people out of fuel poverty. Through this project we are applying community[…]

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