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Plastic Free Swindon – Aims

Plastic Free Swindon is a campaign to eliminate plastic pollution. It is designed to help facilitate change by engaging with the people, organisations, institutions and representatives of Swindon. We seek to understand barriers to change in order to implement solutions. When we set up the campaign, we drew up a plan of engagement and have been working on different aspects of that. Swindon Climate Action Network are the affiliated Friends of the Earth group in Swindon, which means we are one of the organisations that form the global Break Free From Plastic movement. Plastic Free Swindon is one of many plastic-free town and city campaigns across the UK. And efforts to reduce plastic pollution are happening in groups like ours in countries all over the world. Together we can end plastic pollution. By working together, through simple local actions, we can affect the necessary changes. We desperately need legislation to[…]

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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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Plastic Free July 2019

‘Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics?’ Plastic Free July is a good way to try and go plastic-free. It’s a very useful exercise and enlightening to the extent of plastic use around us. Reduce the demand, reduce the supply, reduce the pollution. It’s an important aspect towards making the changes that we need. Some local people who took the challenge last year wrote blogs to share their experiences, and to help and encourage others. Helpful Facebook groups such as the Plastic Free Living Swindon, Refill Swindon, Ecobricks Swindon and Let’s fight Plastic Pollution! Together! have been doing what they can to help encourage and facilitate change. For Plastic Free July this[…]

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‘My Town, My World’

Sustainability and Community Art Project and Workshop *Update – The mural is complete. Article to follow shortly. As part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign, SCAN have been working with Artsite, InSwindon BID and local businesses to produce a town centre mural and to run a one-day workshop. The town centre is in much need of regeneration. This project is about hope, community, creativity and sustainability. It is designed to reinvigorate community art in the town centre and provide a positive space with activities and information. Thanks to InSwindon BID for funding the project and helping to organise these events. Two muralists have been chosen have been chosen to create the mural on Regent Street in town:Martin Travers is an experienced muralist who grew up in Swindon. He ‘travels the world painting murals and working on community arts projects’. Martin will be mentoring local muralist Peter Cowdy who has done[…]

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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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Ecobricks Tips

Here’s a few tips that we hope that you will find useful: Watch the videos on the ecobricks website. Don’t forget – only use clean, dry, non-biodegradeable plastic. Start with small bottles if you have them, they are easier to get right. Start with the lightweight easily crushable plastic, I also find scrunching it up a few times first makes it easier to compact in. Cut the more rigid plastic up and put it in in small layers. Weigh your bottle frequently to ensure you are getting the right density from the start. If you are filling a bit at a time, make sure you compact the partly filled bottles again before you start adding more plastic, if the bottles have been left for a while the plastic starts to expand.

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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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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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