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Plastic Free Swindon – simple guide

We have put together this simple guide to reducing plastic. In this way, we can work together to overcome 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. Taking part in challenges such as Plastic Free July or Waste Free February are good ways to learn together and get some support whilst doing so. We have a number of activities on for Plastic Free July 2019. 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[…]

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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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Litter Picks around Swindon with North Wilts RSPCA, Swindon Street Reps, CARIG…

To launch the Plastic Free Swindon campaign for Plastic Free July 2019, RSPCA North Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) decided to organise a joint litter pick in Pinehurst. This was after conversations about how plastic and other waste products pose a very real threat to wildlife and domestic animals.  RSPCA North Wiltshire kindly wrote an article for SCAN about this in relation to their work.  The Pinehurst litter picks are still going strong with regular volunteers as well as others coming in and out.  We are also starting to make more ground, so we are making a difference! So, RSPCA North Wiltshire and SCAN made the decision to organise another litter pick in Gorse Hill.  Our first litter pick there was in May 2019.  A good start to a litter-blighted area.  Thanks to Michael’s Workwear in Gorse Hill for providing us with free gloves! We joined Swindon Street[…]

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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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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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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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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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