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Plastic Free Swindon – simple guide

*Last updated 2nd February 2020. We have put together this simple guide to reducing plastic. Working together as part of the global Break Free From Plastic movement, we can eliminate plastic pollution. This is a work in progress; as the campaign expands so, will it. Supporting zero waste, local, independent and organic has many benefits for the health of people, animals and the environment. Fortunately for Swindon, we have a couple of brilliant community shops that support these important aspects: Nude Foods is the new zero waste co-operative, launched on April 17th 2019. *Update – Sadly Nude Foods stopped trading in January 2020. An announcement is to follow shortly. Founded in 1976, Swindon Pulse Wholefoods is a co-operative that sells a variety of local, organic produce, increasingly providing options for zero waste. Refill Swindon launched in September 2018. It is part of the growing international Refill scheme. For those of[…]

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Eastcott Historical Tour Litter Pick

Sunday 6th October, 2-5pm. Swindon Climate Action Network and Eastcott Community Organisation organised this litter pick with a twist. The Eastcott area is steeped in history. Andy Binks, of Swindon Society and Swindon Heritage, provided us with some cultural and historical information as we restored some cleanliness and pride to the local area. Eastcott, like other areas of Swindon, has problems with litter. We covered a good area including the park by Savernake Street Social Hall, and alleyways that attract rubbish of all sorts, large and small. We finished the litter pick in Radnor Street Cemetery, resting place to 30,000 people! We looked around the old chapel in the centre of the cemetery, which has memories of Swindon’s past, especially the world wars. In the warmer months, Swindon Society put on tours of the cemeteries, including Radnor Street, where they share information on the lives of people buried in the[…]

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Ecobricks in Swindon

This article contains information on what an ecobricks is, how they’re used, how to make them properly and tips on making them. Please fully read the information, including links, before contacting us with queries. Thanks. 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[…]

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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

Litter picks are important for many reasons.  Waste, a large amount of it plastic, negatively affects local communities.  It is a blot on the landscape and, often, unhygienic.  It causes suffering for wildlife, such as birds who get caught up in it.  I have seen several examples of this locally including a swan who had partially swallowed some fishing line with a syringe attached, and pigeons with deformities from getting tangled in waste.  Picking up litter helps challenge the normalised culture of littering.  It is shown in practise to reduce the amount of litter that is dropped.  Hence it forms part of our campaign to educate and work together in order to reduce plastic pollution. We started the Plastic Free Swindon campaign for Plastic Free July in 2018 with a joint litter picker in Pinehurst with RSPCA North Wiltshire.  This was after conversations about how plastic and other waste products[…]

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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. Only use clean, dry, non-biodegradeable plastic. Any organic material can cause the bottle to explode. No metal / foil, as used in some crisp packets and sweet wrappers. Again, see the ecobricks website for further detail. Start with smaller bottles, if you have them. They are easier to get right. Intersperse the lighter plastic with the more rigid plastic to maximise the density. Start with lighter / easily crushable plastic. Scrunching it up a few times first makes it easier to compact in. Cut the more rigid plastic up and insert it in small layers. Weigh your bottle frequently to ensure that you achieve the correct density. If you are filling a bit at a time, make sure you compact the partly filled bottles again before you start adding more plastic,[…]

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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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