Monthly Archives: November 2014

Help us raise Funds when you shop online

The Environment Centre is raising free donations this Christmas through easyfundraising.
If you’re buying a gift online then you could help, and it won’t cost you a penny!
Here’s how easy it is to do:
Just visit a retailer (like John Lewis or Amazon) via the easyfundraising website and any purchases you make will raise a free donation for us. It’s that simple!
easyfundraising have already helped raise over £7million for charities and good causes across the UK. They work with the leading retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Argos and Marks and Spencer to name but a few.
It takes just a couple of minutes to register for free and no payment details are needed.

Please visit our invite page to  find out more:

You can Invite a friend and raise £1 per friend who signs up too!

Environment Centre Late Night Christmas Shopping

Annual Late Night Christmas Shopping

Open Till 8pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

At the Environment Centre’s Green Shop


There is a chill in the air and the jingles are playing, it can only mean one thing, Christmas is coming. We understand that the lead up to Christmas can be a very busy time so we have decided to open our Green Shop into the evening to allow you to come relax and shop.

We have extended our stock to cover all types of gifts and presents for all members of the family, from children’s toys to relaxing incense.  All of our items are from fairly traded sources, so that you can relax and enjoy Christmas safe in the knowledge that other people, the producers and makers of your resents all over the world will enjoy their’s as well.

No Christmas would be complete without decorations in the home and these don’t have to be plastic and bad for the environment. Come join our team and learn to make some hand crafted Christmas decorations from waste plastic, paper and other household items. We have crafts for adults and kids, so the whole family is welcome this Christmas at the Environment Centre. Sit and relax and enjoy a cup of Fairtrade hot chocolate and winter treats.


Asda and Tesco – Make your Bananas Fairtrade!

Following on from Foncho’s visit and campaign in February, we are being asked to support banana producers like him and get Tescos and Asda to stock only Faitrade bananas – Coop, Sainsburys and Waitrose already do.


Bitter banana price battles between the UK’s biggest supermarkets are trapping vulnerable farmers and workers in poverty.

Over the past 10 years, the price supermarkets charge for our loose bananas has halved, whilst the cost of producing them has doubled, leaving many banana farmers and workers caught below the poverty line.make-bananas-fair-lockuplogo_fairtradeStick-with-Foncho-logo-purple

Why we’re asking Asda and Tesco to switch

Asda and Tesco are two of the biggest bananas sellers in the UK and major players in this price war. Thousands of farmers and workers grow the millions of bananas they sell each year, yet less than one in ten of these bananas comes with Fairtrade certification, which research shows is the best independent assurance that those who produced them were protected from the pressure of low prices.

Why go Fairtrade?

The FAIRTRADE Mark guarantees producers a minimum price designed to cover their costs of production, and an extra amount of money (the Fairtrade Premium) to invest in improving their farm and community.

Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and The Co-operative have already acted to give their customers confidence that they’re not squeezing their farmers and workers – 100% of the bananas they sell are Fairtrade certified. Asda and Tesco, selling less than 10% Fairtrade, lag a long way behind.

We need to know that farmers and workers aren’t paying the price for our cheap bananas. Asda and Tesco are negotiating their banana contracts right now so it’s important to act quickly.Watch the Youtube video campaign and then contact your local store managers!

Fairtrade London dust off their banana suits and take a special message to their local Asda and Tesco stores #gofairtrade. We’re calling on Asda and Tesco to turn their bananas Fairtrade. Act now to help protect the millions who grow the UK’s favourite fruit at the site will help you to contact local store managers to tell them how you feel.

Green Fayre – Not long to go!

Annual Festive Green Fayre

 Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th November 2014

10am to 4pm

At the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea


We hope you’re all looking forward to the Green Fayre – we most certainly are, with only a couple of weeks to go!

If you’re wondering what’s going to be there, there’s now a stall list available on the website at

The fayre has a long history and a loyal following, the Environment Centre Swansea is proud to say that this is the area’s 30th annual (almost) Green Fayre! We are also pleased that the National Waterfront Museum are again hosting it.DSCF8875DSCF8881DSCF8893DSCF8899To give you a taster of what to expect, there will be over 60 stalls in all, old and new, including projects based at the Environment Centre like Clear Streams and Sustainable Swansea, the local Greenpeace group who can inform you of their current campaigns, and Penllegare Trust who will be able to update you on what’s new at Penllegare Valley Woods.

Also there, will be Wildwood Design with a lovely collection of small upcycled furniture, handmade cards and recycled clothing, and Out To Learn Willow who will be selling willow products as well as doing demonstrations, and letting you try your hand at a bit of willow weaving!

Make sure to check out Hadeel’s stall this year, who will be selling Palestinian Fairtrade goods, as well as Tibetan Dawn, where you can buy beautiful and colourful Fairtrade clothes, bags and jewellery all the way from India.

On Saturday 29th we will be joined by eco-home expert David Thorpe. He will be on hand to answer all your questions on making your home more sustainable and your bills smaller. If you need some more energy saving advice, we also have Total Energy Efficiency with us, plus we’re excited to have Restless Landscapes who not only have beautiful handcrafted recycled items to sell, but are offering support to local communities in producing their own food.

We will be welcoming Merton Community Choir for the second year running, they will be singing to us on Sunday 30th at 1.30pm. We had such good feedback last year, that this is definitely not one to be missed.

If you’re after some nibbles definitely don’t miss the Fancy That! Bakery who will have a glorious range of vegan baked goods, we’ll definitely be hovering over there from time to time! Also Hipo Hyfryd are back with their smooth, delicious vegan and organic chocolate.Well if that’s not enough to tempt you I’m not sure what will, but we do have a few things in the pipeline to make it a memorable weekend, and one not to be missed. So see you there!

For up-to-date news you can also ‘Like’ the Green Fayre Facebook page:Facebook_logo_(square)

Grenda’s Halloween Adventure

Ever wonder what the Environment Centre staff get up to in their free time?! Well now you can find out.

Take a look at “Grenda’s Halloween Adventure”, a short video documenting the adventure of Grenda Green as she visits the Centre on the eve of Halloween… She meets creatures of the night and learns many things along the way! puppets and props produced by EC staff using recycling methods. Keep an eye on our blog for more information about how we made these puppets and how you can make some yourself at

Centre staff would like to assure that no puppets were harmed in the making of this video.

Courtesy of EC Productions (AKA Matheu Broom and Phoebe Gauntlett)