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Fairly Fun Quiz Night – 5th March

7-9pm, Tuesday 5th March 2019

A challenging, fun filled evening to help raise awareness of fair trade and raise funds for the Environment Centre.
Form a team with friends and colleagues or just come along and join a team on the night.

– 4-6 players per team
– £3 per player

Prizes to be won and a raffle!!

Bring your own drinks – nibbles provided

For more information 01792 480200 or info@environmentcentre.org.uk

Fairtrade Afternoon ‘Chocla-tea’ – 27th February

Wednesday 27th February, 1-4 pm

Join Swansea Fair Trade Forum for some scrummy homemade cakes and a warm Fairtrade drink at the Environmetn Centre.
limited spaces
– pre-booking essentials
– £4 per person

For more information and booking 01792 480200 or bookings@environmentcentre.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/420338055370092/

Land and Sea Exhibition – From 22nd February to 22nd March

An exhibition of paintings by Alan Dobson

22nd February to 22nd March 2019

A display of landscapes and seascapes in oil by local amateur artist, Alan Dobson, in his first public exhibition.

Meet the artist
5.30-7pm
28th February

Cycle Maintenance Workshops @EnvironmentCentre

The Environment Centre is collaborating with local charity BikeAbility to offer two cycle maintenance workshops to kick off the new year

Attend one or both sessions:

Saturday 9th February (10am–1pm): Introductory level: includes an introduction to tools, adjusting your bike for comfort, preventative care, fixing a puncture and adjusting brakes.

Saturday 9th March (10am–1pm): Intermediate level: work on your own bike – change brake blocks, learn how to replace cables, gear limits and indexing.

  • limited spaces
  • pre-booking essential
  • £5 per person
  • includes refreshments

To book: 01792 480200 or bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk

#PlasticFreeSwansea

You will, no doubt, all be aware of the increasing amount of news items, activities and campaigns around being plastic-free or using less single-use plastic in our everyday lives, due to its impact on the environment and the oceans in particular.

A group to co-ordinate the local effort emerged in Swansea in April 2018 and has recently held its second meeting at the Environment Centre.  There we heard from Plastic Free Pennard and Surfers Against Sewage and also from Geraint Davies MP, who has launched a plastics Bill through parliament.

The group’s volunteers are moving ahead on many fronts but activities are focussed around four aspects. They are ‘Shop’, ‘Inform’, ‘Campaign’ and ‘Get involved’ and more information on these can be seen on the new website. Facebook and twitter accounts have also been set up to help spread the word.  The public meetings are open to anyone who is interested so keep your eyes peeled for information after the summer and feel free to get in touch with any suggestions or ideas delyth@environmentcentre.org.uk

This is just the start of the work in Swansea -so please support us and connect on social media!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/plasticfreeswansea

Twitter: @plasticfreeswan

Website: plasticfreeswansea.weebly.com

 

New Products In Our Green Shop

The Environment Centre has a Green Shop supported by volunteers, its focus is on reusable, refillable and plastic-free products. Our shop is a great awareness-raising tool, enabling the local community to reduce waste and empower them to make eco-friendly purchasing choices, whilst supporting a local charity at the same time.

Our most popular section by far is the handy Ecover, BioD and Suma Self Service Refill Station, where a range of cleaning products including washing up liquid, fabric softener, all purpose cleaner, laundry liquid, toilet cleaner, hand soap and even shampoo and conditioner can be refilled. Just bring in an empty bottle to fill up, it’s very easy and simple to use.

We also have some great new products in stock, firstly F.E.T.E bamboo toothbrushes. A lot of people may not be aware that every plastic toothbrush ever made still exists in landfill sites today. Just a small change in our lifestyle, like using a biodegradable alternative, will make a big difference to our environment. We have a range of colours and both adult and children’s sizes.

We listen to feedback from our supporters, and realised there was a demand for collabsible reusable cups. Although our E-Coffee Cup range is very popular, they can be awkward to carry around on a daily basis particularly if you don’t carry a large bag or rucksack. Now we have the answer! The new Pokito cups have a combination of solid and silicone material, so they can squash down to fit into a smaller handbag or coat pocket – perfect for using on a daily basis around town, if you’re out walking or cycling, or if you’re travelling. We think they’re a great addition to our shop and it will enable people to cut out single-use coffee cup waste.

The Green Shop is open 10 – 4 Monday  – Friday, and 10 – 2 Saturday. Our shop can only be kept open with the support of our wonderful team of volunteers, if you’re interested in helping out please contact (01792) 480200 or email info@environmentcentre.org.uk

NEW Swansea Growing Spaces Green Map

Sustainable Swansea have produced a first edition of the online Swansea Growing Spaces green map, aiming to give people an idea of the wide range of different growing opportunities there are in the area. It includes places you can go for help and inspiration for starting on your own, and projects where you may like to grow in a community setting with others.
Growing your own plants or fruit and veg means that you get to control the quality of what you eat and, of course, the cost. It has other benefits too – working in a garden involves getting outside and exercising in the fresh air and will be of benefit to the environment, especially if the land was derelict or previously unused.

To view the online map click here or dowload a PDF here

 

 

Kickstart Your Plastic-Free Lifestyle With Us

The Environment Centre’s Green Shop has lots of products to help you live a plastic-free lifestyle. Single use plastics are a major global concern, not only are they filling up our bins and landfill sites, they are polluting our countryside, rivers and oceans, they are washing up on our beaches and being consumed by wildlife. Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans.

If you want to take action and change your habits, come along to our Green Shop where we have the only Ecover Refill station in Swansea as well as BioD and Suma product refills. We also stock popular Humblebrush bamboo toothbrushes, reusable food wraps, stainless steel straws, food containers, Ecoffee Cups and both reusable and degradable sanitary & hygeine products. Every month we’re looking to increase our range of plastic-free products, so join our mailing list or follow us on Facebook to receive new product updates.

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Our Green Shop is open 10 – 4 Mon – Fri, and 10 – 2 on Saturdays. The shop is run by volunteers so not only are you helping the planet, you’re supporting skills and training opportunities for volunteers and supporting a local independent Charity.

Want to do more? There are many charities campaigning for reducing plastic, support them and join the plastic-free revolution!

Surfers Against Sewage Sign up for your free action plan. #JoinTheResistance

Marine Conservation Society For the protection of seas, shores and wildlife.

Greenpeace Microbeads campaign.

Keep Wales Tidy  Green Flag & Blue Flag labels, Eco-schools and Tidy Towns.