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Grow Wild! with The Environment Centre

Now on sale in the Environment Centre shop 10g packs of Classic Wildflower Mix seeds. Sow in your garden and help make Swansea a more colourful place! You will help our pollinators, such as bees, and enjoy a stunning and ever changing display – dainty whites, blues, pinks and reds from late spring to gorgeous autumnal colours later in the season.

The packs are sold at £3.50 each. Come get them as soon as possible, they must be sown by end of June 2018.

 

 

May Day Quiz Night

On Tuesday 1st of May, come to the Environment Centre to enjoy a challenging, fun-filled night and help raise funds for the Centre.

You can form a team with friends and colleagues or just come along and join a team on the night (4-6 players per team).

From 7 pm to 9 pm, £3 per player. Prizes to be won and a raffle. Bring your own drinks – nibbles provided.

Wild Plant Paper Making Workshop

Come to the Environment Centre on Saturday 12th of May and make paper from locally grown wild plants. After a demonstration of the cooking and beating process by Wild Plant Paper, you can make your own sheets of paper from prepared pulp and take them home to finish drying off.

Please come in clothes that will not mind getting wet. You may wish to wear an apron. Please bring about 20 J cloths to ‘couch’ your paper and a plastic bag to take it home with you. When you get home, you will need some old newspaper or printer paper and a heavy weight (eg a box of books) to dry your paper out fully.

£12.50 per person. Includes paper to take home with you, ideal for crafting and art projects. Refreshments included. Under 14’s can attend but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The workshop starts at 10.30 am and will finish at 1 pm.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited, payment is required upon booking, cash or card. T. (01792 480200), bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk.

Clothes Swap!

Don’t shop, swap! The Environment Centre in partnership with Sustainable Swansea will host a Clothes Swap event on Saturday, 28th of April. You can bring clothes, shoes, bags and accessorize and swap them with other clothing items. You can also join in our pre-swap “Repair & Revive” session at 11.15 am with The Creatory, and find out how to upcycle an item of clothing. Bring at least 3 or more quality items, clothes drop off from 10.30 am, swap starts at 12 noon.

£5 Entry, includes light refreshments. Space is limited so it is advisable to book in advance by e-mailing bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk or calling (01792) 480200.

Part of Fashion Revolution Week

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Environmental Events 2018 Brochure Out Now!

Just arrived hot off the press, the 2018 Swansea Environmental Events leaflet lists well over 250 events that encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the natural environment, learn more about wildlife and make lifestyle choices that support a healthy, more sustainable future for us all. The leaflet covers events running from April through to December.

Drop down to the Environment Centre to pick up your copy 10 – 4 Mon – Fri, or Sat 10 – 2 (We will be closed over the Easter period). Alternatively, you can view or download an online here Environmental Events Swansea 2018 or pick up a copy from local tourist attractions and public places.

 

 

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

Fairtrade Fortnight Is Here: Come On In

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight between 26th February and 11th March 2018, there will be lots of events across the country promoting Fairtrade and demonstrating how your purchasing power makes a huge difference to people’s lives in developing countries.

Swansea has successfully retained Fairtrade City status since 2004, this year there is a programme of events for you to get involved with, a full programme can be found here

Highlights include a St David’s Party Event at Waterfront Museum on Saturday 3rd March, 
where Swansea Fair Trade Forum will be joining the party to celebrate all things Welsh and mark the ten year anniversary of Wales becoming the first Fairtrade Nation. Then on Wednesday 7th March local volunteers from Action Aid will be offering some tasty treats in the Environment Centre’s café from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, including homemade cakes with Fairtrade ingredients alongside a selection of Fairtrade teas and coffees.

For more general information on Fairtrade, take a look at the Fairtrade Foundation Website.

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