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BIRD BOX MAKING WORKSHOP – Saturday, 20th October

10am-12noon, Saturday 20th October 2018

The Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea

  • build a bird box with expert support
  • learn about helping garden wildlife
  • all materials and tools provided
  • £5 per person
  • limited places
  • pre-booking with payment required
  • children must be 8+ and accompanied
  • refreshments available

For bookings pop into the Environment Centre or call: 01792 480200

#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 Plastic-Free Food In The Green Shop

The Environment Centre is delighted to be working with Pwys – Plastic Free Produce , a Swansea-based business that sells products without plastic packaging. Pwys sell products via their website and the Swansea Food Assembly, but are now also available in our Green Shop.

We were now stocking food such as Organic muesli, oats, rice, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa and pasta, packaged in recycled brown paper bags in either 500g or 1kg weight. Ideal to take home and store in your own jar or airtight container.

This is a great way to eliminate plastic waste that ends up in landfill that can take hundreds of years to break down, in exchange for a simple paper bag that can be recycled.

The Green Shop is normally open 10am – 4pm Mon – Fri, and 10am – 2pm Saturdays (please note that the Shop will be closed on Mondays throughout August 2018). For more information contact info@environmentcentre.org.uk

 

Do you have a few hours to spare every week? We need volunteers!

The Environment Centre is in need of volunteers…could you help?

Our Charity could not operate without the fantastic team of volunteers who help us out every week, there are a few vacancies in different roles including: serving in the Green Shop and reception, helping with administration and data entry, updating our website and social media accounts, gardening, helping at events and more. We are particularly in need of Saturday volunteers to help out in the Green Shop 10am – 2pm.

We have volunteers from all walks of life and a wide range of ages from students to retired people. We have regular volunteer social meet-ups where we brush up on skills or visit places of interest (usually cake is involved!), and we have a very friendly team of staff who work closely with the volunteers. Volunteers unsually have their own 4 hr slot every week and it helps provide routine for people who may have been out of work for a while. We offer travel expenses so that you wont be out of pocket for helping us out. Volunteering is a great way to gain work and life skills, meet new people, socialise, it can help open doors to employment and it makes you feel good!

If you’d like to know more, contact us on (01792) 480200 or email info@environmentcentre.org.uk.

 

Sept – Oct 2018 Exhibition: Saving Energy, Saving Money

A new exhibition will feature in the Environment Centre’s main hall from 12th September to 26th October 2018, concerning saving energy in the home and saving money. There will be practical advice and information on reducing your energy costs, including how to switch energy supplier, grants for greening your home, community energy schemes, energy monitors and smart meters, and easy lifestyle changes.

There will also be two advice worksops with uSwitch on Friday 14th September at 11am and 2pm (each about 40 minutes long), and a drop-in session on Saturday 15th September from 10am to 2pm. Come along to speak to an expert on understanding your energy bills, how to switch to a cheaper supplier or tarrif, and gain some great tips on how to reduce energy use in the home.

There will also be a workshop about Smart meters in early October – more details to follow.

The Environment Centre is open Tues – Fri 10am-4pm, or Sat 10am-2pm, however the main hall is often used for meetings and training events, so if you are wanting to visit the exhibition, please call in advance before making a special journey.

 

Reducing Carbon Emissions: Have Your Say

The Welsh Government are seeking your views on what actions we should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The consultation presents initial thoughts on how we might reduce emissions by 45% between now and 2030. The proposals include:

  • accelerating sustainable energy production and foster local ownership
  • improving opportunities for active travel and develop a comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles
  • setting higher energy efficiency standards for new building projects.

For more info and to have your say, go to beta.gov.wales/low-carbon-pathway-wales 

The consultation period ends on 4th October 2018.

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