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Winter Closing Times @ The Environment Centre

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The Environment Centre’s Green Shop and Coffee Shop will be closed on the following dates:

Saturday 9th December (We’ll be at the Vegan Christmas Fair at the National Waterfront Museum 10am – 4pm with a selection of products from the green shop – come and say hello!)

CLOSED FROM 4pm Friday 22nd December to 10am Monday 8th January 2018. (Due to being short staffed the Green Shop and coffee shop will be closed to the public for a longer period than usual, we apologise for any inconvenience). We will still be open for room bookings between 2nd – 5th January 2018.

Season’s greetings to all and a Happy New Year!

Coming Up: Wild Plant Paper Making Workshop 17th February 2018

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NEW for 2018, the Environment Centre is hosting a workshop with Bryan Collis from Wild Plant Paper 10.30am – 1pm on Saturday 17th February 2018. In this practical workshop you’ll be making your own paper sheets from foraged wild plant pulp. The paper can be used in art projects, paper and card craft or to make decorative items such as tealight holders.

The cost is £12.50 per head, booking is essential. Doors open at 10am for settling in and refreshments. Children under 14 can attend but must be supervised by an adult. To book contact bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk or T. (01792) 480200.

Green Fayre 2017: A Review

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The Environment Centre’s Green Fayre took place on 18th & 19th November 2017 at the National Waterfront Museum. Despite having a smaller team of staff than in previous years, we acheived an estimated 4,185 visitors over the two days, an increase on last year!

In total, 67 organisations attended with stalls, 7 organisations gave free talks, workshops or activities, plus 4 organisations exhibited low carbon emission vehicles. The most popular talk was from Permaculture Wales about setting up a local networking group. The Environment Centre’s stall did particularly well having made more sales than ever before, and we had a very successful book swap raising over £80 in donations for the charity. We expect the Environment Centre charity to have raised around £2000 from the whole event, all proceeds go to the running of the Environment Centre –  A community hub inspiring everyone to make positive changes for a greener and healthier future.

We’re still receiving feedback from stallholders but we’ve had some great comments so far: They liked “Meeting people/ explaining about our work/ raising awareness”, “new and interesting stalls, only eco fayre i know about in swansea”, “Great venue and lovely people”, “The buzz of like minded people”, and “love the fact that it goes on for 2 days”. We always try to improve the Fayre year after year, and we take on board any comments and suggestions for improvements from stallholders and customers alike.

We wish to say a big THANK YOU to everyone involved, including our brilliant team of volunteers, the helpful Waterfront Museum staff, the stallholders for supporting the event and the customers who make the choice to support local green and ethical groups and businesses.

To see a list of stalls that attended in 2017 and photos from the event, go to www.greenfayre.org.uk 

Pledge To Support The Swansea University Bike Share Scheme!

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Swansea University are aiming to bring a brand new bike share scheme to Swansea, as part of Santander Cycles University Challenge.

During their crowdfunding campaign which runs from midnight on 6 November to midnight on 8 December 2017, Swansea University are calling upon staff and students, as well as Swansea businesses and local residents to get involved and pledge to help bring this fantastic cycle scheme to Swansea. The two winning universities will be those that raise the highest percentage of funds above their initial target and will each receive £100,000 worth of equipment and infrastructure to establish a bikeshare scheme for their community.

If they win the campaign, the bikeshare scheme will launch in Spring 2018 and will link Swansea University’s Singleton Park and Bay Campuses, providing the local community with 50 bicycles and 90 “stations” located at five hubs stationed along the main cycle path.

Please pledge to support the Crowdfunder by clicking here

More information about the Cycle Scheme can be found here

 

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

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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 Anita on (01792) 480200 or email education@environmentcentre.org.uk (Please note that Anita only works part-time 2 days a week, so might not be able to get back to you straight away).

 

The Environment Centre Joins Terracycle Recycling Programme

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Fantastic news! The Environment Centre will soon be collecting specific items of waste to be recycled that can’t go through the normal council recycling collections. Terracycle has big brand partners that sponsor free collections of different waste streams, and for each item we collect, money will be donated to our charity. We will be a drop off point for items including baby food pouches (washed), clean biscuit wrappers, air freshener packaging and clean beauty product packaging.

TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.

Once the recycling boxes are in place we will release a full list of items that you can drop off. In the meantime, find out more about Terracycle here!

Kickstart Your Plastic-Free Lifestyle With Us

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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.

 

Environment Centre Urban Garden Creating A Buzz!

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The Environment Centre’s urban garden is a little-known hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the town centre and maritime quarter. It is maintained entirely by volunteers, and our head volunteer gardener, Anca, has put in many hours to acheive a fantastic haven for wildlife and a wonderful relaxing place to sit and have a cuppa.

20245457_1484232998309908_3848580593675977942_nOur garden is so bee friendly, that for the past 2 years we now have a resident population of Tree Bubmlebees at the top of the building in the back garden. You can find out more about Tree Bumblebees here 

 

We also see many birds, butterflies, spiders and other critters out and about.

To demonstrate reuse and recycling, we have exmples of repurposed containers including an old broken Henry vacuum, an unwanted sink and even an old ceramic toilet bowl!

The garden features many attractive, edible and fragrant plants and flowers, including herbs such as thyme, sage, oregano, chives, lemon balm and mint, tayberries, rhubarb, blackcurrants, strawberries, lavender, fennel and chamomile. The garden is free and open for everyone to make use of the produce, so drop in a take a look!