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Sustainibbles Are Here

The Environment Centre is really pleased to now have a new fabulous range of paper-packaged foods. A great variety of products from our new suppliers Sustainibbles, who are based in Bridgend.
Sustainibbles aim is to help our community buy their grocery essentials without single use plastic, in an easy and accessible way. 
Through the use of paper bags, buying these products can help to reduce the ever-growing issue that is single use pack. 
The Environment Centre shares this goal and decided to support them by selling in our shop those new plastic free packaged merchandise.
The current stock includes pasta, rice, pulses, oats and flour and we are hoping to extend the range in the future. 
As well as being in recyclable packaging some of these foodstuffs are also organic.
This kind of packaging isn’t our first attempt at reducing non-decomposable materials in the world (starting from Swansea!).  We also sell bottle of house cleaning and personal hygiene liquids from Ecover, Bio-D, Suma and Faith in Nature and you once have bought the first one you can refill it here at The Centre as many times as you want, at a reduced cost.
If you want to try the new plastic-free products, or start your refilling habit, pop down to the shop!
We are open from 10am to 4pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

Towards a One-Planet Swansea

On Monday 13th May, the Environment Centre hosted a talk by local author David Thorpe who launched his new book – One Planet Cities: Sustaining Humanity within Planetary Limits and posed the question ‘How can the increasing human population survive and thrive while repairing the damage done to nature by reducing our ecological footprint. David gave a presentation which set out a system for communities to declare an intention to become ‘one planet’ and there followed an open discussion on how Swansea could become the first  ‘one planet’ city and how to tackle the climate emergency.

A copy of David’s talk is available below, and you can email him to find out more or get your copy of his book at hello@davidthorpe.info

The event was part of the Working With Nature series organised by The Environment Centre in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and Swansea Environmental Forum.

Annual Meadow Seed Mix

Now on sale in the Environment Centre shop 10g packs of Cornfield 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 2020.

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

Do you have a few hours to spare every week?

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.

 

#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 Craft and Artwork for Sale

We are now selling a variety of hand crafted items made by local artists.

Danielle Charles prints photos on recycled wood boards portraying some of the most beautiful landscapes and buildings that Swansea has to offer, such as Worm’s Head, Mumbles Pier and Lighthouse, Black Mountain and many others.

Also we have craft from Bryan Collis from Wild Plant Paper, who makes unique paper from foraged wild plants and then uses it to make paper suitable for crafting, cards and tealight holders. If you are interested in learning how to make paper from wild plants, you can check out the workshop that Bryan is running on Saturday 12th of May at the Centre.

If you are a local crafter with a strong environmental ethic, and you are interested in selling your craft in our shop contact us.

We are open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

 

Free Eco-Art Classes

Three fun and enjoyable art classes with textile artist Ruth Norbury. Hammered Leaves on Sat 19th of May, Art From Beach Findings on Sat 16th of June and Postcard Craftivistm on Sat 21st of July will allow you to learn about important environmental issues and make powerful statements with your own craft.

The events will lead up to the Festival of Stitch exhibition, running from 10th to 30th of August. It will be themed around the Sea and feature works from Ruth Norbury and Haf Weighton. For more information visit www.swanseafeastivalofstich.co.uk.