Countdown to Green Fayre!

Coming up soon, on 23rd and 24th November, we are busy finalising  floor plans and ticking off publicity tasks.

The range of stalls is as diverse as ever, with some new and exciting organisations, as well as some of the familiar stalls we are all fond of.

Do make sure you put the date in your diary and come along!

New Products in the Green Shop


As we continue to search for plastic-free alternatives to use around the house, we are pleased to now have in stock some fabulous soap bars from local supplier Suddy.uk. Suddy is aiming to be a waste-free biodegradable business. The soaps are made from Welsh grown vegetable oils and they are formed in moulds made from reclaimed wood. The lemon soap is for washing dishes and the lavender one is for general household cleaning or laundry. The washing up soaps are easiest to use in a container and we have a few available already dished. More information about the soaps and tips for using them are available in the shop.

Autumn Habitats Display

Nature On The Doorstep

Swansea Council’s Nature Conservation Team have given us their exciting new display promoting Nature On The Doorstep. There are some great photos and some lovely informative pop up banners.

The Environment Centre is on Pier Street, Swansea (to the right of Morgan’s Hotel) and is open Tue-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 10am-2pm. The exhibition room is often used for meetings and training events so please call first to check availability for exhibition viewing.

Environment Centre Supports TerraCycle Scheme

We are now a TerraCycle collection point

We are pleased to be part of this international initiative as one of a number of places across Swansea collecting ‘hard-to-recycle waste’ – things that can’t go in your normal household recycling. The scheme generates small amounts of money for the organisers, that are donated to local schools or community groups. For us, the rewards go to Waunarlwydd Primary School.

There is a wide range of items included in the scheme, though not all collection points accept the entire range. Here at the Environment Centre, we are happy to take charge of your bread bags, crisp and snack packets, biscuit and sweet wrappers, toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes, spray trigger heads and tassimo pods and packaging. The table below gives lots of detail, and we have summarised it into our own list too.

Please do make sure you check carefully against the list which things you can bring!

There is a growing number of locations around Swansea offering these collections now. The waste is never landfilled or incinerated, only circular methods are used (reuse, upcycling or recycling). For more info see the TerraCycle website:


https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/about-terracycle/how_we_solve

Refill Station Popularity Increases

Data on the use of the Environment Centre’s Refill Station has been collected over the past two years and our volunteers recently analysed the figures and prepared an infographic display to illustrate some of the key changes over the past two years (see below). The Highlights include:

  • The range of products and brands has increased from 10 products and 3 brands in 2017 to 20 products and 4 brands currently available.
  • The level of refill sales has doubled from around 100 litres per month in 2017 to over 200 litres per month this year.
  • The total number of plastic bottles saved through refilling over the two years is approx. 2,800 (based on number of litres sold).
  • Refilling saves a significant amount of cost for customers but has also raised over £1,700 for the Environment Centre in the past two years.

Environmental Events Swansea 2019 Published

The 2019 Environmental Events Swansea booklet includes details of over
250 events taking place in and around Swansea from April to December. These include a wide variety of walks, talks, workshops and activities to encourage people of all ages to enjoy nature. Most of the events are FREE or at low cost so everyone can join in.
Look out for several special events and festivals during the year, such as Spring Clean Cymru in April; Wales Nature Week, Gower Walking Festival and Bike Week UK in June; the Beach Sculpture Festival in July; the Gower Show in August and the annual Green Fayre in November.
The Further Information section at the back of the booklet provides details of over 40 local organisations and projects that organise events and activities linked to the environment.

To download a copy – click here.

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.

Judy Roots Pop Up Cafe

27th July 10.30 – 2.30 here at the Centre

Judy will be serving delicious climate-friendly food, including salads, summer mediterranean tart, and a range of vegan, veggie and gluten-free cakes.

Just drop in!