Coming up: Beginners Bike Maintenance

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The Environment Centre in partnership with Schmoos Cycles, is holding a bike basics class for people who want to learn about their bike and how to maintain it. The tutor, Julian, is a very experienced in repair of all sorts of bikes and has his own bike shop on Humphrey Street.
There is no need to bring your bike, as Julian will use a couple of bikes to demostrate on. There will be opportunity for Q&A throughout the session, and tea and coffee will be provided.

The seeion will cost just £5 per person, and advance booking is strongly advised as our previous bike maintenance classes have been fully booked. Contact (01792) 480200 or bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk to book your space.

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).

 

Green Fayre Stall Registration Now Open!

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The Swansea Green Fayre is a fantastic opportunity for eco-friendly businesses, organisations or campaigns to engage with the general public. The event, organised by the Environment Centre, is well-established with over 70 stalls and approx 4,000 visitors over two days. It will take place at the National Waterfront Museum on 18th & 19th November 2017, 10am – 4pm both days.

What our stallholders said last year:
“Lovely atmosphere and good selection of stalls”
“Great for networking and talking about environmental interests”
“I loved the event, I made enough money to make it worthwhile and met amazing people.”

We are also planning a series of talks and workshops, as well as extra activities over the weekend.

We are now accepting registration forms, if you’d like a stall at the Fayre please complete a form from the Green Fayre website . For more information email bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk

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!

Sustainable Swansea: Green Spaces Photo Competition

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Fancy winning a £25 book token? 
Sustainable Swansea, a project of Swansea Environmental Forum, have launched a new photo competition. Simply get out and explore any of the many amazing sites on the new Swansea Green Spaces map, it could be anything from scenery, views, flowers, trees, wildlife or anything else you find there – it’s up to you!

The competition is open to all regardless of photographic ability, to enter send an email to dai@environmentcentre.org.uk with your best snap showing what the place means to you!

To get a copy of the map you can call in to the Environment Centre for a paper copy or to get a pdf to view on your computer, click here

The competition closes on 31st August 2017, one entry per person. For more information visit www.sustainableswansea.net

Happy snapping!

Join Us At The Swansea Vegan Festival, 15th July 2017

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Swansea Vegan Festival is back for 2017!

Join us at the Brangwyn Hall on Saturday 15th July from 10.30am- 5pm for Swanse Vegfest’s biggest and best event yet. There will be tasty food, cooking demos, sweet treats, health and beauty products, guest speakers, kids area, discussion groups, gifts, animal charities, ethical fashion, plus plenty of other information and inspiration!

The Environment Centre will be having a stall selling vegan cleaning products, food / snacks, bamboo toothbrushes, refillable and reusable products.

£2 Entry, under 12s free

There will be early access for disabled visitors from 10am providing an opportunity to do some shopping before the crowds arrive. For the full stall list and vistor information please visit-www.swanseavegfest.co.uk . See you there!