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!

Film Night – Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story on 28th Sept 2017

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Come along to see Just Eat It, a 74-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films in partnership with British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. The film will be in the Environment Centre’s main hall on Thursday 28th September. Doors open at 6.30pm, film starts at 7pm.

Delicious entertainment – you’ll never look at your fridge the same way again!

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. 

See the trailer here http://www.foodwastemovie.com/about/

£6.00 entry per person, spaces are limited so advance booking is advised. A discussion on food waste will follow the film. Refreshments and popcorn provided! To book, call (01792) 480200 or email bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk , card payments accepted.

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!

Environment Centre @ Troublemakers Festival – 14th & 15th July 2017

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Come to the Exchange Café and share your views, ideas and take action on the biggest issues facing the planet.

The Environment Centre’s Exchange Café will be popping up at the Volcano Troublemakers Festival on 14th and 15th July, and hosting a discussion about one of the biggest issues the planet faces today….Plastic Pollution!

All troublemakers know about the big problems facing our planet but they also know that by taking small actions collectively we can make a difference. Come and raise your own awareness about plastic, discuss the problems and the solutions and leave having taken a pledge to take a personal action in the battle against plastic pollution, with Sarah Kersey.

 

‘Living without plastic and creating a plastic free Swansea’

At the workshop we’ll be discussing:

– Plastic…the good, the bad and the ugly

– How Swansea is on the ‘front line’ of the battle against plastic pollution

– What are the solutions for a plastic free Swansea

– How we can all make a difference

There will be two workshops over the weekend, free entry:

14.00-16.00 Friday

16.00-18.00 Saturday

For the full Troublemakers programme, visit http://www.volcanotheatre.co.uk/whats-on/troublemakers-programme