New Plastic-Free Food In The Green Shop

The Environment Centre is delighted to be working with Pwys – Plastic Free Produce , a Swansea-based business that sells products without plastic packaging. Pwys sell products via their website and the Swansea Food Assembly, but are now also available in our Green Shop.

We were now stocking food such as Organic muesli, oats, rice, lentils, chickpeas, quinoa and pasta, packaged in recycled brown paper bags in either 500g or 1kg weight. Ideal to take home and store in your own jar or airtight container.

This is a great way to eliminate plastic waste that ends up in landfill that can take hundreds of years to break down, in exchange for a simple paper bag that can be recycled.

The Green Shop is normally open 10am – 4pm Mon – Fri, and 10am – 2pm Saturdays (please note that the Shop will be closed on Mondays throughout August 2018). For more information contact 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

 

Best Start Story Book Art Exhibition, July 2018

The Environment Centre is pleased to be hosting a new Story Book Art exhibition in June and July 2018. Positive early years experiences are so important to all children, and in Swansea Best Start are working towards ensuring that all children are given the very best start in life.

If children have the best start in life, they are likely to be healthier, more likely to be better learners and less likely to experience poverty and deprivation as adults. Having the best start in life can lead to a greater likelihood of having a good job and a better standard of living. They are also more likely to be able to look after the environment and contribute to safe and propsperous communities.

Two fantastic children’s story books have been written to support the Best Start Swansea Campaign. These story books focus on some of our key messages for parents. The fist book, ‘An Adventure With Gramps’ focuses on the importance of play, and spending time together, while the second book, ‘Rainbow Soup’ has a special focus on being as healthy as we can be.

Both books have been written by Swansea parents for their children, and for the children in Swansea to promote giving every child the Best Start in life. The parents’ fantastic artwork is up on display in the Main Hall, and FREE copies of the books (Welsh and English) are available to pick up.

Please check opening times before you make a special journey to view the exhibition.

Green Shop CLOSED Sat 2nd June and Sat 9th June 2018

Unfortunately due to staff and volunteers not being available, the shop will be CLOSED on Saturday 2nd June. We will be open as normal 10 – 4 Mon – Fri.

The shop will also be CLOSED Saturday 9th June as we will have a stall at the Swansea Vegan Festival 10.30 – 5pm at the Brangwyn Hall, why not visit us there?

Therefore our next Saturday Shop opening will be Sat 16th June 10 – 2. We apologise for any inconvenience!

#PlasticFreeSwansea Meet 14/06/18

There is a new PlasticFreeSwansea group and their next get together will be at the Environment Centre on Thursday 14th June at  7pm.

It will include:

  • Giving feedback on progress so far
  • Launch our website & social media feeds
  • A rep from PlasticFreePennard group to share ideas and activities so far
  • Small discussion groups on ideas to move it all forward including ideas for a big even

They will also be collecting people’s motivation for getting involved, supporting the initiative, taking action and more for use on social media and web.

Everyone welcome!

For more information you can contact Delyth Higgins at Delyth@environmentcentre.org.uk

Creative Writing 23rd June 2018

A Workshop for adults with Lynne Stretch, teacher and author. The workshop will follow environmental themes. There will be an opportunity to discuss a selection of current news topics and create stories using these environmental themes.

Also learn how to raise public awareness and how to send your finished work to local magazines and utilise social media.

The workshop will be on Saturday 23rd of June, from 10am to 12pm at The Environment Centre. £5 per person, booking is essential as spaces are limited. If you want to book call 01792 480200 or email bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk

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.