Pledge To Support The Swansea University Bike Share Scheme!

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Swansea University are aiming to bring a brand new bike share scheme to Swansea, as part of Santander Cycles University Challenge.

During their crowdfunding campaign which runs from midnight on 6 November to midnight on 8 December 2017, Swansea University are calling upon staff and students, as well as Swansea businesses and local residents to get involved and pledge to help bring this fantastic cycle scheme to Swansea. The two winning universities will be those that raise the highest percentage of funds above their initial target and will each receive £100,000 worth of equipment and infrastructure to establish a bikeshare scheme for their community.

If they win the campaign, the bikeshare scheme will launch in Spring 2018 and will link Swansea University’s Singleton Park and Bay Campuses, providing the local community with 50 bicycles and 90 “stations” located at five hubs stationed along the main cycle path.

Please pledge to support the Crowdfunder by clicking here

More information about the Cycle Scheme can be found here

 

Mindfulness: Taster Session @ The Environment Centre, 29th November

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Mindfulness is all about living in a way that supports us to get the most out of life – to live fully, rather than just survive. Learning mindfulness has been shown to help with managing stress, anxiety and low mood. Many people feel that being more mindful helps them to be aware of the natural world and to have a greater appreciation of the environment. Growing a more mindful way of being in life requires commitment, training and lots of practice.

Come along to this taster session to find out how to begin with Sarah Millband, a qualified and experienced psychotherapist and counsellor, find out more about Sarah here  The session will be at 5.30pm – 7pm on 29th November 2017 at the Environment Centre, £10 per person / £8 conc. Booking is essential, please contact T. (01792) 480200 or e-mail: bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk

The Green Fayre is back, bigger and better than ever! 18th / 19th November.

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The Environment Centre’s Green Fayre returns on 18th and 19th November 2017 at the National Waterfront Museum, it is a unique experience with the environment and ethics at its heart. Discover over 70 stalls including fresh tasty local produce and talented craftspeople offering green festive gifts. Be inspired by local volunteer projects and campaign groups alongside top tips on how to live more sustainably. Gain skills and learn more about green issues through a series of free talks and workshops – small actions can make a difference to big problems. New for this year, amongst new stalls there will also be electric vehicles on display, a Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Info stand and a visit from Shiko African Drum Group on the Saturday.
With FREE ENTRY and kids activities, it’s a great day out for all the family! The Fayre is open 10am – 4pm both days. Below you can find the current stall list (alphabetical order):
ActionAid (SAT ONLY) . Animal Equality . Ann Paddison scarves & accessories . Arbonne UK . Audrey Vincent craft . Becorations: Handmade recycled decorations . Bejewelled hearts by Sarah Pearson. . Bertrams . BeWilder-Nature Photography By Geraint Radford . BikeAbility Wales . Bspoked Enterprises . Coeden Fach Tree Nursery . Community Green Spaces . CND Cymru . Dawn Williams craft . Dilys Richards craft . FiregemsGreenpeace UK . Hadeel fair trade Palestinian goods . HANOVER HANDYCRAFTS . Heavenly Organics Skin Care . hipo hyfryd . Jammy Pam with Josie Davies . Jan Jones Jewellery . Julie Morton craft . Lifeforms art and conservation . Little Valley Bakery . Love Zimbabwe Charity: 1137434 . Low Carbon Swansea . Miss.Chievious Gladrags . National Trust Gower . NaturAlly Fed . Neals Yard Organic Remedies . Oxfam Cymru . Pantyruchedydd Farm . Paramaethu Cymru . Pencae Mawr Farm . Points Of View Environmental Photography . Rosehill Quarry Group . Rspb Cymru . Sauer Power . Sea Glass Trinkets ‘n’ Treasure . Sea Shepherd UK . Skylark Environmental Arts . Snowshill Woodcrafts . SustainableSwansea . Swansea Community Growing Network . Fair Trade Swansea . Swansea Friends of the Earth Cyfeillion y Ddaear Abertawe . Swansea Organic Gardeners (SUN ONLY) . Swansea Remakery . Swansea Vegfest . The Creatory Wales . The Environment Centre (Green Fayre organisers) . The Forgotten Bookshop Girl . The Soap Baa . Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay . Tools For Self Reliance Cymru . Welsh Historic Gardens Trust . Wild Plant Paper .Women4Resources . Woodruff Woodturning .

There will also be a schedule of free talks and workshops:
SATURDAY:
11am – A talk on Fermented Food with Sauer Power
12.00 – Big Crochet Chat with Women4Resources
1pm – A talk on Tools For Self Reliance in Tanzania by TFSR
2pm – A talk on Permaculture In Wales by Paramaethu Cymru
3pm – Why You Should Start Journaling by The Forgotten Bookshop Girl

SUNDAY:
11am – A 1 hr workshop on Journaling by The Forgotten Bookshop Girl
1pm – The Hidden Beauty In A Blue Bottle by Neals Yard
2pm – A talk on Permaculture In Wales by Paramaethu Cymru
3pm – A talk on NaurAlly FED To Health by NaturAlly FED

For more information and posters visit www.greenfayre.org.uk
#greenfayre17 

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).

 

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!