Clothes Swap!

Don’t shop, swap! The Environment Centre in partnership with Sustainable Swansea will host a Clothes Swap event on Saturday, 28th of April. You can bring clothes, shoes, bags and accessorize and swap them with other clothing items. You can also join in our pre-swap “Repair & Revive” session at 11.15 am with The Creatory, and find out how to upcycle an item of clothing. Bring at least 3 or more quality items, clothes drop off from 10.30 am, swap starts at 12 noon.

£5 Entry, includes light refreshments. Space is limited so it is advisable to book in advance by e-mailing bookings@environmentcentre.org.uk or calling (01792) 480200.

Part of Fashion Revolution Week

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Environmental Events 2018 Brochure Out Now!

Just arrived hot off the press, the 2018 Swansea Environmental Events leaflet lists well over 250 events that encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the natural environment, learn more about wildlife and make lifestyle choices that support a healthy, more sustainable future for us all. The leaflet covers events running from April through to December.

Drop down to the Environment Centre to pick up your copy 10 – 4 Mon – Fri, or Sat 10 – 2 (We will be closed over the Easter period). Alternatively, you can view or download an online here Environmental Events Swansea 2018 or pick up a copy from local tourist attractions and public places.

 

 

New Products In Our Green Shop

The Environment Centre has a Green Shop supported by volunteers, its focus is on reusable, refillable and plastic-free products. Our shop is a great awareness-raising tool, enabling the local community to reduce waste and empower them to make eco-friendly purchasing choices, whilst supporting a local charity at the same time.

Our most popular section by far is the handy Ecover, BioD and Suma Self Service Refill Station, where a range of cleaning products including washing up liquid, fabric softener, all purpose cleaner, laundry liquid, toilet cleaner, hand soap and even shampoo and conditioner can be refilled. Just bring in an empty bottle to fill up, it’s very easy and simple to use.

We also have some great new products in stock, firstly F.E.T.E bamboo toothbrushes. A lot of people may not be aware that every plastic toothbrush ever made still exists in landfill sites today. Just a small change in our lifestyle, like using a biodegradable alternative, will make a big difference to our environment. We have a range of colours and both adult and children’s sizes.

We listen to feedback from our supporters, and realised there was a demand for collabsible reusable cups. Although our E-Coffee Cup range is very popular, they can be awkward to carry around on a daily basis particularly if you don’t carry a large bag or rucksack. Now we have the answer! The new Pokito cups have a combination of solid and silicone material, so they can squash down to fit into a smaller handbag or coat pocket – perfect for using on a daily basis around town, if you’re out walking or cycling, or if you’re travelling. We think they’re a great addition to our shop and it will enable people to cut out single-use coffee cup waste.

The Green Shop is open 10 – 4 Monday  – Friday, and 10 – 2 Saturday. Our shop can only be kept open with the support of our wonderful team of volunteers, if you’re interested in helping out please contact (01792) 480200 or email info@environmentcentre.org.uk

Fairtrade Fortnight Is Here: Come On In

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight between 26th February and 11th March 2018, there will be lots of events across the country promoting Fairtrade and demonstrating how your purchasing power makes a huge difference to people’s lives in developing countries.

Swansea has successfully retained Fairtrade City status since 2004, this year there is a programme of events for you to get involved with, a full programme can be found here

Highlights include a St David’s Party Event at Waterfront Museum on Saturday 3rd March, 
where Swansea Fair Trade Forum will be joining the party to celebrate all things Welsh and mark the ten year anniversary of Wales becoming the first Fairtrade Nation. Then on Wednesday 7th March local volunteers from Action Aid will be offering some tasty treats in the Environment Centre’s café from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, including homemade cakes with Fairtrade ingredients alongside a selection of Fairtrade teas and coffees.

For more general information on Fairtrade, take a look at the Fairtrade Foundation Website.

NEW Swansea Growing Spaces Green Map

Sustainable Swansea have produced a first edition of the online Swansea Growing Spaces green map, aiming to give people an idea of the wide range of different growing opportunities there are in the area. It includes places you can go for help and inspiration for starting on your own, and projects where you may like to grow in a community setting with others.
Growing your own plants or fruit and veg means that you get to control the quality of what you eat and, of course, the cost. It has other benefits too – working in a garden involves getting outside and exercising in the fresh air and will be of benefit to the environment, especially if the land was derelict or previously unused.

To view the online map click here or dowload a PDF here

 

 

Discover Fairtrade Gold: February 2018

The Environment Centre is hosting a photographic exhibition from the Fairtrade Foundation: Discover Fairtrade Gold, from 6th – 28th February 2018.
Up to 16 million men, women and children are pushed in to small-scale gold mining by poverty around the world. Faced with numerous challenges to earn a fair price for their gold, life is tough, conditions dangerous and livelihoods for most are precarious at best. You can support marginalised gold miners to improve their livelihoods and communities by encouraging others to choose Fairtrade Gold.
The Discover Fairtrade Gold photography exhibition is a set of 16 striking images, quotes and stories from gold mining communities in South America and East Africa which bring the challenges facing small-scale gold miners, and the difference Fairtrade can make to life.

The exhibition will be in the Centre’s Main Hall which is also used as a meeting room, so please check viewing availability in advance before making a special journey by calling (01792) 480200, or email info@environmentcentre.org.uk

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 will take place from 26th February to 11th March, find out more about Fairtrade in Swansea here

Heat Our Hall Appeal: Can You Help?

The Environment Centre is currently raising money to replace the heating system in the hall, can you help us to reach our target?

If you’re a regular user of the Centre, you’ll know that our heating system is old, inefficient, irreparable and in desperate need of replacing. As a small charity we do not have the funds to undertake such a large project, which is why we have launched this appeal.

Lots of local community groups and charities regularly use our hall including Swansea Carers Centre, Wheelrights, Swansea Organic Gardening Group, Swansea Friends of the Earth, Bikeability, The More Green Project, Women 4 Resources, Sustrans, RSPB, Swansea Ramblers, Oxfam, NCT, Barnardos, Helping Groups To Grow, and many more! It is used for training sessions, talks, board meetings, courses, meditation, tai chi, and film showings. We would love to provide a warm and welcoming meeting space for our users.

We will install a new energy efficient boiler to run in combination with our solar hot water panels on the Centre’s main roof, along with brand new heaters in the hall.

If you can help, please make a donation via our Local Giving page localgiving.org/appeal/heatourhall/. We have already raised over £3,000 to date (December 2017) so we are not far off our target of £5,000! We can also accept donations over the phone or by dropping money in in person. We’d like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far.

For more information please contact info@environmentcentre.org.uk or call (01792) 480200.

Green Fayre 2017: A Review

The Environment Centre’s Green Fayre took place on 18th & 19th November 2017 at the National Waterfront Museum. Despite having a smaller team of staff than in previous years, we acheived an estimated 4,185 visitors over the two days, an increase on last year.

In total, 67 organisations attended with stalls, 7 organisations gave free talks, workshops or activities, plus 4 organisations exhibited low carbon emission vehicles. The most popular talk was from Permaculture Wales about setting up a local networking group.

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The Environment Centre’s stall did particularly well having made more sales than ever before, and we had a very successful book swap raising over £80 in donations for the charity. We expect the Environment Centre charity to have raised around £2000 from the whole event, all proceeds go to the running of the Environment Centre –  A community hub inspiring everyone to make positive changes for a greener and healthier future.

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We’re still receiving feedback from stallholders but we’ve had some great comments so far: They liked “Meeting people/ explaining about our work/ raising awareness”, “new and interesting stalls, only eco fayre i know about in swansea”, “Great venue and lovely people”, “The buzz of like minded people”, and “love the fact that it goes on for 2 days”. We always try to improve the Fayre year after year, and we take on board any comments and suggestions for improvements from stallholders and customers alike.

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We wish to say a big THANK YOU to everyone involved, including our brilliant team of volunteers, the helpful Waterfront Museum staff, the stallholders for supporting the event and the customers who make the choice to support local green and ethical groups and businesses.

To see a list of stalls that attended in 2017 and more photos from the event, go to www.greenfayre.org.uk