BRAG spreads the word at Brentford market

BRAG members Hugh and Douglas show off our bags

BRAG members Hugh and Douglas show off our bags

BRAG had a stall at Brentford market at the end of October, sharing a table with the Brentford Works, and had a very successful morning. We gave out about 100 of our cotton shopping bags and sold jars of home-made jams and marmalades for the Marie Curie cancer charity. BRAG committee members Catharine, Douglas, Hugh, Rukmini, Wendy and Virginia were all in attendance, promoting the fewer-plastic bags message alongside the free cotton bags, which are also available at Brentford Works. Check out the BRAG Flickr page for more photos of this and previous events: https://www.flickr.com/groups/brag/pool

BRAG AGM

The fifteenth Brentford Recycling Action Group (BRAG) Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday, 18th November 2014, at 7.00pm at the Docking Station, 108 High Street, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8AT.

The AGM will comprise a review of BRAG’s activities in the past year, including our work at community events, followed by a number of presentations and a question-and-answer session. We will round off the evening with refreshments, where you’ll have a chance to chat with members and guests in an informal setting. Continue reading

Danish app helps reduce electronic waste

Økologiske Råd  (Eco Council) in Denmark has launched a mobile app that lets users know where they can get their electronic products repaired, even if the product was bought in another shop and the warranty period has expired. The idea is to inspire people to repair their electronics instead of throwing them out. The app has been developed as part of a project to promote the repair of electronic equipment, thus reducing the amount of waste.

The app is currently available only in the App Store for iPhones (and only for Denmark), but is also accessible at http://reparationsguiden.dk/. The guide additionally contains information on repairs for kitchen and electrical equipment; furniture and fixtures; textiles; hobby and sports equipment; tools; and art and music equipment. The project was financed by a government grant. More information (in Danish) http://www.ecocouncil.dk/udgivelser/artikler/affald-og-spildevand/2431-ny-app-til-reparation-af-elektronik

Slim your bin with the Rubbish Diet

Would you like a quick and easy way to reduce the amount of waste in your bin? Then sign up to the Rubbish Diet and get tips and support from a whole online community of Rubbish Dieters. Within a month, you should be enjoying a lighter bin and less hassle – and you might even make some savings.

The Rubbish Diet has the broader aim of shrinking the waste train that leaves London six days a week.  It is made up of 26 carriages holding 78 containers of household waste from just six London boroughs: Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond.  The train’s contents go straight to landfill here in the UK. It’s reckoned that about 67% of its contents could have been recycled first.

The Rubbish Diet is a simple two-step programme: First, you’re asked to check whether you can recycle one more thing and to share your own ideas for avoiding waste. The second step is about making the most of your food.

The programme is tailored to your area and comes in the form of handy emails with tips, links and information about how to get started. Most participants reduce their waste by up to 70%.

Sign up for the Rubbish Diet at http://challenge.therubbishdiet.org.uk/; further information is available at http://www.therubbishdiet.org.uk/wastetrain/ and https://www.facebook.com/westlondonrubbishdiet.

October Meeting

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Toll House, Brentford Lock
Brentford Dock
on Tuesday 7 October 2014

Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Rukmini West, Douglas Benford, Virginia Fassnidge, Catharine Browne, Wendy Mackenzie, Kath Richardson, Louisa Perkins, LBH, Adam Paul, The Rubbish Diet, Sam Thomas, Canal and River Trust. Continue reading

Waste-reduction event in Southall Oct. 16, with film, tips, discussion and more

Ealing Council and HelpLink are screening a short animated film, The Story of Stuff, this Thursday evening, 16 October, at the Dominion Centre in Southall.

The film, which is suitable for all ages, takes a light approach to showing how to generate less waste and save money.

In addition to the film there will be upcycling demos, discussion, free food and drink, opportunities to engage with local councillors, and more.

The event is free and takes place at the Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall UB2 4BQ. Doors open at 7.30pm.

You can learn more by visiting: http://www.southalltransition.org /events

Dutch environmental group tackles food waste with ‘doggy bag’ initiative

A Dutch environmental group, Natuur & Milieu, has launched a campaign to persuade restaurant patrons to take home their uneaten food and thereby reduce food waste. Natuur & Milieu has distributed 50,000 doggy bags, accompanied by a starter pack, free to restaurants to encourage their participation in the campaign. The doggy bags were developed with input from catering staff, who were asked what kind of container they preferred.

Restaurant patrons who want to take food home can let their waiter know by means of a Boomerang card, which is available free of charge in many restaurants. The cards come in a number of versions, with messages including “A compliment to the chef” and “I always fancy something tasty in the evening”.Milieuclub wil taboe doggybag doorbreken

Natuur & Milieu said that the Dutch catering industry wastes 50,000 tonnes of food annually, the equivalent of 77 million hot meals.

Before launching the campaign, Natuur & Milieu carried out a survey on food waste, which found that 78% of participants said they hated wasting food, but that 80% of restaurant-goers never take home leftover food. Respondents cited embarrassment (52%) and lack of awareness (55%) as the major reasons for not asking for a doggy bag.

Natuur & Milieu’s partners in the campaign are packaging specialist Depa Disposables, NGO Oxfam Novib and banking group Rabobank.

For more information, see (in Dutch) http://www.doggybag.nu.