The 28 EU member states will be required to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags by 80% by 2025 under new rules agreed by the European Union this week. Countries can decide themselves how to achieve the goal, through measures such as charges for plastic bags or outright bans.
There is already a 5p charge for single-use bags in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and England will follow suit in October, with the money collected to be used for environmental and charitable causes.
Do you have an electrical appliance or electronic device that needs repairing? If so, come to Hounslow’s first-ever restart party on Saturday, March 7, at the Hounslow Library and give your objects a new lease of life.
Restart parties are pop-up community events offering free repair services to participants. They are the brainchild of The Restart Project, a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer by sharing repair and maintenance skills. Continue reading
AmiEs de la Terre (Friends of the Earth) in Quebec is pushing for a deposit system for bottles bought at Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), the government-owned corporation that runs off-licences in the province, claiming it is more effective than selective collection of glass. Continue reading
Does your wardrobe need an update? Come to the West London Waste swishing (clothes swap) event this Saturday, February 21, at Twickenham Library, and walk away with a new look. At the same time bid farewell to clothing you no longer wear, and send them on their way to a new home.
You can bring up to 10 items of clean clothing (in good condition, please) to the event to exchange for tokens (a maximum of 10). The tokens can be traded for items of clothing others have brought. Continue reading
Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held in the Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 3 February 2015
Attending: Patti Horsnell, Hugh Picton, Douglas Benford, Virginia Fassnidge, Catharine Browne, Wendy Mackenzie, Andrew Dakers, Sam Stephens, Streetbank, Chelsea Edwards Continue reading
Calling all French speakers! Amis de la Terre (Friends of the Earth France) has launched a consumer guide to avoiding planned obsolescence in everyday products. Called Comment sortir de l’obsolescence programmée?*, the guide offers tried-and-tested advice, including to avoid throw-away products, buy simply produced goods (so there are fewer parts to go wrong), purchase reparable and good-quality products, and take part in borrowing-and-lending schemes such as Streetbank (see earlier BRAGonline article). Continue reading
The London Mayor’s Big Green Fund has £900,00 to invest in local green spaces. Seven projects are up to win the grant with the local Duke of Northumberland’s River project being one of them.
This river, which is in fact a built waterway, links the River Crane with the River Thames along 4km of traffic free paths, from West Twickenham to Old Isleworth, passing rugby grounds and the delights of Mogden.
FORCE, or Friends of the River Crane Environment would use the money to improve the riverside walk, with better paths and signage along with leaflets. Work would be done to protect and enhance the environment for the continued development of wildlife.
Please vote at Big Green Poll before 2nd March.
Do you have something you’d like to give away but don’t want the hassle of transporting it across town or further afield? Or how about a skill or a piece of equipment you’d be willing to lend or would like to borrow?
If so, Streetbank is for you.
Streetbank is a community sharing and giving website, connecting you with neighbours living within a mile of you. It helps reduce waste, save money, free up space – and build community. BRAG had a visit from Streetbank founder Sam Stephens this week, and we’re on board – its philosophy is very much in line with BRAG’s mission to recycle, reduce and reuse.
Ealing Transition and Ealing Friends of the Earth will be showing Disruption, a film about climate change and the climate-change movement, on February 15th at 7.30pm at St. Mary’s Church in Ealing. The film brings together commentary on the subject as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the efforts to organize last September’s People’s Climate March. The film lasts 52 minutes and will be followed by a short talk by Claire James from Ealing Friends of the Earth, focusing on 2015 as a key year for the climate movement.
The event takes place at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. Entry is free, but donations will be solicited after the film to help cover costs. See also http://ealingtransition.org.uk/2015/02/01/sunday-15th-february-730pm-climate-change-event/
The Green Screen team would like to invite you to their next film screening: Switch
A documentary about energy. Filmed in 11 countries and exploring 9 key energy resources, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, Switch takes viewers on an exciting world tour of the energy frontier. The film has been embraced by universities, government agencies, energy companies and the media, as a nonpartisan, scientifically-based exploration of our energy transition. Continue reading