April 2018 minutes

Brentford Recycling Action Group
Minutes of Meeting held at
The Toll House, Brentford Lock
on Tuesday 3rd April 2018

 Attending: Hugh Picton, Patti Horsnell, Virginia Fassnidge, Catharine Browne, Wendy Mackenzie, Rukmini West, Douglas Benford, Malcolm Crofts. Continue reading

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Help Thames 21 clean up the river in Hammersmith on 3 April

Join Thames21, in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), on Tuesday, 3 April, in cleaning up the Thames in Hammersmith. The event will last from 11.45am to 2.30pm.

Volunteers will clean up a section of the Thames foreshore in Hammersmith to remove the litter that accumulates from the tidal motion of the river. Continue reading

Calling all green-fingered residents: Air Quality Brentford needs you at Brentford station

Air Quality Brentford is doing another planting project north of Brentford Station on Sunday, 25 March, at 11am (remember clocks will have gone forward one hour). The group has been given some large containers to plant in to and will be building on the bulb planting project on the slope. If you are able to help, it would be great to see you.

Zero-waste shopping

Zero-waste shopping can mean a number of things: buying articles designed to last, eg, good-quality T-shirts that last for years rather than cheap ones that lose their shape after a couple of washes; buying secondhand from charity shops, eBay, etc, or obtaining goods from Freecycle, Freegle, etc; and repairing or repurposing items.

It can also mean using your own containers when you buy unpackaged groceries. Shops like As Nature Intended offer the opportunity to refill washing-up and laundry liquid bottles, and many Lush products are unpackaged.

As for food, loose fruit and veg are readily available from shops of all kinds, but it isn’t all that easy to buy other kinds of products in loose form. The Zero Waster has a comprehensive list of places where you can do just that, as well as much other useful information about avoiding waste.

The Source Bulk Foods has just opened in Chiswick, at 24 Turnham Green Terrace. It has a range of about 450 products, including flour, rice, cereals, honey, oil and vinegar, as well as cleaning and personal care products. You can buy whatever quantity you need and fill your own containers. Have a look next time you are in the area.

Tips for using less plastic. No. 1

Reducing the amount of plastic you use needn’t be hard. With this post, BRAG kicks off a series of tips on how to do this, one tip at a time, and in no particular order of priority, so you can gradually introduce plastic-reducing changes into your routine. And we’d love to hear your tips, too.

Tip no. 1: Carry cutlery in your bag, and refuse offers of plastic knives, forks and spoons in food outlets. If you work in an office, keep a plate, bowl, glass and cutlery in your desk.

Handy tips for improving the quality of your recycling

China has recently announced that it will be taking less recycling from the UK. One of the main reasons for this change in policy is that much of the recycled material China receives is contaminated, meaning it is of poor quality or includes items that cannot be recycled, or that are difficult and expensive to sort for recycling.

A recent article on the Recycle Now website shows what we in the UK can do to improve the quality of what we put in our recycling bins. It also offers tips on what you can recycle and where to find your nearest recycling centre. To read the article, click here.

Craft swish on Saturday, 24 February, in Chiswick

Chiswick’s Knitting & Crochet Guild is holding a craft swish on Saturday, 24 February, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at St Alban’s Church, Acton Green Common, London W4 5LG .

Bring all your unwanted craft materials and swish (swap) them for something else. Crafts covered including knitting, crochet, papercraft, painting and drawing materials, jewellery making and children’s crafts.

Entry is just £5, which includes a mince pie and cup of tea or coffee.

For more information and to book tickets in advance, click here.

The nearest Tube stops are Chiswick Park, Gunnersbury and Turnham Green.

Join Friends of the Earth in reducing single-use plastic products

Friends of the Earth (FoE) has launched #PlasticFreeFriday, a campaign to encourage people to stop using single-use plastic products.

FoE says that if we encourage enough people to make small changes to their lives, we can cut down the amount of plastic pollution in our environment – and send a message to companies and governments that they need to act too. Continue reading

Featured organisation:  Work and Play Scrapstore

Work and Play Scrapstore is a voluntary organisation in Tooting, south London, that collects clean, reusable surplus materials from local industries and private individuals and make them available to members, which include community/voluntary groups, youth clubs, primary and secondary schools, fee-paying activity schemes, adult courses providers and students. Continue reading