UK government launches public consultation on bottle deposit scheme

Environment Minister Michael Gove has just launched a public consultation about introducing a bottle deposit scheme in England. The news follows the delivery of a bottle deposit petition, an initiative of Surfers Against Sewage, to 10 Downing Street. The petition attracted 250,000 signatures, calling on the minister to help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution. Continue reading

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GrowthBusters, Hooked on Growth to be screened at Ham Library this Sunday

Green Screen, a nonpolitical film group open to all, is screening GrowthBusters, Hooked on Growth this Sunday, 17 September, at Ham Library. The documentary tackles serious issues with good humour, challenging the status quo and exploring how we can become a sustainable civilisation so that our children can survive and thrive. Among other things, the film asks why a strong economy is more important to us than a survivable planet, and why population conversations are so difficult to have. Continue reading

‘A Plastic Ocean’ to be screened this Sunday at TideFest

The groundbreaking documentary A Plastic Ocean will be shown at the One Over the Ait pub at Kew Bridge this Sunday, 10 September, from 3pm to 4.45pm. Places are limited; to secure your place, register for the screening here.

The screening is part of the Plastic Ocean Festival, which has been showcasing a series of events from April to September 2017 in London incorporating film screenings of A Plastic Ocean, marine and riverine clean-ups, stand up paddleboarding, and educational talks by scientists and the team. Continue reading

Join BRAG at the Brentford Festival

BRAG will once again have a stand at the Brentford Festival in Ealing’s Blondin Park on Sunday, 3 September, and we hope you’ll drop by to say hello.  This popular event, which launched in 2005, is free to enter and is a community engagement day for the whole family, with more than 90 stalls and 15 catering units. See you there!

Where: Blondin Park, 40 Blondin Ave, Ealing, London W5 4UL
When: 3 September, 12:00 – 18:00

Borough Market to ban plastic bottles

Borough Market plans to ban sales of single-use plastic bottles and instead introduce refillable bottles made from recycled plastic, which customers can buy from stalls around the south London food market. The market has introduced three new drinking fountains, giving visitors easy access to free water. Borough Market’s managing director, Darren Henaghan, said the move is part of its commitment to make it the greenest place to shop in Britain, and said he hopes others will follow suit.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Shopping bags that animals can safely eat

Avani, a company in the Philippines, has developed an alternative to plastic bags that is truly biodegradable – and safe for animals to eat. Called Eco-Bags, the bags are made with cassava root mixed with vegetable oil, and are compostable and biodegradable. They can also be dissolved in less than 150 days when discarded in water. Avani aims to create a range of other eco-friendly products normally made with plastic, including takeout containers, disposable cups and plates.

For more information, see http://www.avanieco.com/product/eco-bags