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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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

Environment secretary supports deposit-return system for bottles

Last week Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for the Environment, came out strongly in support of the campaign to introduce a deposit-return system for the UK.

Mr Gove told Sky News: “There’s a real challenge for people like me in Government to step up to the plate and reduce the amount of plastic going into our oceans.” He added that “change needs to come“, as pollution from plastics is “killing whales, choking dolphins and degrading our oceans and seas“. Continue reading

Celebrate Real Nappies for London’s 10th anniversary on 10 June

On Saturday, 10 June, London Community Resource Network (LCRN) will be celebrating Real Nappies for London’s (RNfL) 10-year anniversary.  In partnership with Local Authorities and real nappy suppliers, RNfL is a pan-London scheme with the aim to help support London parents switching to reusable nappies as an alternative to disposable nappies. Since the start of the scheme, RNfL has helped just over 11,000 parents make the switch to washable cloth nappies.

Join the celebration of tea and cake at 2pm on Saturday, 10 June, at

The Skip Garden
Kings Cross
London N1C 4AQ
RSVP at info@realnappiesforlondon.org.uk or via Eventbrite

Let’s swish again … at Hounslow Library

Bored of what’s hanging in your closet? Then gather up those garments lurking at the back of your wardrobe and bring them to Hounslow Library on Saturday, 12 March, for the Hounslow Library Swish (clothing exchange).
Bring up to 10 items of clothing you no longer want to swap. Clothes must be clean and in good condition.
Drop-off is from 11am to 12 noon, when you’ll receive a token for each item of clothing you bring.
The Swish opens at 12.30pm, and then it’s time to shop. Browse the rails and use your tokens to take away a fabulous new outfit (one garment per token).
To find out more about swishing, visit the Get Swishing website.

Those details again:
Venue: Hounslow Library
Date:   Saturday, 12 March 2016
Time:  Clothing drop-off: 11am-12pm
Swish: 12.30pm-2pm
Admission: Free

Hounslow to host first-ever restart party

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

Swish your way into a new wardrobe this Saturday at Twickenham Library

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