BBC to ban single-use plastics

The BBC has announced that it plans to ban single-use plastics by 2020, after the television series Blue Planet II highlighted the devastation wrought by plastic pollution in the seas.

Throwaway plastic cups and cutlery will be scrapped at BBC sites by the end of this year, followed by plastic containers in canteens by 2019.

The Scottish Parliament has also announced that it plans to ban plastic straws, following similar announcements by restaurants including Pizza Express, Wagamama and JD Wetherspoon.

For further information, click here.

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Greenpeace petition calls on supermarkets to go plastics-free

Greenpeace has launched a petition to persuade supermarkets to follow retailer Iceland’s lead and get rid of plastic packaging. By dispensing with plastic packaging, supermarkets can set an example of how to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic produced, according to the environmental NGO.

To sign the petition, click here.

 

Sunday, 4th February: Ealing Transition presents ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’

Ealing Transition will host a showing of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ next Sunday, 4th February.

A decade after ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Cameras follow former US Vice President Al Gore as he travels the world training climate champions and influencing international climate policy.

The showing of ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ will be followed by discussion and refreshments. The event will be held at St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. Entry is free but donations to help cover costs are welcome.

Orchard Road turns out to beautify Brentford station area

Community spirit is alive and well on Orchard Road in Brentford. On Sunday, 3 December, residents, many of them accompanied by children, turned out in force to plant 1,000 spring bulbs on the slope at the railway-station end of the road, near the King’s Arms pub. They also planted flowers in raised beds outside the railway station and on the eastbound platform. The pièce de résistance of the planting project was a small tree with lights on a timer. It will be lit for six hours every day in the Christmas period. Continue reading

BRAG’s first Restart Party kicks off at Friends of Cathja

BRAG held its first Restart Party on 25 November. The Friends of Cathja charity shop provided a room for us to use for repairing electric and electronic items. Rishi from the shop, and Jo from the Restart Project were our fixers.  West London Waste lent us some basic equipment, Jo brought his own repair kit and there were some tools available in the shop. Continue reading

Petition calls for 5p charge on disposable coffee cups

A recently launched petition is calling on environment secretary Michael Gove and business secretary Greg Clark to impose a 5p charge on disposable coffee cups. It also encourages people to bring in a reusable cup to coffee shops for their daily caffeine routine.

As of 3 November, nearly 64,000 had signed the petition; the goal is to reach 75,000 signatures. To sign, click on this link.