Sustainable Sunday workshop, 18 October, in Ealing

Ealing Transition is holding a Sustainable Sunday workshop this coming Sunday, 18 October, at St Mary’s Church Polygon Centre (just next to the church), St Mary’s Road, Ealing, W5 5RH. The workshop will run from 7.30-10pm.

Workshops are offered in bread making, gluten-free baking, simple vegan food, bee keeping and chutney making. Participants will be able to try one workshop lasting approximately 1.5 hours. To avoid disappointment, please book your place by email in advance by emailing edible.ealing@gmail.com and bring £5 cash on the door.

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Dutch environmental group tackles food waste with ‘doggy bag’ initiative

A Dutch environmental group, Natuur & Milieu, has launched a campaign to persuade restaurant patrons to take home their uneaten food and thereby reduce food waste. Natuur & Milieu has distributed 50,000 doggy bags, accompanied by a starter pack, free to restaurants to encourage their participation in the campaign. The doggy bags were developed with input from catering staff, who were asked what kind of container they preferred.

Restaurant patrons who want to take food home can let their waiter know by means of a Boomerang card, which is available free of charge in many restaurants. The cards come in a number of versions, with messages including “A compliment to the chef” and “I always fancy something tasty in the evening”.Milieuclub wil taboe doggybag doorbreken

Natuur & Milieu said that the Dutch catering industry wastes 50,000 tonnes of food annually, the equivalent of 77 million hot meals.

Before launching the campaign, Natuur & Milieu carried out a survey on food waste, which found that 78% of participants said they hated wasting food, but that 80% of restaurant-goers never take home leftover food. Respondents cited embarrassment (52%) and lack of awareness (55%) as the major reasons for not asking for a doggy bag.

Natuur & Milieu’s partners in the campaign are packaging specialist Depa Disposables, NGO Oxfam Novib and banking group Rabobank.

For more information, see (in Dutch) http://www.doggybag.nu.

Tesco vows to act after study confirms huge food waste

Britain’s shameful waste of food has been confirmed by a new study that shows more than two-thirds of produce grown for bagged salads, just under half of bakery goods and four out of 10 of apples are thrown away.

Tesco, working in conjunction with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), calculated the food waste “footprint” for 25 of the supermarket’s best-selling products – looking at what was wasted both inside its supermarkets and in the homes of its customers.

The retail giant admitted that 28,500 tonnes of food waste were generated in its stores and distribution centres in the first six months of this year.

It also estimated that uneaten food costs families about £700 a year.

Read the full story at the Independent.

Abundance Fruit Day at Dukes Meadows Farmers Market

Abundance London announces:

Sunday 21st October 10-2pm at Dukes Meadows Farmers Market

This year, partly in response to the paucity of apples, we are not doing our big full-on Fruit Day as we usually do at St Michael’s. Instead we will be joining forces with Dukes Meadows Farmers Market to celebrate the season. We will be pressing juice, doing appley activities (bobbing, peeling, apple decorating) and offering a great selection of preserves and goodies. Less apple chutney, more plum jam! We are also offering, for the first time, a Foraging Walk at 1pm. If you would like to sign up, contact abundancebookings@gmail.com. Suggested voluntary donation of £5, payable on the day (or not, up to you).

Oh, and did we already mention it? We have just been dubbed one of London’s top foraging groups by Time Out magazine: http://www.timeout.com/london/feature/1532/londons-best-foraging-groups

 

Ecological Film

Transition Brentford are  organising a screening of a new documentary film called ‘The Crisis of Civilization’ to be held at the Docking Station (Brentford 108 High Street TW8 8AT) on Saturday 3rd March at 7.15 p.m

The film swiftly and decisively investigates how ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.  It identifies root causes of the failing system challenging us as human beings to question of ourselves: ‘what we are going to do about it?’.  For more info please visit: http://crisisofcivilization.com

The makers of the film Dean Puckett, animator Lucca Benney and international security analyst Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed have generously agreed to attend the screening to answer questions after the film, after which we could have a group discussion!

There are some posters available on the C of C website which can be printed out to publicise the screening.

Sainsbury’s customers can chill out over freezing food

Sainsbury’s is removing advice to freeze food “on day of purchase” from its labels and informing customers it can be done up until the use-by date.

The UK’s third-largest supermarket chain believes 800,000 tonnes of food a year could be saved from the bin.

The move, in conjunction with the Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap), was welcomed by the government as “good news for hard-pressed family budgets”.

Read the full story on the BBC website.

Dining at the Civic Centre

Rubbish Collection at Hounslow Civic CentreThese photos were taken in the dining room at Hounslow Civic Centre (home to Hounslow Council). On the tables were leaflets regarding “reducing your carbon footprint – time is running out”.

Alongside this food was being served into polystyrene containers which cannot be recycled.

 

Therefore BRAG decided that something needed to change. BRAG took it on board and now there are reusable lunch boxes for sale at the food counter.

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