March 2018 Newsletter
What Do You Think about Plastic Waste? Your Views Wanted!
Please fill in our short survey about plastic in Wantage. It should take only a couple of minutes. We'd like to hear from lots of local people, so please do share the survey with friends and on social media.
Across the UK, hundreds of thousands of people have been taking action on plastic waste and signing petitions calling for change, as this video illustrates. People and organisations from the BBC and Glastonbury festival to the Queen, have promised to phase out single-use plastics. Yesterday PG Tips became the latest to commit to change, announcing that it will remove plastic from its tea bags.
A supermarket in Amsterdam has opened Europe's first 'plastic free aisle', while Wales is due to open its first zero waste shop this month. Friends of the Earth are asking people to commit to plastic free Fridays.
In this article, four people look at their plastic use over one week, and reflect on what can be done on a personal level.
Over the coming weeks we will be inviting Wantage businesses to be added to our list of 'refill friendly' places. The list will show where you can go to refill a water bottle, and where you can use refillable containers when buying food and other products. If you would like your business added to this list please email Zoe.
Daffodil Afternoon at Wantage Market Garden
Sun 18th March
FREE entry. Light refreshments available.
Come and visit the gardens and see the spring flowers.
The Charlton Centre, Charlton Village Road, Wantage, OX12 7HG.
Enquiries email Olwen, or call 07527 201559.
The site is not suitable for dogs.
In The Mix in March:
Sat 17th - Open meeting about co-housing (this meeting is in Milton Keynes). Still Green are setting up a co-housing community in Bicester, aiming for environmental, social and economic sustainability. The buildings will be designed to Passivhaus standards. With high levels of insulation, no draughts and filtered air, the homes will be designed to optimise warmth from solar gain, requiring little heating to make them comfortable to live in all year around. Additional features include renewable energy generation and shared electric cars. The homes will be designed by the community. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat 17th March - Circular walk around Rushy Common Nature Reserve and Lower Windrush.
Green Drinks Sustainable Wantage Social
Wed 28th March
7:30pm - 9pm in The Mix, Mill Street
Bring your own tipple. All welcome.