Supermarket vs Local?


Most of us head to the supermarket when we do a weekly shop. And why not – it’s more convenient and cheaper than the local grocers and specialised shops after all. Well after we took a stroll down Gloucester Road I can confirm the latter part of that statement is not true. The aim was to do a shop using less plastic than I would at the supermarket but not spend more money than usual.

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A step in the right direction for Tesco?

We have decided that in order to measure the amount of plastic we use in our day to day life we need to live a normal week without all the plastic reducing ideas. So as I normally would, I ordered my groceries online from Tesco yesterday evening. I was surprised to find that for the first time that all the fresh fruit and vegetables were delivered in paper bags. Unfortunately I then found that the goods inside were packaged in plastic! Close Tesco, but still too much unnecessary plastic packaging!

It will be interesting to see how big the difference will be shopping at local stores and implementing plastic dodging tactics over the next few weeks.




Thirsty business at Big Green Week 2014


We thought it was going to be a launch of a refillable stainless steel bottle, something new Frank Water had come up with to encourage multiple use bottles rather than going for disposable items. But as it turns out that’s not the event we sat through.

Annabelle Hunt, volunteer turned FreeFill coordinator, informed us that a lack of stainless steel bottle factories in Britain meant the idea to develop a reusable bottle from this material is currently only an idea. The other option was to import bottles from China but as they arrived in bubble wrap and plastic packaging this seemed to defeat the purpose. So instead Frank Water advocates their BPA free, reusable water bottles, made in the UK. Combined with their Free Fill initiative at festivals, Frank Water has reduced costs and waste for festivals across Britain.

The organization aims to educate people about hygiene and water sanitation, whilst providing infrastructure and initiatives that address water related issues particular to the area they are set up in. So far over 200,000 people have benefited from their education programme and successful projects can be seen through partnerships as far away as Andhra Pradesh, India. Funding comes from a whole bunch of sources including H&M, The Adventurists, Santander as well as others.

But back to plastic- It was surprising to find that there aren’t any UK based producers of stainless steel bottles so I sent some e-mails round to the some UK based companies that sell stainless steel bottles on a eco-friendly basis to find whether theirs where made and what packaging they arrive in. I’ll post an update with their responses, hopefully by the end of the week.

Reducing the embarrassing amount of rubbish that is strewn across the fields at the end of a festival is definitely a job that needs to be done, and if it keeps people hydrated at the same time then all the better!

This very pleasant monster sat just outside the boat that the presentation was given on.