Ian’s Slides from the event on 14th October are here.
Jenna’s Slides will be here soon.
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On 14th October 2019 at 8pm Transition Malvern Hills will be having an event at the Cube.
The event will look at what you as an individual can do about the climate emergency.
Transition Malvern Hills be having a stall at the Hellens Garden Festival
Malvern’s 2019 and 8th annual Seed and plant swap / sale takes place on Sat 6 April 10am – 3pm at Lyttleton Rooms, Church Street
Broken or unneeded hand and power tools and sewing machines
Proceeds for Tools for Self Reliance
For more information please contact us
Why is this important? The plastic pollution highlighted by the Blue Planet TV Program is plastic that was not recycled or incinerated or put in landfill. If it had been it would not be in the oceans. It’s litter. The same applies to litter in Britain. I believe that the only solution it to make sure that packaging is fully biodegradable. But that leads to problem of what to we mean by biodegradable. There is a lot of Greenwash in this area.
Let’s start with a definition.
Biodegradable: capable of being broken down especially into innocuous products by the action of living things such as microorganisms
The problem is that capable does not mean it will breakdown. To quote Jacqueline McGlade, chief scientist at the UN Environment Programme. “It’s well-intentioned but wrong. A lot of plastics labelled biodegradable, like shopping bags, will only break down in temperatures of 50C and that is not the ocean. They are also not buoyant, so they’re going to sink, so they’re not going to be exposed to UV and break down”
If they need to get to 50oC that will also not happen in the British countryside, not even this Year.
Is compostable an alternative term? Again, this may only work at temperatures above ambient. So, I think compostable can be as misleading as biodegradable.
So, what is the alternative. The best solution is to eliminate single use packaging. But this is utopian. So what alternatives are there.
For some uses paper bags are a good solution. Where paper bags do not work there are alternatives which claim to work but the question I ask is do they breakdown in the environment be that the ocean or the countryside, or even the city. These alternatives include cellophane and “plastic” made from corn or potato starch.
Searching the web finds lots of products but are they really the solution. I do not know. The term “Home Compostable” look promising but I fear it could become greenwash.
Greenpeace have a useful video here on plastic packaging.
For the more technically minded one informative link is The truth about bioplastics by Renee Cho, Earth Institute, Columbia University from Phys.org
There is a plastic free campaign in Worcester. See the Facebook group Journey to zero waste in Worcestershire.
The Malvern seed and plant swap will take place in the Lyttleton rooms, Saturday April 14, 2018 10.00am – 3.00pm
A chance for you to start growing / diversify what you grow / share excess seeds / find new plants / meet like-minded people / contribute to a good cause.
Proceeds to Tools for Self Reliance – tools for sale on the day.
This is written by Andrew Jameson, initially for the Quaker newsletter.
David Attenborough’s television series The Blue Planet has had great success recently in drawing attention to the menace of waste plastic in our rivers and seas. The problem is that our brilliant scientists have invented an extremely useful INERT material which nature is unable to recycle by the usual natural processes. The actual offending items range from the extremes of microbeads which are added to e.g. toothpaste and skin products to give a “scrub” action, to the millions of “free” supermarket bags we used to see blowing across fields and hanging off trees.
What can we do to lessen our use of, and dependence on, plastics? Here are a few modest proposals.
We have revived the following email:
I’m the new Gleaning coordinator for the West of England, and I was hoping you could help me!
The Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, farmers and food redistribution charities to salvage the thousands of tonnes of fresh fruit and vegetables that are wasted on farms every year across the UK and Europe, and direct this fresh, nutritious food to people in need. We also research and raise awareness about the scale of food waste on UK farms, and campaign for an end to this scandalous waste!
I need to get word of what I’m doing out to farms, specifically Orchards, so that they know to get in touch if they have any surplus. Can you help, either by word of mouth and letting any orchards in your area know about what I’m doing? Also, if you could tell me about any orchards you know of that would be really helpful, obviously any contact details would be even more helpful. Here’s some info for farmers.
Find out more and sign up to be involved as a volunteer here
Cheers and chickpeas!