Sustainability

Uttoxeter is set to get it’s first eco shop

The shop is the latest offering at Globe’s eco centre on the Bramshall Road, located on site at the Strawberry Garden Centre. The eco shop opens the doors to the public on Wednesday 3rd April and will host a variety of sustainable home and personal care products. Customers will also be able to  bring their own containers and top up on items from shampoo to washing up liquid to dry food items such as pasta, flour and even locally made chocolate.

The shop will also be selling Litterbug products created on site at Globe’s very own craft workshop made by volunteer recycling champions. Every product is created from sustainable, recycled plastic that would have otherwise remained as litter or waste headed for landfill or incineration. Litterbug products will include clocks, clipboards, bowls and much more.

Globe Founder, Kate Copeland said “We are so pleased to be launching Uttoxeter’s first eco shop, We are working with a range of fantastic suppliers and artists to make this possible, including Roots Larder, who will now have a permanent stock at the shop.

“The eco shop will open on Wednesday with a smaller stock, that will gradually be built up for our official launch event on Good Friday. We hope to bring our community easy access to sustainable products and also support and guidance for achieving a more eco-friendly lifestyle.

“We are also proud to sell our hand-crafted products from our Litterbug workshop, no two items are the same and each product helps to keep plastic from polluting our environment. All profits generated from the shop we be reinvested in our community to help support environmental education programmes.”

Suppliers to the shop include NJ Clay a local artist and Roots Larder an established mobile shopping experience who is also opening another permanent location in Stafford.

Nigel Evans, Roots founder added “After providing a mobile shop service at the Uttoxeter Makers Market, I’m pleased to be now working with the Eco Centre and helping the community access a range of environmentally friendly products and ethically sourced whole foods. It’s exciting to be part of a great initiative that supports and engages residents and makes a huge impact at a local level.”

Globe is inviting local residents to come down and see all that the shop and eco centre have to offer at the official shop launch event on 19th April (Good Friday), the festivities will start at 2pm and guests will be able to enjoy a sparkling reception and have access to peruse the full range of products.

For more information about the shop, including opening times and product range, please visit globefoundation.org.uk/eco-shop

 

 

 

The Globe Foundation celebrates Aviva funding for plastics recycling

The Litterbug Project has won £9,840 for its community recycling facility, following an announcement this week by the Aviva Community Fund. Globe’s Litterbug Project which is based on-site at the Globe Eco Centre, will help to minimise plastic waste and litter in the local environment through a community education and recycling centre. The project will […]

Funding awarded for eco-friendly female workshops

The Globe Foundation has been awarded £5,000 through the Tampon Tax Fund, to support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks. Just one of us will use more than 11,000 disposable chemically-bleached sanitary products in a lifetime. There is a lot of attention in the […]

A crisp new recycling scheme for Uttoxeter

Every year countless pieces of crisp packets end up in landfill sites across the UK. The Globe Foundation are working with TerraCycle® to put an end to this enormous loss of resources. The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme allows us to recycle your crisp packets and prevent them from ending up in landfill. Not only are […]

Globe have their cake and eat it with a new recycling scheme

We are pleased to announce our Eco Centre is now a collection point to recycle wrappers through TerraCycle UK‘s new Pladis Biscuits and Snacks Recycling Programme. TerraCycle have partnered with McVitie’s®, Carr’s®, Go Ahead® and Jacob’s® to create a free to use recycling programme for any brand of biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers, and a fundraising opportunity for […]

Eco Centre Update

Following months of fundraising, consultation and planning, we are pleased to announce that we will be shortly starting work on site at our new location (on land next to the Strawberry Garden Centre, Bramshall Road) to create Uttoxeter’s first community-led Eco Centre and Recycling Facility. Pictured above is the layout that shows our four areas on […]

Calling all community groups

The Litterbug Plastics project will help to minimise this plastic waste by setting up a recycling workshop in Uttoxeter that turns the plastic litter (collected from the streets and other sources) into reusable everyday items for community benefit.

However, there are quite a number of things that plastic litter and waste can be turned into, we need your help and feedback to understand exactly what products our local community groups and charities need. We will be donating an amount of the products made to various charities and clubs, whilst selling the remaining items to help sustain the project and create job and skill opportunities.

Please complete the below survey to help us better understand what will make the most difference:

Find out more information about The Litterbug Project

Litterbugs awarded £10k grant funding

The Globe Foundation are delighted to announce the award of £10,000 to The Litterbugs Project, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme. Being awarded National Lottery funding is a huge achievement and will really help the project to better serve its community.

The project aims to turn plastic litter and waste into viable upcycled products for community benefit. The grant will help the project to engage with local residents and community groups to better understand the local issues around littering and how to make sure the project makes a significant difference to the local area and its environment.

This funding brings the project ever closer to its £25,000 target, which has also been bolstered by gratefully received contributions by the local community and Uttoxeter Lions Club. The project is keen to raise its target by the end of the summer to enable the opening of The Litterbug Project workshop in early October 2018. The workshop will not only craft the litter into new products, but will also act as a community eco-hub to educate and share knowledge around bettering our habits when it comes to plastic waste.

The Litterbugs Project is hosting a fundraising event at Bear Coffee later next month on 20th July, to raise further awareness of the project, providing an opportunity for people to share their thoughts and ideas with Globe volunteers. The event is free to attend and will host live music from The Delta Echoes as well as a raffle and silent auction.

All of the money raised will not only help towards establishing the workshop but continue to support the litter picking efforts of the community volunteers, who give their time to help keep our streets clean and free from litter.

The next litter picking events will be held on the 29 Jul, 26 Aug and 23 Sep, for more information on any of the events mentioned, or to volunteer, please visit our events page. 

Uttoxeter community garden – have your say

As you may already be aware, we are looking to establish a new community garden for Uttoxeter, to encourage all different kinds of people of all ages to come together. Community gardener volunteers will be able to learn new skills, from making a raised bed to the techniques of permaculture and we will be running a series of on-site workshops and craft course.

We will also use the site to support other local green initiatives through seed swaps, shared equipment and collaborative efforts.

We aim to be regenerate a small piece of land that currently suffers from flooding, with support from our volunteer teams and community members. Turning the site into a havens for plants and wildlife, as well as for local residents to enjoy.

We are at the early planning stages of this project and would like to hear from all those interested in taking part (or you might just have some good ideas to share) – to provide us with your feedback, please complete this very short survey.

As we are a not for profit organisation, we can only run this project on the kind donations of others. We are actively fundraising for the community garden, should you, your employer or organisation be able to make a donation, please visit our donations page.

Pollution is the biggest environmental threat to our health

It is well known that air pollution is dangerous to humans. But in a recent environmental performance report, air pollution was found to be the leading environmental threat to public health.

THE AIR POLLUTION PROBLEM

Air pollution is an invisible killer. The World Health Organization estimates that seven million premature deaths each year can be linked to air pollution; 7,500 to 52,000 people die in the United States alone every single year because of exposure to small particles within power plant emissions. In fact, according to the new 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to public health.

This report is produced by researchers at Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum. It ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across 10 issue categories, all of which center around environmental health and ecosystem vitality. At the top of the list is Switzerland, followed by France, Denmark, Malta, and Sweden. At the bottom of the list is India, Bangladesh, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nepal.

The United Kingdom placed 6th in this list, scoring well with regards to sanitation and air quality but very poorly in deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

The EPI shows that air pollution is the top leading threat to public health. Its purpose isn’t to scare the public; it has the potential to truly impact policy.

“As the world community pursues new sustainable development goals, policymakers need to know who is leading and who is lagging on energy and environmental challenges,” said Daniel C. Esty, director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy and the Hillhouse Professor at Yale University, in a press release. “The 2018 EPI confirms that success with regard to sustainable development requires both economic progress that generates the resources to invest in environmental infrastructure, and careful management of industrialisation and urbanisation that can lead to pollution … that threatens both public health and ecosystems.”

CHANGING THE ENVIRONMENT

The 2018 EPI gives an overview of where countries stand in terms of pollution and environmental sustainability. However, it can also reveal trends both within individual countries and on a global scale. The countries which have ranked the lowest are lacking support for a number of sustainability issues, air pollution being among the most dire.

 

These large-scale studies and reports do a number of things. Besides influencing policy and evaluating the needs and lacking qualities of sustainability efforts, they can also show when efforts have worked. For instance, one recent study showed improvements in air pollution between 1990 and 2012 in the United States. The decline shown was so drastic that it was estimated to have prevented about 180,000 deaths.

While the latest EPI report shows how, on a global scale, air pollution needs to be addressed on a much more serious scale, it can also support efforts to make that change.

Air pollution has been linked directly to early brain development. It can cause severe and frightening health effects in humans and, as the world’s population continues to increase, develop and build, it is likely to only get worse if more drastic efforts are not taken. Perhaps this and other reports will give governments the tools to better protect their citizens against this dangerous reality.