General info and updates
Please can we encourage you, your congregations, friends and family to purchase and wear reusable face masks. It looks like we will be needing to wear them for some time yet but the disposable ones are already having an impact on our environment, seas and wildlife. Apparently, we are currently ditching an incredible 102 million disposable face masks a week and not all of them find their way in to proper bins
Climate Emergency Toolkit
A great Climate Emergency Toolkit
went live recently. Tearfund (who have been a leading partner on this) will be launching it officially at the end of January. But you my like to check it out now, so that you can see how useful it could be to your church or other organisations. It is designed to sit alongside other initiatives like Eco Church
and Climate Sunday
, but may appeal to a different range of churches. The concept is for churches to join with other public organisations in declaring a climate emergency, making a plan and having an impact.
Christmas Plastic – a recycling charity fundraiser
It seemed relevant to repeat this information from last month’s Enews….
It may be a bit too late to encourage you not to buy or use the endless bits and pieces of plastic that make up Christmas decorations, or the glitter that adorns cards. Many people simply have never thought of glitter as a very small piece of single-use plastic which inevitably ends up in the water system. But it’s not too late to encourage you to dispose of these plastic items carefully – please remember cards with glitter on cannot be recycled.
And a big opportunity to dispose of plastic sweet tubs in an environmental way and raise money for charity at the same time.
Last year DCW’s (Devon Contract Waste) Recycle & Raise campaign was hugely successful; they recycled over 15,000 tubs and reached over 250,000 people online! Having raised over £1,200 for Dartmoor Zoo last year, they have high hopes that this year will be even bigger and better!
Their chosen charities for this year are Dartmoor Zoological Park and Mind – a mental health charity.
What Can They Recycle This Year?
- Confectionery tubs
- Ice cream tubs
- Cracker tubs
- Milk bottle tops (plastic)
- Takeaway containers (plastic)
Look for the number 5 or PP symbol on the container!
All materials donated to Recycle & Raise will be sent to their plastic reprocessing centre in Exeter, where they will shred the plastics and sell them on to manufacturers in the UK, to use in place of virgin polymers. All profits raised will be donated to the two chosen charities, Dartmoor Zoo and Mind.
The link to find local collection points is here it’s not too late for your church to arrange to collect some of these things and drop them off for people who have no transport.
How to make a pine cone Christmas Tree
If you haven’t got your tree yet, or if you just want to keep the children busy why not try this idea from the Wildlife Trusts….