February Newsletter

February Newsletter

This month we are looking ahead to one of our busiest - and best - weeks of the year, Zero Waste Scotland's Pass It On Week - Scotland's annual celebration of re-use, repair and swapping.  The ultimate aim is to encourage all of us to change our habits, so that buying second-hand becomes second nature and we pass on rather than throw out what we no longer need or want.

This year it will run from Saturday 9th - Sunday 17th March and the theme is "The Big Declutter".  Right up our street!

We are, of course, running several events, both here at the Gate Church and in the community, but we are really encouraging everyone to take part whether within their family, community or workplace.  Here are a few of the things you could do:

  • organise a swap shop or an upcycling event

  • arrange a donation drive (you could take one of our Give Boxes for the week)

  • arrange an amnesty - be brave and look into your shed for tools, or your cupboards for kitchen gadgets that you know deep down you will never use again.  Or perhaps you could encourage everyone you know to hand in scarves or handbags or shoes?

We can pick up the goods you collect and pass them on to new homes.

Perhaps you have a better idea, one that you can really see working for you.

We will be publicising everything that is happening so please let us know if you arrange something so that your event - whether big or small - can be included.  Just think how much we could achieve if we all worked together.  The more events taking place, the more people are involved and the more savings will be made, whether that is money, resources or the planet itself.

December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Christmas is nearly here and we all know it's the most wasteful time of the year, sorry, the most wonderful time of the year!

So how about some tips for a greener Christmas?  It's certainly something we all need to think about.  Here are some sobering facts on the waste that is generated in Scotland at Christmas time.

  • We send 95 million Christmas cards.  That's over 13,000 wheelie bins full!

  • we use 19,000 miles of wrapping paper, enough to wrap mainland Scotland's coastline 2 and a half times.  Most of it goes straight to landfill ....

  • More than 50,000 tonnes of food and drink will be thrown out in December alone!

  • Every year we import 10,000 tonnes of gifts from China.  Many Christmas presents are never used and may eventually be thrown out.

This Christmas why not consider sourcing, or creating unique gifts that are kinder to the environment?

  • The best way to save the environment is to buy less!  Do we really need to buy a certain number of gifts, or spend a certain amount?

  • Buy local - not only are your supporting your local shops and community, you will cut down on air miles, therefore carbon emissions.

  • Why buy a potentially unwanted gift when you can give an experience instead?

  • Secret Santa is the way to get one great present instead of lots of little (less useful) presents.  Get together with your family as well as your colleagues.

  • Send e-cards, or make your own - preferably without glitter (really bad for the environment).  If you do buy cards, please ensure they are made from recycled paper.

  • Make your own gifts*, extra points for making them out of repurposed/recycled materials!  Friends and family will really appreciate the effort you have put in. Check out the chocolate bark and gift boxes, bathbombs and giftbags made from wallpaper scraps we made at our recent Crafting Christmas Workshop].

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

What a great start to October - we joined the University of Dundee and Friends of the Earth Tayside today for the first in this week's series of events to mark Climate Week Scotland (1st - 5th October).  We were focusing on how to avoid food waste, an important part of our project, and it was lovely to meet so many people who want to help avoid the estimated 380,000 tonnes of food and drink that are thrown away each year.  According to Zero Waste Scotland this costs the Scottish public over £1bn every year.

August Newsletter

Welcome to our very first newsletter! As many of you will know we were recently granted another round of funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. This allows us to continue our work from the last few years, as well as to set up some exciting new initiatives over the next two years, such as Dundee Community Fridge and a range of workshops, screenings and talks. Our main focus is now on changing behaviours and attitudes towards climate change and waste, and encouraging our community to transition to a lower carbon lifestyle.

We have created this monthly newsletter to update you all on each element of the project, you can unsubscribe at any time if you no longer wish to hear from us. Please do get in touch if you want to know more about what we're doing, if you have any ideas for events you would like to see, or how you can get involved. On to the list of exciting events we have lined up for you this month

July Newsletter

Welcome to our very first newsletter! As many of you will know we were recently granted another round of funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. This allows us to continue our work from the last few years, as well as to set up some exciting new initiatives over the next two years, such as Dundee Community Fridge and a range of workshops, screenings and talks. Our main focus is now on changing behaviours and attitudes towards climate change and waste, and encouraging our community to transition to a lower carbon lifestyle.

We have created this monthly newsletter to update you all on each element of the project, you can unsubscribe at any time if you no longer wish to hear from us. Please do get in touch if you want to know more about what we're doing, if you have any ideas for events you would like to see, or how you can get involved. On to the list of exciting events we have lined up for you this month

June Newsletter

Welcome to our very first newsletter! As many of you will know we were recently granted another round of funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. This allows us to continue our work from the last few years, as well as to set up some exciting new initiatives over the next two years, such as Dundee Community Fridge and a range of workshops, screenings and talks. Our main focus is now on changing behaviours and attitudes towards climate change and waste, and encouraging our community to transition to a lower carbon lifestyle.

We have created this monthly newsletter to update you all on each element of the project, you can unsubscribe at any time if you no longer wish to hear from us. Please do get in touch if you want to know more about what we're doing, if you have any ideas for events you would like to see, or how you can get involved. On to the list of exciting events we have lined up for you this month