PACT Resources and Waste

Resources and Waste

Resources and Waste action group

hurrah for Freegle!

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A little story.... last week I posted a 'wanted' notice on Penrith & Eden Freegle for a sewing machine, and got 2 offers the same day (one from a PACT member actually!). I collected from the lady who made the first offer, it turned out to be an old Singer sewing machine very similar to one I've used previously. So far I've completed a couple of small projects on it and it seems to work very well, so a great acquisition and another example of the benefit of being a freegler.

innovative uses for plastic bags

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Of course in the ideal world we wouldn't be dealing with issues around plastic bag disposal in the first place, but given there are still plenty of them about (!) how about some innovative ideas for re-using bags for knitting or making jewellery?

Just a few ideas here from a quick search on google / YouTube - I'm sure there are plenty more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o4jIUcSo8g

St Catherine's bag painting

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Tue, 22/03/2011 - 00:00 to Wed, 08/12/2021 - 07:25
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St Catherines School
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PACT Resources and Waste

The PACT Resources and Waste team are running four workshops at St Catherine's primary School as part of our Plastic Bag Free Penrith campaign - during Climate Week, 21-27 March 2011.

At the workshops, the students will paint blank cotton bags which they and their families can then use when shopping to avoid using plastic bags.

Please note, these workshops are not open to the public.

Campaign opposing Excess Packaging

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PACT is already campaigning against the use of disposable plastic bags, and believes there are many other current examples of excess or poorly designed packaging. This then takes resources such as plastic (derived from oil) or card (derived from timber) to manufacture, adds to the weight and energy requirement for transport, and presents issue for recycling or disposal.

Resources and Waste action group meeting

Date: 
Thu, 20/01/2011 - 19:00 to Wed, 08/12/2021 - 07:25
Venue: 
The George Hotel
Organisation: 
PACT

This is a meeting to go through the Plastic Bag Free Penrith project plan and CWPF grant application.

We can also discuss the proposed Climate Week event at St Catherine's School in March.

We can also have a look at the Excess Packaging issues contributed by Nigel.

Vote of thanks to Rod

I'd like to say Thanks Very Much to Rod Yeoman for his part in the Resources and Waste team and the Plastic Bag Free Penrith campaign in particular.  Rod is retiring from Penrith back to (not Australia but) Liverpool.

Rod has helped considerably at our mid-week meetings, bringing his expert knowledge from his job at Impact Housing.  Rod crafts a mean press release and his enthusiasm in several PACT action groups will be sorely missed.

Get Penrith Co-op to use cotton bags for deliveries

At the Vitality of Penrith event this evening, Peter Clarke had a good suggestion for the Plastic Bag Free Penrith project.

We've previously been in touch with the Penrith Co-op about their use of plastic bags for their home supermarket deliveries.  They have smallish open crates with hooks to hang plastic bags with a customer's shopping.  We had previously thought of making custom returnable cardboard boxes to fit inside the crates.