Eco tips for things to do:
- Avoid excess packaging wherever possible to reduce plastic waste and if you can’t, make sure you recycle it. Katie@villagegreen.tools in Herriard Village offers a huge selection of refills so that you can reuse plastic bottles and containers. She is open during lockdown, just email to make an appointment; her open days are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. You can get a small amount to trial and shower gel and washing up liquid smell amazing.
- Pick up litter. Philippa Brealey email@example.com is an ACAN (Alton Climate Action & Network) member and had pulled together members from several like-minded groups including POTR Eco Church Group to take part in a bi monthly plastic patrol litter pick. Litter picks took place in August, September and October before the 2nd lockdown and were on one Saturday and one Thursday morning each month. Areas covered were mostly outside of Alton town centre and each was led by a walk volunteer lasting 1-1.5hrs. The litter was collected in different coloured bags and an ingenious way of weighing the litter was devised by standing on a pair of scales in a front garden. For example the following was collected, quite shocking
Sadly, the organised socially distanced groups of 6 have had to stop for the time being but Philippa has 12 litter pickers given to her by The Town Council which she is very happy to loan out so that anyone interested can carry on the good work when out and about on their daily exercise. Please email her and make a difference.
- Did you know that by 2050 we could have more plastic than fish in the sea? Watch the latest ocean clean up video Ocean Clean up . Get involved in the marine conversation society and call for access to waste collection globally.
October litter pick, the 2 groups coming together at the end to compare collections!