20p for a Clean Planet – Scotland Leads the way with the Circular Economy

Published in online paper Bella Caledonia 09.05.19 The environmental movement is racking up victories as consciousness breaks through and policy catches up. Environmental campaigners today welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of the scope of Scotland’s deposit return system, which will be the first country in the UK to introduce such a scheme. Ministers have confirmed …

Action on Littering and Packaging

Kenneth Gibson, Arran’s local MSP, discusses the problem of litter and sets out some of the actions being taken by the Scottish government under the National Litter Strategy. The recent announcement of the introduction of a deposit return scheme (see also the article in this issue ’20 p for a clean climate’), will also reduce …

Looking towards a circular economy for Arran – Eco Savvy news

Eco Savvy and Visit Arran, together with Strathclyde University and analytics business Topolytics, have been successful in acquiring funding from Interface to model food waste streams on Arran. The project aims to help understand how, where and when food waste is generated and disposed of, and if it can contribute to a sustainable circular economy …

TAP Arran Gains National Environmental Award

The Isle of Arran is Scotland’s first Surfers Against Sewage accredited ‘Plastic Free Community’ as it takes action on single-use plastic. The Isle of Arran has become Scotland’s first community to join a network of communities across the UK that are leading the way on tackling throw away plastic. In recognition of the islands work …

Eco Savvy begins the Coop Food Share in Brodick

After reporting about the national Coop Food Share initiative in the Voice recently, it is great to see that it is now up and running in both Lamlash and Brodick. Volunteers in Lamlash collect food from the (Lamlash) Coop Monday to Friday and take it to the church vestry which is open between 10.30 and …

How to make your own wax cloths

Contributed by Antonia Murphy, visitor to Arran, writer, and psychotherapist. Here’s a helpful and ecologically sound tip for all those left overs lurking in your fridge after the Christmas festivities. Instead of using cling film – notoriously non bio degradable – why not try this simple, wipe clean alternative. Simply cut up any old clean …

Perthshire Plastic Recycling Plant a Beacon of Hope

A recent report from the Zero Waste Scotland website, explaining the new technologies and methods utilised at one recycling plant in Perthshire and which may pave the way to resolving Scotland’s plastic recycling problems… Project Beacon is lighting the way to a circular world of complete plastics recycling thanks to new technologies and an innovative …

Recycle, Repair, Reuse

A Report from Eco Savvy Blue bins, grey bins, black bins, paper but not shiny paper, glass but not pyrex, clean but not too clean—recycling can get confusing sometimes and Eco Savvy hears about it! Eco Savvy invited an expert in the industry to come and tell us about the process behind the scenes, principles …

Eco Savvy News

This is an event that we are especially excited about – Arran Recycling. There has been lots of discussion and questions, relayed in many individual conversations in the Arran Eco Savvy Community, on Arran Community Forum, and other networks about the various aspects of recycling on Arran and wider. We thought it would be a …

A Plastic Voyage Film Evening and Discussion: A Plastic Free Island?

A Plastic Voyage The story of the voyage of the Sea Dragon as she circumnavigated the UK, into Lamlash Bay and beyond, in August 2017. COAST film evening, Friday 9th February at the Old Pavilion, Lamlash, 7.00 pm Sue Weaver and Deborah Maw, members of the all-female crew researching the presence of ocean plastics, will …