The Big Plastic Count 2022

By Sally Campbell We are all using too much plastic in buying food, and plastic wrapping with just about everything else. The UK produces more plastic packaging per person than almost any other country in the world – only the US is worse. And if things carry on as they are, the amount of single …

Savvy Vintage

In this post, Zoe Hughes tells the Voice about the recent developments of the Savvy Vintage project. In March, Zoe and the Eco Savvy team held a really successful pop up Shop and Sip at Arran Botanicals (see photos below), and they have more events planned for the spring and summer months. Keep an eye …

The Arran Repair Cafe

A few people have been quietly collecting tools over the last few months with a view to making Arran’s first Repair Café. The main ideas behind the Arran Repair Café are to keep items in use longer through repair, reducing waste, upcycling items (reusing items for a different purpose), lending equipment, preventing excess produce as …

Building a repair economy in Scotland

Building a repair economy in Scotland – a radical new approach to business with climate justice at its heart By Sophie Unwin, writing for CommonSpace on 11th December 2019 Sophie Unwin argues that the most effective way of combating climate change may be to recognise how the issue intersects with human rights, and build a …

Growing Scotland’s Circular Economy – the Cumbernauld Tool Library

TOOL libraries function on a membership basis, but allow access to a range of tools (and sports equipment, games, and craft equipment) to be borrowed and shared. With Eco Savvy currently planning exciting future projects, including development of circular economies on Arran, a tool library could definitely be an option to increase recycling, and the …

Islands tour will make sure recycling scheme works for all of Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland has begun a series of events to present Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme to island communities across the country. The events will give islands-based drinks producers, retailers, hospitality businesses, community representatives and other interested parties the chance to learn more about the recycling scheme for drinks cans and bottles, and to present an …

Day at the Dump with Eco Savvy

In this piece, project coordinator at Eco Savvy, Ruth, tells us all about what actually goes on at the Household Waste Recycling Centre and waste transfer station in Brodick, Arran. Last Wednesday saw a lucky group of us attend the Eco Savvy “Day @ the Dump” info tour around the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) …

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 …