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 …

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 …