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Did you know we have a Members’ Zone?  This area is for members only – but membership is free so why not join today! This site is for you the people of Sussex, so we want you to take some ownership it.  To become a member all you need to do is click on the black ‘Follow‘ button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen, add your email address and click the ‘Sign me up’ link underneath.

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Why we must recycle as much plastic as possible

 

plastic bottle recycling Recycle it! Milk bottle tops

For simplicity lets just look at the plastic bottle.  They are used to package a wide variety of things, from juice to soft drinks, and they play a ubiquitous role in the lives of many consumers, along with other plastic products. With a growing awareness of the environmental issues which surround plastics, many people have become interested in the life cycles of plastic products, from manufacturing to eventual disposition in a landfill or recycling facility. Being aware of the process behind the production of plastics can encourage consumers to think more carefully about how they use and dispose of such plastics. Because plastic bottles are a very visible form of plastic use, plastic bottles make an easy target for activism and education.

The life cycle of a plastic bottle starts, obviously, with the creation of the plastic used to make it. The vast majority of plastic bottles are manufactured from petroleum, which comes from deposits which can be up to three billion years old. Plastics which get sent to landfill are estimated to take between 300 and 1000 years to biodegrade (if they ever do).

Pedro says “Recycle everything, there is no such thing as rubbish it is just waste resources in the wrong place”.

Learn about the recycling schemes where we take materials which the council can not recycle, then recycle them for the financial benefit of Sussex Wildlife Trust, William Penn Primary School in Coolham and WAKOOS nursery for children in Billingshurst.

Learn more about the lifecycle of plastic in this excellent article.

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Autumnfest – sustainable living event

SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 10AM-3PM

DOWNLANDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL, DALE AVENUE, HASSOCKS, SUSSEX. Free admission

Children and natureSussex Green Living will be participating at this Autumnfest event, so come along and meet us.  HKD are the organisers of this great family event.

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Poem – Spell of Creation

Beautiful Poppy fields
Within the flower there lies a seed,
In the seed there springs a tree,
In the tree there spreads a wood.
In the wood there burns a fire,

Apples galore!

If you’re lucky enough to have your own apple tree(s) don’t let theMaking use of Apples fruit fall and rot on the ground.  Pick carefully, store in a frost free place or be creative and get cooking. When Mother Nature supplies such abundance for the birds and we humans, let us enjoy and make the most of such a harvest. Read more

Pedro’s photo of the month of August

Horses and the environment“The last laugh is on me”

Pedro says “Well done Liz Jones for capturing this magic moment”.

Share your “Magic moments with nature”, your eco or green art and expose your photographic skills. All you need to do is register as a contributor here and upload your photos. It is as simple as that!

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Sussex Greener Living Campaign

Pedro launches his Sussex Greener Living Campaign.

South American Tree Frog

Pedro has been very busy setting up lots of new recycling schemes to divert waste materials from the landfill in Warnham.  These great schemes will benefit the William Penn Primary School in Coolham, WAKOOS nursery in Billingshurst, Sussex Wildlife Trust and the The Philippine Community Fund.  Billingshurst Primary School have also set up some of their own recycling schemes.  Read more

Fabulous family festival fun!

Over the Moon Green family festival

Over the Moon Festival, a green and family-friendly event
Celebrating music, art and environmental awareness
On Friday 14 September until Sunday 16 September, 2012
Location: Hempstead Lane, Hailsham, East Sussex

 

Jim Mitchell, the festival organiser, says: ‘Over the Moon is an
Over the Moon - green family event opportunity for people to come together, get creative and have a wild time while learning how to live a more sustainable life.’

Alternative talks and workshops will be delivered by expert speakers at the forefront of their fields. These will include talks on environmental issues from Flemich Webb, environmental journalist and adventurer, the men behind Cadoo, the world’s only social network on sustainable living, and Tom Chute from 10:10 Brighton and Hove, who will give you advice on how to reduce your carbon footprint. Read more

Summer Green Family Fun Day

Thursday 30th August 10.30am – 2pm.

Venue: Pedro’s Green Den in Coneyhurst, Nr Billingshurst.

South American Tree FrogActivities will include: Read more

A green birthday present

Children and natureRather than buy a plastic toy which has gathered a huge carbon footprint by being imported from China, why not buy a child a butterfly kit?  Watch them Grow and Let them Go!

Raise five Painted Lady Butterflies while learning all about metamorphosis with Insect Lore’s best selling Butterfly Garden.  See each caterpillar’s transition as it matures, changes into a chrysalis, and finally emerges as a Painted Lady Butterfly! After observing your butterflies, experience the joy of releasing them into your garden or the park. Read more

Summer Activities

The summer holidays have arrived and it looks like we may have some rainy days between now and the children going back to school. With all that time to fill, why not try some of our Rainy Day Play or get the children making some Green or Eco Art?

Whether it is building robots or castles with boxes, rockets or 10 tin bowling with steel cans, Olympic torches with cardboard tubes, yoghurt pots and foil, elephants with bottles, tubs and foil or perhaps a bottle top flower for the garden.  They are all fun and creative activities which cost nothing, entertain the children and most importantly teach us to use rubbish as a waste resource.

Recycled art Recycled art Recycled green and eco art

Recycled elephant - green art - eco art 10 recycled steel cans Recycled flower - green art - eco art

Or put on your boots and rain coat (maybe your sun hat and sun cream) and get into the great green outdoors.  In the Kids’ Zone on the Sunny Day Play page you will find lots of ideas for places to visit.

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Recycled Olympic Torch

Here is a simple and free recycling activity for the children during the summer holidays.

Recycled green and eco art

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Push for Green Energy in Horsham

Solar panels

Transition Horsham is a community group (all volunteers) of local Horsham area residents who are concerned about the effects of climate change, peak oil and the associated economic problems. Currently they are looking at fossil fuels and are planning a project to map the potential of solar power in the Horsham area.  As part of this process they would like to find out what other people think about the idea.

If you live in Horsham please can you take the time to complete their online survey here, it is your town and your future.

 

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Big Recycling Bonanza in Brighton

The Green Centre BrightonSunday 29 July 2012 (11am-3pm)

Event Location: The Green Centre, 39 Manor Hill, Brighton, BN2 5EL

The Green Centre are asking you to bring your biros, blouses, handbags, hammers and spanners (and a whole lot of other materials) to their Big Recycling Bonanza on Sunday 29 July (11am-3pm). Read more

Renewable energy from abandoned viaduct!

An abandoned viaduct is to be transformed into a Wind Turbine

Viaduct converted into wind turbine bridgeA bridge that repurposes abandoned viaducts, produces energy AND looks futuristically sleek? Yes, it can be true, and it is Italy’s proposed Wind Turbine Viaduct called “Solar Wind.” Southern Italy is dotted with unused viaducts, and rather than spending $50 million to tear them down, town officials near Calabria held a competition called “Solar Park South,” open to designers and engineers asking them to come up with an environmentally conscious way to re-use the existing structures. Read more

Outdoor animal and family photos special offer

Horse photography

David and his wife Gill used to run a photographic studio and business in Horsham, David Graham Photography.  They now live in Lincolnshire, however they are staying in Sussex for seven weeks from 16th July 2012 and are offering West Sussex residents this fantastic deal. Read more

Photo of the month of May

Have you ever seen a peacock in full flight?  Well you have now!

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Don’t throw it away, give it away!

Freecycle

FreegleFreegle steying, sussex

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might not want it, but someone just round the corner might. All around the country there are Freegle Groups and Freecycle Groups, find your local group and free gift the items you don’t want to someone who needs it/them.  You might need something, in which case sign up, search for the item or post a wanted ad for free.

The central West Sussex Freegle Group is Steyning Freegle Group and there is a central West Sussex Freecycle Group in Horsham.

All items must be legal and appropriate, and free. No loans, swaps or sales please – just free gifts.

Sign up Sussex and get recycling rather than filling up the landfill!

 

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Sustainable businesses needed

News bulletin………. Sustainable businesses needed for University of Chichester study.

landfill siteWest Sussex companies who save old products from landfill are being sought for a new research study by the University of Chichester and West Sussex County Council.

There has been a recent growth in businesses increasing the lifespan of products by refurbishing, remanufacturing or recycling them for future use. The cost of landfill, pressure to recycle and the current economic situation means that companies and the general public are becoming conscious of the replacement and disposal of products. Read more

Geocaching – the modern day treasure hunt

 

Modern day treasure huntFancy adding an extra dimension to your days out? Then give geocaching a go. Put simply, geocaching is a modern, high-tech take on a treasure hunt and has become something of a worldwide Read more

Recycling the non-recyclable!

For the benefit of families in the Philippines.

children scavenge on rubbish tipYour local council might not be able to recycle these waste resources (see below) but for poor families in the Philippines this waste will make the difference between having a meal or not that night.

A charity called The Philippine Community Fund www.p-c-f.org aims to permanently improve the quality of life for the poorest Filipino communities through education, nutrition, health, medical and family enhancement programmes, and to free every Filipino child and their family from the effects of poverty. Read more

Calling all Sussex eco schools, nurseries and children’s groups


Green Education

Share your ideas for greening up Sussex.  Or tell the world about your eco projects in your very own category under “Sussex Schools Green Blog”.  This new communications tool will enable schools, nurseries and children’s groups in Sussex to promote your organisation/group and give children an opportunity to put into practice their ICT skills on the World Wide Web! Read more

Launch of Green Johannas at Bishop Luffa School, Chichester.

 

 

Recycling talkStudents recycling projectIn May, Carrie from Sussex Green Living and Blanca Timblick, the Business Enterprise Co-ordinator at Bishop Luffa School, launched Green Johanna’s at the school.  Blanca and Carrie trained with Better Tomorrows CIC earlier in the year to become voluntary Waste Prevention Advisors.  Better Tomorrows’ aim is to change how the residents of West Sussex think and behave in order to be more environmentally-friendly and more sustainable.

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Local Organic Fruit and Vegetable Boxes

You might be interested in this supplier. They will deliver to your door fresh, locally grown organic fruit and vegetables.  Reduce your carbon footprint – buy local.
WAYSIDE ORGANICS
CHURCH LANE, OVING
CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX
PO20 2BT
TEL/FAX 01243 779716
info@waysideorganics.co.uk
#SBS winners
Established: 1989

Sussex Family Fun Day in Recycling Week

We are holding a second Sussex Green Living (SGL) family fun day at the end of Recycling Week on Saturday 23rd June 10.30am – 2pm.  It is taking place in green gardens, fields and the SGL Green Den near Billingshurst.

Activities will include:

Outdoor play day Outside play Outside play Outdoor play

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