Consumers called on to cut carbon footprint by reducing clothing purchases

Climate conscious Devon residents are being urged to reduce their carbon footprint by cutting down on the clothes they buy and instead get the most out of what they have.

And if residents do have to buy new clothes, they are encouraged to buy better-quality, ethically sourced items, preferably from a local retailer.

The ‘fast fashion’ industry is the second highest carbon-...

Recycle Devon wants Devon residents to join the ‘Donation Generation’

Devon residents are being invited to join the Donation Generation by pledging to reuse and repair clothing as much as possible and reduce the estimated 10,000 items of clothing thrown away in the UK every five minutes.

Every pledge made will be entered in a prize draw on 2 March 2020, to win one of 10 Upcycling and Repair kits.

The kits consist of handy items to help repair...

The Big Fix goes nationwide!

UK residents can find inspiration on how to breathe new life into their broken possessions at what promises to be the largest repair event of its kind ever held.

The Big Fix 2020 will see 75 repair cafes from around the UK join forces and run simultaneous events on Saturday February 15.

In an event being co-ordinated by Devon County Council, hundreds of volunteer fixers will...

Going green is not black and white

Staff at a top regional conservation charity have shared their successes and frustrations as they try to reduce, reuse and recycle consumables in their cafes and restaurants.

Wild Planet Trust is the charity that runs Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts in Torquay and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall. Staff and volunteers work to reduce the zoos’ impact on the planet in as many ways as they can – but...

National Marine Aquarium joins the campaign to Refill Devon

The National Marine Aquarium has joined over 30 local business in Plymouth to support the Refill Devon campaign.

‘Refill’ is one of the fastest growing and successful bottle refill schemes around the country. The practical tap water campaign aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street.

The National...

Free bag of chips if you recycle your tree…

Plymouth residents will be able to recycle their Christmas trees differently this year and get a free bag of chippings in return.

Wood-chipping machines will be on a mini tour of Plymouth as part of a trial scheme to dispose of Christmas trees responsibly.

Teams from the Council will take the machines to locations across the city from 9 January to make it easier for residents...

Got a question about recycling?

A question and answer session all about recycling in Plymouth is taking place this Thursday on the Council Facebook as part of Recycling Week.

People will be able to post a question about what can and can’t be recycled and waste staff will aim to answer them either on the day or within 24 hours.

With Plymouth’s new material recycling facility now operational and Recycling Week...