National Allotments Week : Grow Your Own To Avoid Plastic Packaging!

National Allotments Week started in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of allotments and the role they play in helping people to live healthier lifestyles, grow their own food, develop friendships and bolster communities. We’ve recently been lucky enough to join a community group allotment and we’re loving it!

Our main motivation for joining was to get our hands on some fresh salad leaves without plastic packaging! We hadn’t had salad for ages because it always came wrapped in plastic so when a friend showed us her salad pickings and explained she was part of an allotment collective we wanted to sign up straight away! It also offered us the perfect opportunity to learn how to grow our own, which we have now started to do on a small scale in containers in our garden. There is nothing more satisfactory than eating fresh vegetables you have grown yourself and it has the added bonus of no plastic packaging!

For National Allotments Week we did a bit of searching (using ecosia of course- extra bonus of planting trees too!) to put together the below list of allotments available around Cornwall. We’ve also shared a few community projects based around community growing as well as gardening courses that can help you on your way to growing your own at home if you have your own garden.

Cornwall Allotments:

Cornwall Allotments, Redruth

Bude Allotment Association

Truro Allotments

St Ives Allotments

Falmouth Allotments

Falmouth, Penryn, Constantine and Mawnan Allotments

St Agnes, Month Hawke, Mithian Allotments

Penzance Allotments

Community Growing Spaces, Groups and Charities:

Incredible Edible Penryn

St Ives Community Orchard

Bosavern Community Farm

Helston Food Group

Newquay Community Orchard Sustainable Lives

Grow Your Own Workshops:

Padstow Kitchen Garden Course

Grow Your Own Veg Pot, Truro and Penwith College

The Real Food Garden Workshop, Bodmin

Online Guidance For Growing Your Own Veg:

How to design a potagar garden

Cornwall Wildlife Trust How to grow a vegetable garden

For more info on National Allotment Week

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Aug 2019 : Whats on Cornwall

The summer holidays are here! Here’s our pick of family friendly eco friendly events happening around Cornwall this August!

Beach Cleans and Litter Picks:

2/08 St Breward Messy Church Beach Clean

3/08 Hemmick Beach

5/08 Pendower Beach

5/08 Porthcurnick Beach

8/08 Fistral Beach

11/08 Portreath Beach

13/08 St Dennis Playing Fields

21/08 Treneere Estate

21/08 Marazion Beach

25/08 Mawgan Porth Beach

27/08 St Anns Chapel Park

Exhibitions, Workshops, Courses and Get Togethers:

24/07-3/09 Earth Story, Eden Project

Edens summer blockbuster exhibition takes you on a journey through Earth’s astonishing past, precarious present day – and a future that’s ours to make!

3/08 Beach Jewellery Workshop, Penzance

Bring your found ghostnet, beach plastic, driftwood and sea glass along to make cool, statement jewellery!

4/08 Plastic Free Perranporth Market

A perfect opportunity to shop local and plastic free!

09/08 Camera Obscura Workshop, Penryn

Using recycled / repurposed materials and a meniscus lens students will be guided through how to build a simple camera obscura.

10/08 Earth Pigment Painting, Penzance

Learn how to make paint by processing pure pigments using traditional paint making techniques, then use local pigments and soil gathered from the gardens to create your own painting.

11/08 Vitamin Sea Film by Cal Major, Porthtowan

Watch what is bound to be an awesome film about Cal Majors solo paddleboarding expedition with Q&A after!

13/08 Shell Seekers Painting Workshop, Falmouth

Bring your foraged shells and seaweed to use as inspiration to complete an A4 gouache painting with guidance from Lucy Innes Williams (see beautiful image below!)

14/08 Strandline Scavenge Arts and Crafts, Helford Passage

Hunt the strandline with Plastic Free Helford for interesting flotsam and turn it into monsters or other creatures.

15/08 Snorkel and Beach Clean, Porthgwarra

Beach clean followed by an underwater tour around Porthgwarra's coast, searching for some of our fantastic marine life!

22/08 Terrazzo recycled shell coaster workshop, Falmouth

Learn how to make your own coaster made from eco resin and recycled crushed shells!

24/08 Bodmin Swish

A perfect way to update the wardrobe without causing harm to the planet

30/08 Clean up SUP, Marazion

You'll be stand up paddleboarding, spotting numerous of our wonderful Cornish marine species and cleaning up our oceans - all at the same time!

31/08 Liskeard Eco Fashion Show

Go along and see what they guys at TeX have created!

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Jul 2019 : Whats on Cornwall

A highlight of plastic free evens going on around Cornwall for Plastic Free July!

Beach Cleans and Litter Picks:

1/07 Pendower Beach

5/07 Praa Sands

6/07 Hemmick Beach

12/07 Carharrack

14/07 Penryn

14/07 Glendurgan

Exhibitions, Workshops, Courses and Get Togethers:

1/07 Plastic Patrol / We Sup Falmouth Paddleboarding Clean up

How cool does this sound? A day of paddleboarding the Falmouth coast for free while picking up coastal marine waste, what a great start to Plastic Free July!

1/07 Grow Truro

Learning to grow your own is a great way to avoid plastic packaging

6/07 Intuitive Foraging and Medicine Making, Penzance

Making the most of natures bounty and avoiding plastic packaging at the same time!

7/07 Perranporth Plastic Free Market

Come along to Cornwalls only plastic free market!

9/07 Wool Talk: Sustainability with Finisterre, Porthtowan

Learn about sustainable fashion practices and be inspired to move away from fast fashion!

10/07 Truro Green Festival and Produce Market

A celebration of all things green in Truro - wildlife, green transport, green spaces, waste reduction, up-cycling, health and well-being.

12/07 Aluminium Jewellery Workshop, St Ives

Create your own jewellery from upcycled aluminium!

16/07 Hand Made Paper Making, St Ives

Learn to make your own paper from recycled materials, great for plastic free gifts and cards!

21/07 Comprehensive Foraging Course, Crantock

Theres no single-use plastic in nature!

24/07 Plastic Ocean Film Night, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre

A chance to watch 3 short films documenting the issue of ocean plastic

28/07 Aligning to your human purpose in turbulent times, The Living Well Centre, Sancreed

Suffering with eco anxiety? Overwhelmed by the issues? This day of connecting with others may help.

28/07 Herbs for pollinators and health, Camborne

Fresh herbs are terrible for plastic packaging, learn how to grow your own!

29/07 Beach clean and art session, St Ives

See what has been left behind in the turning tide and create masterpieces to take home!

31/07 Fantastic Plastic Fusion, St Ives

Learn how to recycle old plastic carrier bags into a strong, waterproof material. You can then turn your finished material into a small bag, phone, pencil/ glasses case, bunting or colourful wall hangings!

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Jun 2019 : Whats on Cornwall

8th June is World Oceans Day, you can get involved with a beach clean, plenty below and also some ocean events going on throughout the month, alongside some more land based activities!

Beach Cleans and Litter Picks:

1/06 Hemmick Beach

1/06 Budock Parish

2/06 Fal River Creek Clean

3/06 Pendower Beach

3/06 Porthcurnick Beach

4/06 Fistral Beach

5/06 Perranporth Beach

7/06 Poldhu Beach

8/06 Swanpool Beach

8/06 Porthtowan Beach

8/06 Towan Beach

8/06 Constantine Bay

9/06 Mounts Bay Caravan Park

10/06 Goss Moor

17/06 Falmouth Town Centre

22/06 Porth Beach

23/06 Pendennis Castle

26/06 Bodmin Town

Exhibitions, Workshops, Courses and Get Togethers:

1/06 Eco Surf Wax Workshop, Penzance

Learn how to make your own eco friendly, cold water surf wax, made from cornish bees' wax, tree resin and coconut oil.

1/06-2/06 Representing Nature: A weekend of walks, talks and workshops, Helston

Explore how nature is understood and represented in our contemporary times through a variety of perspectives

2/06 Herbal Workshop, Gwithian

Create your very own Spring Skin Scrub by utilising foraged herbs, mixing plant-based oils and merging natural ingredients from the earth with a side of alchemy and some added intentions

7/06 #ExeterMarine World Ocean Day Celebrations: An afternoon of talks, Penryn Campus

An afternoon of talks exploring the depths of marine system change, the problem with plastics and future technologies

7/06 Mine wastes in a circular economy, National Maritime Museum

This workshop focuses on the role of mining in the circular economy, showcasing opportunities for innovation and novel business ideas based on waste and by-products from the extractive industry

9/06 Big Lunch on the Lawn, Bodmin

Join Cultivate Cornwall for a community lunch with one rule, no money to change hands -everything there that day will be free. Free lunch, tea, coffee and entertainment.

12/06 Snorkel Safari, Carbis Bay

You'll go on an underwater guided tour around Carbis Bay, discovering our awesome Cornish marine life along the way.

16/06 Repair Cafe, Upcycle Kernow, Portreath

Take along broken bits and bobs to get fixed instead of throwing them away!

16/06 Conservation Cruise, Helford Passage

Join Helford Marine Conservation Group on their annual cruise down the river, in and out of every creek to take in the wildlife, geography, geology and history of the estuary

17/06 Sewing Workhop, Polperro

Learn how to make a dungaree dress!

20/06 Cafe Disruptif, Cornwall College

Opportunity to discuss the climate emergency with Dr Rupert Read

21/06 Marine Art Exhibition, West Looe

Take a look at art created by local children and artists incorporating materials found on beaches in the local area looking to answer the question ‘what does the ocean mean to you?’

22/06 Truro Repair Cafe

Take along any broken items from home that you want to get fixed rather than throw away!

25/06 Foraging Walk and Feast, Potager

Join Emma Gunn and Potager chef Daisy Hillier for a foraging walk and three course foraged feast

26/06 Cornwall Beaver Project Walk, Ladock

Having recently had the pleasure of seeing these newly introduced beavers and learning all about the benefits their unique dam building creates we can thoroughly recommend this!

27/06 Herbaceous Border Workshop, Lanhydrock

Learn all about planting and maintaining herbs from the team at Lanhydrock

29/06 Redruth Reloved Market

Find us and a great selection of local artists who are recycling, reducing and reusing everyday items. Raising money for Clic Sargent charity which fights tirelessly to stop cancer destroying young lives.

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May 2019 : Whats on Cornwall

We’re looking forward to May and these great events happening around the county!

Beach Cleans and Litter Picks:

3/05 Poldhu Beach

4/05 Hemmick Beach

4/05 Hannafore Beach

6/05 Pendower Beach

11/5 Parish of St Martin

19/05 Glendurgan

21/05 Coverack Beach

23/5 Perranporth Beach

26/5 Perranporth Beach

29/05 Holywell Beach

Exhibitions, Workshops, Courses and Get Togethers:

1/05 Fundraising for communities

Do you have a conservation group but not sure how to raise money? Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Fundraising team will help you to find ways to make your conservation group financially sustainable.

2/05 Plastic Free Penzance Summer Season Business Clinic

A great way to find out how as a business you can avoid single-use plastic and waste in the busy summer season!

3/05 Plastic Free Falmouth Bag Making

Get together with like minded friends and spend a morning making reusable shopping bags!

4/05 The Great Pot Amnesty at Trevisker Garden Centre

A chance to spring-clean the garden shed and make sure those unwanted pots etc get a new life!

5/05 Perranporth Plastic-Free Market and mini beach clean

Loads of plastic-free goodies to check out and a beach clean too!

5/05 St Michael’s Mount Forage and Picnic

Learn foraging techniques and tips on a guided walk and talk tour with Emma Gunn finishing with a foraged picnic.

8/05 Plastic Free Day

Beach Guardian, Final Straw Cornwall, The Final Straw Solent and Wild Tribe Heroes are collaborating to gather as many schools as possible to celebrate David Attenborough’s 93rd birthday by taking part in the ‘8th May Plastic-Free Day’

14/08 Reclaimed Timber Workshop

Head to Upcycle Kernow to learn how to effectively reclaim pallets and other types of timber to turn them into something useful.

16/05 SAS Fundraising dinner at St Michaels Mount

A unique evening on St Michael’s Mount raising funds for Surfers Against Sewage.

18/05 Newquay Orchard Spring Fayre

A lovely plastic-free event with loads going on!

18/05 Bee Friendly

Join Bee Guardian on a beach clean and then pot up some seedlings and plant sunflower seeds in recycled beach plastic bottles!

19/05 Upcycle Kernow Repair Cafe

Take along your broken household items and see if you can repair rather than throw out.

20/05 DIY Bathroom Essentials Workshop

We all know that making your own is a great way to avoid plastic packaging, learn how to make bathroom essentials such as toothpaste, scrubs and dry shampoo in this workshop.

25/05 Swish Bodmin

Freshen up your wardrobe and tackle textile waste.

25/05 Wildlife Gardening Club

Join Wildlife Watch volunteers and Perennial-Harvest for a gardening session sewing salad leaves.

26/05 Wilder Festival 2019

Learn all about Cornwalls wildlife and wild spaces

28/05 Seashore Forage and Feast

What better way to get package free food!

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Apr 2019 : Whats on Cornwall

Here’s a little round up of fun activities happening around Cornwall in April that caught our eye. There’s loads of beach cleans thanks to the Big Spring Beach Clean hosted by Surfers Against Sewage!

Beach Cleans and Litter Picks:

5/04 Poldhu Beach

5/04 Carharrack Street Clean

6/04 Lanner Village

6/04 Hemmick Beach

6/04 Illogan Village

6/04 Gylly Beach

6/04 Portmellon Beach

6/04 Marazion Beach

6/04 Hayle Harbour

6/04 Perranporth Beach

7/04 Little Fistral Beach

7/04 Porthleven Village

7/04 River Loveny

8/04 Helston Tidy

8/04 Towan Beach

9/04 Mevagissey Harbour

11/04 The Gannel

12/04 Watergate Bay

13/04 Holywell Bay

14/04 Pentewan Sands

14/04 Seaton Beach

16/04 Truro City

17/04 Love Lane

18/04 Linear Park

25/04 Porth Beach

Exhibitions, Workshops, Courses and Get Togethers:

30/03-1/06 BioArt and Bacteria Art Exhibition

Because without bacteria we wouldn’t be here!

7/04 Perranporth Plastic Free Market

We think this is Cornwalls first official plastic free market - be sure to check it out!

9/04 Falmouth Marine Conservation Monthly Meeting

Learn all about what FMC does and how to get involved

10/04 Seaquest Southwest

Spend an afternoon looking out to sea spotting Cornwalls marine wildlife

12/04 Tree Identification Walk

Enjoy a walk in nature while learning at the same time!

14/04 A Sunday Flea Boot

Buying secondhand is a great way to use less natural resources

15/04 Foraging Day Course

A great way to get outdoors and learn a new skill

16/04 The Great Eggcase Hunt Talk

17/04 The Great Eggcase Hunt

Because not all Easter Egg Hunts have to be about chocolate!

21/04 Easter Sealabration

Learn all about marine life and how to get involved with marine conservation

21/04 Wild Gin Safari

Learn all about wild herbs and plants that are a perfect match for your G&T!

27/04 Bee Amazing Talk

Bee-cause we love Bees!

29/04 LifeTalks. A Dose of Nature

Learn all about the complex relationship between mental health and nature

30/04 Foraging Walk and Feast

A great way to get food unpackaged!

Looking ahead:

26/05 Wilder Festival 2019

Learn all about Cornwalls wildlife and wild spaces

28/05 Seashore Forage and Feast

What better way to get package free food!

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Mar 2019 : Whats on Cornwall

It looks like spring has sprung, time to get out and enjoy this beautiful county we are lucky to live in and help save the environment a little at the same time too! Here’s a little round up of fun activities happening around Cornwall in March that caught our eye.

Beach Cleans and Litter Picks:

2/3/19 Hemmick beach

2/3/19 St Dominic Big Spring Clean

2/3/19 Tresmeer Litter Pick n Tea

3/3/19 Glendurgan Garden

3/3/19 Porthleven Town Clean

4/3/19 Pendower Beach

4/3/19 Porthcurnick Beach

8/3/19 Chapel Porth Beach

9/3/19 Polzeath Mega Beach

9/3/19 St Agnes

14/3/19 St Neot W.I Litter Pick

15/3/19 Boslowick Spring Clean

16/3/19 Swanpool Spring Clean

16/3/19 Falmouth Spring Clean

21/3/19 Bodmin Tidy Up

22/3/19 Sandymouth

23/3/19 Perranporth Suez Beach Clean

23/3/19 Bude Brag Keep Britain Tidy

23/3/19 Whipsiderry Newquay Beach Clean

24/3/19 Trefusis Beach

28/3/19 Porthpean HSBC Beach Clean

Exhibitions, Workshops, Courses and Get Togethers:

2/3/19 Falmouth Vintage Kilo Sale

5/3/19 Waste Not Clothes Swap

Because an estimated 235 million items of clothing were sent to UK landfill in 2017

7/3/19 Sustainable Undies Upcycle Kernow

Learn how to make your own knickers!

9/3/19 Mass Unwrap Penzance

9/3/19 Mass Unwrap Falmouth

Take a stand against all the plastic packaging found in supermarkets!

9/3/19 Stargazing with Kernow Astronomers National Trust Trerice

Because there’s nothing better than staring up at the stars!

11/3/19 Wild Cornwall Film & QA Poly Falmouth

There are still tickets left to see this beautiful film about Cornwall’s diverse wildlife

13/3/19 Learn to crochet Emilys Truro

Make your own reusable bag out of recycled yarn

16/3/19 Upcycle Bottle Lamp Making The Craft Collective Shop

Upcycle your favourite bottle into a lamp

17/3/19 Herbal Foraging and Smudge Making Wildshop

Get out in nature and discover wild herbs available in Cornwall

18/3/19 Seal Secrets The Admiral Benbow

Did you know that grey seals are one of the world's rarest seal species?

21/3/19 - 1/4/19 Silt and Soil Fish Factory

Take a look at artworks that explore the human connection with land and sea

21/3/19 Marine Recorders Evening The Rockpool

Learn all about Cornwall’s marine wildlife

23/3/19 Live, Loud & Local Greenpeace Gig The Saracens Plate

A great line up supporting an awesome charity

24/3/19 Sprint for Seals 3k fun run

A bit of fun exercise to raise money to help rescue and rehabilitate seal pups from around the coastline

30/3/19 Illustrated History of Recycling in Lostwithiel The Church Rooms

Learn all about recycling over the past 30 years in Lostwithiel

Looking ahead:

6/4/19 - 14/4/19 SAS Big Spring Clean

Keep an eye out for beach cleans happening near you, or get involved and arrange your own!

14/4/19 First There Is A Mountain

Join artist Katie Paterson on Porthcressa Beach and build a range of sand pail mountains

15/4/19 Foraging Day Course 7th Rise

Because who doesn’t like a good forage?! No plastic packaging there!

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31 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic

Who’s looking to reduce their plastic use this year?! Here at Incredible Bulk we’re all about offering you easy swaps to avoid those dastardly single use items and plastic that are causing so much harm to the planet.

Click here to see our gallery of 31 easy swaps available in the van that can help you move towards being zero waste.

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Feb 2019 : Whats on Cornwall

Because knowledge is power and communities coming together makes everything better, here’s a little round up of fun activities happening around Cornwall in February that caught our eye.

Beach Cleans and Litter Picks:

2/2/19 Polurrian Beach 10.30 - 12pm

2/2/19 Hemmick Beach 10-11am

3/2/19 Porthleven Streets 10-12pm

4/2/19 Pendower Beach 2-4pm

6/2/19 Bodmin 10.30-12pm

8/2/19 Chapel Porth Beach 1-2pm

9/2/19 Falmouth Harbour 10-12.30pm

12/2/19 Portreath 10-2pm

14/2/19 Maenporth Beach 3.30-5pm

14/2/18 Harlyn Bay Beach 5pm

14/2/19 Millendreath Beach 2.15-4.15pm

16/2/19 St. Mellion 10-12pm

16/2/19 Bodmin 11-12pm

20/2/19 Pentire Head 10-3pm

27/2/19 Fistral Beach 10.15-5pm

Exhibitions, Workshops, Courses and Get Togethers:

26/1/19-17/3/19 Plan Bee Art Exhibition Eden Project

Because bees are life and we should look to understand and protect them.

2/2/19 – 3/2/19 Launch Weekend for Invisible Worlds Exhibit Eden Project

Because the ocean is cool and pretty essential for our future!

6/2/19 7-10pm Talk about Cornwall’s fishing industry

Because its good to know about our local industries and see how they’re being responsible towards the planet. Fishing is a hot topic in ocean plastic waste being responsible for around 70% of it - whats Cornwall doing about it?

12/2/19 Pallet Rebuilding Workshop Upcycle Kernow

Because upcycling is awesome and helps prevent waste ending up in landfill.

16/2/19 or 22/2/19 Sourdough Baking Workshop Cotna Eco Retreat

Because its fun to make your own and it also avoids a lot of packaging waste!

20/2/10 10-1 Rockpool Ramble and Shore Search St Ives

Because being by the sea is good for the soul and you’ll get to learn about incredible marine life!

20/2/19 11-3 Rag Rug Workshop Tintagel

Because you’ll learn how to upcycle odd bits of fabric into cool rugs!

26/2/19 Building A Community Festival Get Together Mount Pleasant Eco Park

Because you’ll get to be involved with an awesome community project.

Looking ahead:

16/3/19 Foraging Walk and Feast Cotna Eco Retreat

Because walking in nature is good for you and not all food has to come in plastic packaging from the supermarket.

16/3/19 Wild Cooking With Only Boiled Water and a Mug Wadebridge

Because that’s a handy life skill to have!

19/3/19 Natural Ink Making Potager Garden

Because you’ll be out in nature and learn something new!

24/3/19 Beer Brewing Mount Pleasant Eco Park

Because who doesn’t want to brew their own beer? You’ll also learn how to make a fiery alcoholic ginger beer!

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Recycling Facilities in Cornwall

A few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to go on a trip to see the Suez Materials Recycling Facility in Bodmin to see exactly what happens to our recycling in Cornwall. Here are our main takeaways from the day:

Cornwall’s recycling network consists of kerbside collection as well as 13 Household Recycling Centres, 5 Transfer Stations, 2 Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) and 1 incinerator (The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre).

The 2 MRF sites sort all of Cornwall’s recycling materials, receiving up to 53 trucks a day.

At the MRF sites the different materials are separated (by hand), made into bails and then shipped to various private contractors for recycling located both in the UK and overseas, mainly in Europe.

Waste that can’t be recycled is sent to St Dennis where it is burnt in a special facility at the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre. The heat that is produced is turned into energy and sold to the Cornish national grid. Having this facility means a lot of Cornwalls waste avoids landfill.

However, we need to recycle more, currently over ¾ of the rubbish produced in Cornwall does not make it to the recycling process. A report published by Cornwall Council a month ago highlighted Cornwall’s best and worst areas for recycling with the overall statistics showing that at best 41% of waste was being recycled and at worst just 14%, with there being potential for Cornish households to recycle around 60% of their waste - showing there is still some way to go.

Materials that can be recycled:

Plastic: We produce and use 20 times more plastic today than we did 50 years ago, with Cornwall currently throwing away 117 million plastic bottles every year. All types of plastic bottles are collected within kerbside recycling. Labels on plastic bottles do not need to be removed by the public as they come off in the washing process. The only plastic that can’t currently be recycled is black plastic due to it not being suitable for the current optical recycling process.

Paper & Cardboard: It takes approximately 17 trees to make one tonne of paper. Diverting paper and card from landfill reduces energy use and CO2. All clean, unsoiled paper & card can be recycled.

Glass: Every year Cornish households use 71 million glass jars and bottles. Recycling just one bottles saves enough energy to power a television set for up to an hour and a half.

Cans & Metals: If all the aluminium cans in the UK were recycled, there would be 12 million fewer dustbins every year. Don’t forget you can include metal bottle tops in your metal recycling.

Textiles: The amount of textiles thrown away each month weighs the same as 40,000 cars.

Tetrapak: Recycling of Tetrapak cartons is now available at 7 of the 13 household centres in Cornwall.

Garden waste: All garden waste received is turned into compost.

Top Tip when recycling: Its nice too wash your empty containers, the materials are sorted by hand in the MRF centres and they can smell quite a bit if not washed!


The recycling centre runs a fantastic, large scale operation that is very efficient in distributing recyclable materials. Recycling is super important for reducing our use of precious resources and for ensuring waste doesn’t end up in landfill sites where it will contribute to global warming. However, we still believe that avoiding waste (even recyclable waste) should be a number one priority. Recycling still comes with a carbon footprint and energy use and not all materials can be recycled indefinitely (various sources suggest plastics can be recycled anywhere from one to five times before it needs to be discarded). When tackling your own waste think of the 5 Rs - Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. Get organised with your recycling bags which should make it easier to get the right items recycled. Keep an eye on your recycling and rubbish bin - is there anything going in there that you can avoid?

The trip to the Suez Materials Recycling Facility was organised by the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, join their Facebook group to hear about upcoming trips.

To find out about the recycling facilities in your area check out this link here

Important Christmas collections here

Cornwall recycling league table here

Zero Waste Cornwall Guide

Today marks the end of Zero Waste Week and we thought it would be a great time to do a round up of all the great businesses and events in Cornwall that can help you continue your zero waste journey. We'll be keeping it updated and if you have any suggestions to add please get in touch so we can add it!

Bulk / Refill / Zero Waste Shops : take along your own containers and avoid single-use packaging

Archie Browns : Truro, Penzance (some refill options)

Be the Solution : St Day (home cleaning refills)

Gillian's Larder : Helston

Incredible Bulk : various locations

Mooon Milk Parlour : St Buryan (milk refills only)

Plastics Free : Online

ReFILL Shop : Bude

Replenish : Wadebridge

The Good Lyfe : Newquay

The Natural Store : Falmouth, Helston, St Austell (some refill options)

The Refill Store : Truro and Goonhavern

The Weigh Inn : Penzance

Trevisker Garden Centre : Padstow (Refill station for liquid fertiliser)

Un_Rap : Falmouth

Farmers Markets : Great to get select items without packaging as well as local produce that has done little travelling. Most stall holders will listen to your reduced packaging requests and help where they can - don't be shy to ask! You also may come across us - an added bonus!

Camborne Produce Market : Every Friday 9 - 2

Constantine Market : Second Saturday of the month 9.30 - 12

Helston Farmers Market : First Saturday of the month 9.30 - 1

Lostwithiel Farmers Market : Fourth Saturday of the month 10 - 1

Newquay Farmers Market : Last Sunday of the month 10 - 3

Penzance Farmers Market : Every Friday 9 - 1

Perranporth Plastic Free Market : First Saturday of the month 1.30-4.30

Porthtowan Farmers Market : Third Saturday of the month 10 - 2

Sennen Market : Every Tuesday 9 - 12

St Buryan Farmers and Craft Market : Second and Fourth Saturdays 9.30 - 12.30 

St Erth Farmers Market : Every Saturday 10 - 12 

St Ives Farmers Market : Every Thursday 9.30 - 2

The Market Crantock : First Saturday of the month 9 - 3

Farm Shops and Veg BoxesGreat for fresh local and usually unwrapped fruit and veg, also be sure to keep an eye out while driving around as there are loads of great roadside stalls offering fresh produce not packaged

Baileys Country Store : Penryn (some refill options too)

Bosavern Community Farm : Penzance

Camel CSA : Wadebridge Community veg box

Cusgarne Farm Shop : Cusgarne, Truro

One Field Farm : Crantock

Penryn Produce : Veg and Zero Waste Box

The Veg Shop : St Agnes

Tre, Pol & Pen : Lezant (has good refill selection too)

Trevaskis Farm : Hayle

Out & AboutAwesome places we've come across that have a sustainable / zero waste vibe

Cotna : Retreat space that also puts on interesting diy workshops such as foraging and sourdough baking

The Eco Collective : An awesome selection of vegan friendly products, with pastys from The Cornish Vegan Pasty Company, yummy treats from Nature’s Treats, home cleaning refills from us and a great selection of local Cornish brands selling cards, ceramics, art, t-shirts and more!

Green HeART Cafe : A sweet little veggie cafe in Newquay that was also offering some home cleaning liquid refills

The Green Waste Company: Based in Hayle and Roche The Green Waste Company offer large scale recycling facilities as well as a service where you can pick up compost with your own trailer - no more bags of compost!

Morva Marazion : Cute gift shop that stocks wide selection of Cornish products with minimum plastic packaging

Mount Pleasant Eco Park : A beautiful green spot offering workshops and events, delish veggie food at their veggie cafe La Cantina, they also have volunteer fridays offering unique hands-on training in a variety of sustainable land-based skills

No 56 : Beautiful homewares store that stocks zero waste / sustainable products

Newquay Community Orchard : A beautiful spot, often has fresh produce for sale and they offer various sustainable workshops and events. You can also volunteer if you have green fingers!

Potager : Cafe and garden spot, also offering workshops and volunteering opportunities

Willow and Stone : A gorgeous homewares store in Falmouth offering lots of natural alternatives for household cleaning instruments!

Cornish Brandsa shout out to brands based in Cornwall that are working with a commitment to zero waste that can help you on your journey

A Short Walk : these guys don't believe in waste. They design, develop, produce and sell a wide range of products including the R Cup reusable coffee cup, bird feeders, house signs and flower pots made from recycled redundant materials

Beauty Kubes : Organic, plastic free shampoo cubes

Bodds : Ethical and sustainable swimwear made from Econyl®, recycled nylon

Cornish Skin Food : Rachel makes dreamy natural skin care products and from the start of this year moved away from plastic packaging to aluminium tubs and paper wrap

Fin Bar Plastic Free Soap : Plastic free soap and solid shampoo bars inspired by Finns desire to become a marine biologist.

Finisterre : a clothing brand all about sustainability, always looking to push the boundaries in the collections they create

Fishy Filaments : recycle fishing nets into engineering grade filament for 3D printing

Fourth Element : Technical suits and swimwear with a focus on doing everything they can to preserve oceans for the future

Frugi : On a mission to show the world that beautiful children’s clothing can be fun AND ethically sourced

Gwenen Eco Beeswax Wraps : Organic cotton beeswax wraps made in St Agnes, a great plastic free and reusable alternative to clingfilm

Innoscent Cleaning : Eco friendly cleaning service for your home or business in Cornwall using 100% natural, biodegradable and vegan products that are also available to buy

Natures Anchor : Handcrafted soaps and shampoo bars

Sapling & Bud : for all your succulent and plant needs - all come in recycled plant pots

Scence : Natural skin care made in Falmouth, all in compostable cardboard packaging

Smartie Lids On The Beach : Beautiful pieces of art made from plastic found on Cornish beaches.

The Cornish Artisan : delicious, ethical and sustainably sourced herbal teas

Tinkebu : Sustainable handcrafted wooden toys

Wasted Apple : Cider made from apples that would have gone to waste

West Country Tea Co : plastic free teas, blended in Newquay

Wild Tribe Heroes : Series of children’s books on the ocean plastics problem

Zed Clay : 100% natural sun protection designed and handmade in Cornwall by Kato Harrison

Cornwall Specific Online Guidance : Great for both insight and sharing zero waste ideas. 

Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition : Facebook group to help groups and individuals in Cornwall work together to find targeted local solutions to the marine litter issue

FXU Zero Waste Society : A group of students from Falmouth and Exeter Universities looking to raise awareness on ways to live a low impact life

Journey to Zero Waste. Plastic Free Cornwall : Facebook group for those living in Cornwall looking to reduce their waste

Journey to Zero Waste Cornwall (UK) : Facebook group for all living in Cornwall interested in or working towards a more zero waste lifestyle

Minimal Impact Kernow : A blog by Adele Morgan who lives a zero waste lifestyle in Cornwall

ReFILL Cornwall : download the app to find water refill stations near you

Campaigns and Groups : taking zero waste out of the home and onto the streets / beaches, a great way to get involved and learn more

#2minutebeachclean : Community of beach lovers rolling up their sleeves to help rid the world’s beaches of marine litter and plastic pollution, two minutes at a time

Beach Guardian : A Community Interest Company organising beach cleans and information events

Bude Cleaner Seas Project : Bude Cleaner Seas Project is working together with the local community to give Bude the cleanest water quality and the cleanest beaches in Cornwall

Clean Cornwall : Helping to make a cleaner Cornwall

Clean Ocean Sailing : Raising awareness about ocean plastics

Fathoms Free : A volunteer group of marine conservationists running diving and beach clean events

Final Straw Cornwall : A campaign to rid Cornwall of single use plastic straws and raise awareness of the damage single use plastics are causing to our environment

Surfers Against Sewage : An environmental charity based in St Agnes protecting our oceans, find your local beach clean events and plastic free guardians for ways to get involved

Odyssey Innovation : Collecting ocean plastic to recycle into kayaks

Packshare : App to help you upcycle your packaging to people who need it

Repair Cafe : take along items you need fixing, one in Falmouth and Liskeard

Upcycle Kernow : Based in Portreath, offering creative upcycling workshops and events

We hope these help you on your zero waste journey so we can keep Cornwall beautiful and waste free- let us know how you get on!