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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26 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. See below for our 26 easy swaps available in the van that can help you move towards being zero waste. Click on the item to find out more about the environmental harm caused by their plastic equivalents and why we think these eco friendly alternatives are so great!

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!

OUR VERDICT

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)

Gillian's Larder : Helston

Incredible Bulk : various locations

Mooon Milk Parlour : St Buryan (milk refills only)

Plastics Free : Online

Refill Store : Truro

The Good Lyfe : Newquay

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

The Weigh Inn : Penzance

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

Penzance Farmers Market : Every Friday 9 - 1

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

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

Trevaskis Farm : Hayle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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! 

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