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Wear a reusable mask, plant a seed🌱


Zero Waste London Mail

June 16 · Issue #9 · View online

Join the zero waste revolution.

Wearing a face mask in public transports is now compulsory in England.
If you only do one thing to reduce waste this week, make a reusable mask.
Discarded throwaway masks and plastic gloves are a rising threat to ocean life. Yes, more plastic is ending up in the sea because of coronavirus. 😫😫😫
By wearing a reusable mask, you are avoiding the creation of more waste and showing that using disposable items is not the only way.
You can make a face covering without a sewing machine!
Have a look to this video of a woman making a mask with a sock and testing it. Then go and dip into your collection of lonely socks to make some masks for yourself and your loved ones. Easy peasy! 😃
If you have a sewing machine and want to make something stylish, of course, you can make your own face covering.
I’d recommend having a look to the Big Community Sew. This project was launched a month ago by Patrick Grant from The BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee.
You can download 4 different patterns on the website - 2 adult patterns and 2 kids 👦🏾 👧🏽 ones. You can also find a local mask sewing group if you want to be part of a community project. There are several groups in London. I’ve spotted 4 groups based in the capital -Hillingdon, Barnet, Barnes & Greenwich at least).
Keep planting waste reduction seeds! 🌱

#PlasticFreeJuly 😍
Less than 2 weeks until #PlasticFreeJuly. 🛎
Since it started out in 2011 as a local initiative in Western Australia, the Plastic Free July challenge has grown into a global movement.
Last year, 250 MILLION people signed up to the challenge and 825 MILLION of kilos of plastic waste have been avoided as a result, according to the charity’s latest annual report.
Of course, you can decide to reduce your single use plastic waste at any time during the year. However, some of us need to know that we are doing it alongside hundreds of thousands of other people across the globe to stay motivated.
You can read a lot of inspiring stories of people reducing their plastic waste at home but also at work thanks to Plastic Free July.
If you want to take up the challenge, now is the time to get ready!
Think about what your priorities are - reducing your food packaging, clearing up your bathroom cabinet, reducing your plastic waste on the go ? - and which steps you can take right now to make your life easier comes July 1st.
Plastic FreeJuly is a good opportunity to get all the members of your household engaged. We did it last year as a family and since then we’ve kept our plastic waste at a very low level.
You can also use to promote Plastic Free July at school, work, in shops, or at cafes in your community by using those posters.
KEEP ME POSTED! I’d love to hear about your #PlasticFreeJuly experiment.
Inspiration 🌱
The latest edition of BBC Radio 4 Food Programme is dedicated to seeds. People have spent more time in their gardens this year and have been growing fruit and vegetables out of a desire to become more self-sufficient in their food supply - among others. Growing food is only part of the answer, as the programme shows. Growing food and saving seeds is one of the most radical thing you can do.
Listen to the programme here.
👉 If you are interested in saving seeds, you may want to register your interest here for the online course that Vital seeds will launch soon.
Courgettes growing in my garden.
Courgettes growing in my garden.
👉 If you want to grow food to give it away to people in need in your community, check out Capital Growth‘s Community harvest here. They can can offer materials, training, 1-2-1 advice and help to connect you with people that can benefit from the food.  
#FixFestUK, the online gathering for community repair in the UK, continues until July 9th. The events are organised by the Restart Project. This Thursday session will be dedicated to ‘Running Good Online Events for Adult Learners’.
London Climate Week is taking place on line this year between July 1st and July 4th. See the programme here.
Jobs 💰
The food waste reduction charity Feedback is recruiting a Sussex gleaning coordinator.
‘The candidate would need to live in Sussex. The job will involve a combination of working from home; travelling to and working on farms in Sussex; and meetings (pandemic permitting) in Brighton. It may be possible to arrange hot-desking space at a venue in Brighton if this suits the candidate.’
22k pro rata
Advert available here.
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