Recycling and Waste
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Milk dispensers and plastic bottles
Last November we reported on a dairy farm in Aberdeenshire which had installed a milk dispenser / vending machine to reduce the use of single use plastic bottles, and expressed the hope that our local Black Isle Dairy might consider doing the same. We are glad to report that this has now happened.
Milk dispenser up and running at Black Isle Dairy
Black Isle Dairy has recently installed a milk dispenser in its 'Honesty Shed' at Rootfield Farm, which means that their whole milk is no longer supplied in single use plastic bottles. Customers can now choose between bringing their own bottles or buying glass bottles for £2. The machine will dispense either 500ml or 1 litre, and without the expense of the plastic bottles the price has been reduced to 50p and £1 respectively. Easy to follow instructions are provided, and at the moment payment is by coins only, but a contactless card facility is also due to be installed.
Black Isle Dairy's semi-skimmed milk (still in plastic bottles), their excellent and very different yogurt and wide range of ice creams are also available in the Honesty Shed, as well as sausages and pork from Black Isle Pork along the road and eggs from Ged Eggs at Meikle Geddes.
Nick Mackenzie, who runs Black Isle Dairy, said of his decision to install the dispenser
"We decided to install the milk vending machine to allow us to cut down on single use plastic packaging and supply milk in reusable glass bottles without setting up a milk delivery service. It also allows us to provide fresh milk straight from the cows which has been pasteurised but is otherwise unaltered and have direct contact with our customers."
Nick deserves the thanks of all who are concerned about the environmental damage caused by single-use plastics for this enterprising and welcome innovation.
Alternative Food Packaging project in North Berwick
In response to an item in the last newsletter, Heather Mack has drawn attention to a project being run by Scottish environmental charity Fidra
"Fidra is a Scottish environmental charity talking about how to make food packaging more environmentally friendly, in particular ways to make this happen in their local town of North Berwick"
The Restart Project
Mike Thomas of Transition Network has drawn our attention to this organisation, which offers assistance to Transition and other community groups in setting up their own repair and reuse activities. Restart says
"Get support to run a Restart Repair Event
"We’re The Restart Project. Like you, we know the pace of our consumption has real social and environmental costs. So, we’re building a network of people who want to do something about the throwaway culture around us by helping people repair stuff.
"We help local groups like yours run community events where people teach each other how to repair their broken stuff – to help them value and use it for longer. And we use the data and stories we collect to help demand better, more sustainable products for all.
"There are people in your community who already know how to fix things – and others who want to learn. By bringing them together in a local repair event, you can have an immediate impact on waste in your area, as well as reaching out to local people who might not have come across your Transition group before.
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"The Restart Project already helps a handful of Transition groups run their own repair events and we can help you too! Whether you’d like to organise your own Repair Café or electronics-focused Restart Party, we can help you get the ball rolling with how-to guides, event-management tools and personalised advice."
Although this is not obvious from the information in this email, a visit to the Restart website at https://therestartproject.org/ makes it clear that their main focus is on the rather specialised area of repairs to electronic devices and small electrical appliances.
TBI has from time to time considered running a more general repair and reuse project. If you would be interested in helping to run such a project, or have broken stuff you would like help with repairing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Zero Waste Stores - Plastic Free Coastlines
TBI Director Vanessa Halhead has discovered some interesting videos about Zero Waste Stores (and various other topics), and wonders whether the idea offers any scope for a TBI project.
At the Transition Scotland gathering in Dunbar last weekend Martin Sherring came across a campaign started by 'Surfers against Sewage' in Cornwall, seeking support from community leaders to "come forward and unite communities to create Plastic Free Coastlines". Something here for the Black Isle, perhaps?
Unwrapped - A European report on plastic food packaging
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