Recycling Upstairs and Down is the chosen theme of Recycle Week 2015 – encouraging us to look past the kitchen when recycling around the home. In recent years we’ve seen the recycling rate in Scotland shoot up to almost 42%, with householders across the country making recycling materials like plastic bottles, glass, paper and even food an everyday habit. But what’s making up the remaining 58%? Research suggests a fair chunk of it is just stuff from rooms in the house we forget to recycle in. Studies show that we are great at recycling stuff in the kitchen, but when it comes to the rest of the house, we often forget that an empty bleach bottle is just as recyclable as an empty water bottle. So this Recycle Week, Zero Waste Scotland is calling for us to get recycling all around the house. This means in the bathroom, recycling things like shampoo bottles, loo rolls, aerosols and the boxes toothpaste comes in; or in the bedroom, recycling the cardboard tags from new clothes and when clothes are too worn out to be re-used, recycling them as well. In the living room, you can recycle newspapers and magazines. You can see how all this stuff starts to stack up in old rubbish bin, can’t you? As well as encouraging householders to go the extra mile to recycle around the house, Recycle Week is also a great time for organisations working to get their message out to too. In the workplace, why not run an event for staff to increase recycling rates in your office? You could look at focusing on items you don’t currently recycle, like pens, cans, batteries, books, toner cartridges, furniture, IT equipment, mobile phones or
We’re pleased to announce that June 2015 dates have now been released for our National Forum events. Book now to reserve your place. The Forums provide an opportunity for our repair, reuse and recycling organisations to network, get strategic updates from CRNS and engage with a speaker on a topic of interest. Food and refreshments are provided. These events are free for CRNS members. 18th June – Stirling “Celebrating National Bike Week 2015. Scottish Bike Reuse Projects and their contribution to the resource management sector. “ There are a wide range of bike reuse projects in Scotland. Come and listen to and network with them as well as celebrating National Bike Week 2015. 24th June – Glasgow Forum The hosts will be Glasgow The Caring City who will speak on their current and planned activities for reuse and recycling. Places are limited, for more details and to book your place please contact email@example.com today.
Social Media – Getting Started is for people with computer knowledge but are new to social media or those who have just started using it. It has become a vital way of marketing to and interacting with your customers. The session is four hours and will be informal. Our trainer will be drawing on some live examples for demonstration. All participants should feel confident to use Social Media productively once they have finished the course. Course includes: Why use Social Media? Overview of the Platforms Getting Started, including setting them up Measuring your effectiveness Hints and Tips Case Studies The Course will be delivered by Paul Rankin of Luma-IT. Paul has over 24 years of IT experience and has been working on Internet technologies and their delivery since 1999. He is asked regularly by Firstport to deliver their Social Media education speaking to over 200 individuals and businesses throughout Scotland at their Fine Tune Your Social Enterprise Event. Luma-IT is the only IT Company in the country that is a Social Enterprise. They work solely within the 3rd Sector and provide management and support of IT systems to Charities and Social Enterprises. Discount available for CRNS Members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your discount code.
We are proud to support United Nations’ World Environment Day, a day that has been created to encourage awareness and action for the environment. This year the theme is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. And yet, evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide. ‘World environment day aims to raise awareness that human prosperity doesn’t have to cost the earth,’ said Helen Forrest, Head of Marketing at CRNS. ‘Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less – an ethos that is totally embraced within the CRNS membership. Living sustainably encompasses how we shop, eat and travel and World Environment Day asks people to do something positive for the environment. Visiting your local CRNS member for reused, repaired and recycled materials is a great way to start. To find one near you just enter your details on the CRNS website and then pop down to see what they have to offer.’ According to the United Nations, many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption. Consuming with care means living within planetary boundaries to ensure a healthy future where dreams can be realised. For more on WED visit HERE. Everyone can make a difference in caring for the planet on World
The countdown has started for Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June 2015), an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, whilst inspiring others to get involved too. ‘Time to say thank you is the key message for Volunteers’ Week 2015’ said Helen Forrest, Head of Marketing and Fundraising at CRNS. ‘With regard to the CRNS membership we know there are over 3,500 volunteers involved in the reuse, repair and recycling sector, helping to generate a turnover in excess of £24m per year. Volunteers’ Week focuses on championing these volunteers and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and recognise the huge contribution and difference they make to Scottish local communities. From showcasing new campaigns and different volunteering roles to providing taster sessions and team challenges, the Volunteers’ Week aims to inspire more people to donate time to charities and their communities. Who can take part? Everyone can take part in there are various ways you Volunteer’s Week. How you decide to celebrate is up to you. CRNS would of course welcome you as a volunteer and there are plenty of ways to engage with us. CLICK HERE for more information. There are also various ways to fundraise. For example have a party, a barbeque, or a recruitment day. Here are some simple ideas to get you started. Organise a lunchtime car wash at a local supermarket or workplace which has a car park. Hold a ‘skills auction’ with colleagues and friends. Hold a SWISH day in aid of CRNS. Hold an office picnic lunch. You could try selling slices of cake for a donation of £1
The new Spring and Summer edition of our charity magazine, highlighting the work of CRNS and that of our membership, is now available to view online. In this latest edition we highlight our forthcoming CRNS Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015 that will be taking place on Friday 6 November at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Our Spotlight on a CRNS Member focuses on Furniture Plus and the work they do helping people struggling on low income to create comfortable homes. An exciting challenge which CRNS is launching this month is ‘What’s The Next Big Idea’. Aimed at Primary and Secondary schools throughout Scotland, we are challenging students to come with the next big idea that will bring local communities together to challenge or change reuse, repair and/or recycling behaviours. To find out more click on the image to open up our magazine or click here.
International Compost Awareness Week 2015 runs from 4 May to 10 May so why not get inspired to make your own at home. You don’t need to have a big garden…or any garden at all, you can make compost on a small scale and use it on your potted plants and window boxes. To get inspired visit Home Composting who is the organiser of International Compost Awareness Week in the UK. Composting makes the world go round. It recycles the nutrients that make plants (and animals) grow, feeds the bugs that keep the soil healthy and is a sustainable, low-cost way of dealing with ‘rubbish that rots’. And it can be fun too! This years theme is ‘Life inside your compost heap’. A compost heap isn’t just a heap of dead stuff; it is a hotbed of biological activity. One gram of compost can be home to literally millions of microscopic creatures. The compost heap is a bit like a mini-beast nature reserve. CRNS Member Colinton Community Compost believe in the value of reusing natural resources and saving waste wherever possible. The compost they produce is organic by nature and created with a community focus. They’ve been operating as part of Tiphereth Camphill in Edinburgh since 2013, to support Tiphereth’s work with adults with learning disabilities and other support needs. All of their compost is PAS100 Certified and approved by The Soil Association and they believe it’s the best in Edinburgh. From start to finish, they use compost to reach out not only within their own Tiphereth community, but to others in our local area and beyond. Craig McCormack, Sales and Distribution Coordinator at Tiphereth Trading says: ‘Every Tuesday the Pentland Group, part of Tiphereth’s Day Service, collect green garden waste from over