NEWS: Swansea Show powered by biodiesel
I'm really disappointed that I didn't make it to the Greener Homes and Buildings Show last weekend. I was embarrassingly beaten by the weather; whilst my toddler would have loved to roll around in the rain and mud, I couldn't quite face wrestling with my little piglet trying to listen to a seminar on lime plastering. I will have to satisfy myself with researching the exhibitors list from the cosiness of my computer.
Mud however is not going to deter me from the annual Swansea Show this bank holiday weekend (Sunday May 28th to Monday 29th), especially as I can walk to the venue (Singleton Park). As ever I will head straight for the Eco-Zone. My mate Saskia who works for Res-a-Rec (Resettlement and Recycling) will be promoting their charitable work at the show. The scheme collects donated furniture from the local community, restores it where necessary in its workshop, and passes it on to people who are homeless or on very low income to help them set up home. Res-a-Rec will also be telling show goers about a new shop coming soon to Swansea - "Celfi", where Dragon Arts Centre and Res-a-Rec Workshop are going to sell items, many of which will be 100% recycled products.
This year's show looks to be the best yet, not withstanding the fact that it will be powered by biodiesel. According to this month's 'Green Light', the newsletter produced by the Environment Centre, Swansea:-
"Sustainable Swansea Initiative and the Environment Centre have been working with the organisers to find ways of making the Show more sustainable. For the first time there will be green recycling bins for your plastic bottles and cans on-site and traders and caterers are being asked to help by using the specially provided skip for recycling their cardboard. Plus all the electricity on site will be generated using vegetable oil. Locally produced biodiesel from Sundance Renewables will be used in the electricity generators used throughout the show ground. In the show's Eco-zone Swansea Environmental Education Forum has established a successful tradition of combining the arts and the environment to highlight important messages. A fairtrade café and a host of engaging displays, workshops and stalls covering a wide range of environmental and global themes the Eco-zone will be among the Swansea Show's biggest attractions yet again."Sounds impressive doesn't it?