An Eco Church

 

An Eco Congregation and a Fairtrade Church!

Congratulations – you’re now part of an Eco–Congregation!  In November 2012 our excellent work was recognised as we were awarded the right to be the 248th Eco Congregation in England and Wales – and one of only 2 in Solihull!  Recycling, reducing our energy use, honouring God for His creation, encouraging good stewardship of that great gift to us, reaching out to those whose lives are severely affected by climate change…. these are all the practical things that have been recognised in this award.  See ecocongregation.org for further information.

This Eco Congregation adds to our Fairtrade Church status (held since 2006), which means we aim to

·      Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which we have responsibility

·      Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit

·      Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible

Look out in the News section for forthcoming events, and the opportunity to order Traidcraft goods.

Ideas and help are always welcome. Contact us via the Parish Office.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Carol Linfield, Sue Partridge, and Christian Hughes - the Eco Group

An Eco Tip: Why not use products that are Local, Organic, Animal Friendly and Fair Trade? Go on, use your LOAF!

 

BATTERIES-There is now a permanent Recycling box in Sainsbury’s at Dorridge for batteries. Also inside the Co-operative shop at Bentley Heath. So please no more batteries in the Church Recycling Boxes thank you.

What can I recycle at church?
Light bulbs are taken to council recycling centres to save you the petrol

Spectacles are collected by local Opticians. They are taken apart and bits of Gold, Silver and other metals are extracted and sold. Lenses are ground > to produce a raw glass product that can be made into new glasses. Revenue from this is used to ensure a steady supply of new lenses and frames to the developing world.

Mobile phones & Ink cartridges are recycled in aid of The Red Cross-look for separate box on top of main Recycling box.

Used stamps - collected to raise funds for a local hospital-Place in the ‘Post Box’ also on the top of Recycling box.

Greetings cards are remade & sold in aid of Goodwill Villages in India.

Asthma inhalers - recycled by local Chemists to protect the environment

Where can I Recycle these items?
The Recycling boxes are in the corner of the Link, next to the bookshelf. There is also a small box in the Porch at St James.

Thank You to everyone who takes the trouble to Recycle-every little helps!

… if you know of any other small items we could recycle to help charities do let us know via the Parish Office