Don’t throw it out – pass it on
There are so many ways that people can re-use old clothes, furniture, and household items – and just because you don’t want it any more doesn’t mean that someone else won’t.
Sutton Council is helping residents find ways they can re-use household items to benefit the environment & reduce costs. This will help the borough achieve its One Planet Sutton aims of becoming a greener, more sustainable area.
Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environments & Neighbourhoods Committee, said:
“It’s too easy to assume that the only thing to do with our old clothes, furniture and household items is throw them out when they’ve outlived their use to us. But too often we don’t think about whether we can pass them on rather than dispose of them. There are so many ways to save money and help the environment by avoiding needless waste – encouraging people to re-use items is one of our top priorities.”
There are five main reasons to re-use household items rather than dispose of them:
Saving money: Buying second hand is cheaper than buying new – and if you can sell on older unwanted items yourself that’s extra money for the household budget.
Help other people: Donating items for re-use helps other members of the community – give someone else the chance to love the things you don’t need any more.
Help climate change by saving energy: By re-using items we help reduce the amount of energy used to produce and supply products.
Help ourselves by conserving the planet’s resources: Every time new things are made, raw materials are used. Some of these materials will run out at some point and mining, quarrying and logging for them creates air and water pollution around the world. We play a part in reducing this when we choose to re-use rather than buy new.
Reduce waste: Re-using things means we send less of Sutton’s waste to landfill sites. Doesn’t it make sense to not bury things in the ground when somebody else in Sutton or elsewhere could still be using them?
One way to pass on unwanted goods is by using sites such as Freecycle, eBay, or Gumtree, where you can arrange to sell or even gift items rather than dispose of them. Placing an advert in a local classified paper is also a great way of finding people who may want the items you don’t need any more.
Not all items will have a resale value. But that doesn’t mean these items should be disposed of either. There are many charitable organisations who will accept and even collect donations of older clothes or furniture items as well as old CDs, DVDs and books. It’s also possible to donate old computer equipment to some organisations.
Learning some basic maintenance and mending techniques can help you make clothes last longer – it could even be the chance to learn new skills as SCOLA have classes in upholstery, sewing, and jewellery repair. Additionally, many local dry-cleaners will offer repair services at reasonable prices to help keep your clothes looking good for longer.
One Planet Sutton is a vision for Sutton where people lead happy, healthy lives with a fair share of the Earth’s resources. Sutton Council has committed to becoming a One Planet Borough by 2025. The council is working in partnership with a wide range of local voluntary and community groups to deliver this vision under the themes of cutting carbon emissions, cutting waste, valuing our natural environment, supporting healthy communities and supporting the local economy. You can find out more about the One Planet Sutton initiative here.
Visit the Sutton Council website here for more in-depth tips about reusing and recycling clothes, furniture and other household goods. There are also information about local organisation and charities which will accept donations and details of how to get in touch with them.
The British Heart Foundation and Emmaus Homeless Foundation will arrange collection of larger, bulky items in Wallington and Sutton.
Sutton has become the second London borough recognised by Social Enterprise UK as a Social Enterprise Place – one of only fourteen boroughs or town areas nationwide to gain that honour.
Sutton Council, Successful Sutton and Sutton Social Enterprise worked together to bid for recognition from Social Enterprise UK and received confirmation that they had been successful in July 2015.
Social enterprises – valuable organisations which work to tackle social problems and improve people’s life chances or the environment – bring many benefits to their communities which include providing services, investment and support for local people. Social Enterprise Places are areas where social enterprise activity is thriving. These involve local councils, businesses, charities, consumers and budding social entrepreneurs working together to grow their social enterprise communities.
Sutton’s status as a Social Enterprise Place was confirmed with an official launch event attended by local dignitaries in Sutton town centre on Monday 24 August.
Cllr Simon Wales, Sutton Council’s Deputy Leader and social enterprise champion, said:
“The lively social enterprise activity in our borough again shows what a wonderful place Sutton is to live and work. I am delighted that Sutton has received this formal recognition, which will go towards ensuring social enterprises will continue to get the support they need and deserve to thrive now and in the future.”
Sutton Mayor Muhammad Sadiq was present for the event at the Midtown Hub alongside Social Enterprise UK CEO Peter Holbrook and Social Enterprise Sutton Chair Amanda Edge. Also in attendance were a range of Sutton businesses and organisations including Successful Sutton, The Vine Project, Sutton Community Farm, Sutton Voice CIC, Transitions UK, Sutton Sports Village, Sutton College and Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector.
Social Enterprise Sutton was established in 2011 and comprises of a number of local businesses and organisations who seek to identify all social enterprises across Sutton and their support individual needs. The network co-ordinates a steering group which includes the Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector, the London Borough of Sutton, SCOLA and the Sutton Business Chamber.
Amanda Edge, Chair of Social Enterprise Sutton, said:
“This is fantastic achievement for the borough. In developing a Social Enterprise Place here in Sutton we are national pioneers for a sector which is beginning to gain recognition and is poised to take its rightful place as a distinct and recognisable part of the business community. I look forward to taking the initiative and reaching out to social businesses in the borough and welcoming them to Sutton Social Enterprise Place.”
One of the organisations involved in securing Sutton’s bid to become a Social Enterprise Place is Sutton Community Farm. It is a community-owned farm with the purpose of providing access to fresh, sustainable food and advice on healthy eating to Sutton borough residents.
Samuel Smith, Managing Director of Sutton Community Farm, said:
“For us, social enterprise is about doing business with the purpose of creating a more healthy, collaborative and connected community. Social enterprises are not driven solely by profit. We feel that this is more important than ever as our communities face increasing inequality and our planet is under heavy stresses. Social enterprises play a unique and vital role in making the world a better place and therefore we are thrilled that Sutton has been named a Social Enterprise Place.”
Please urge as many people as possible to read this web page/posting and sign the petition:
AN URGENT REQUEST – To all supporters of St Anthony’s Hospital and St Raphael’s Hospice Re: http://sutcliffej.wix.com/save-st-raphaels
You may be aware that there is a proposal from the Daughters of the Cross, which is the parent charity of both St Anthony’s Hospital and St Raphael’s Hospice to sell the hospital to a commercial concern, and separate it from St Raphael’s Hospice. St Anthony’s Hospital supplies all the essential admin and support services to the hospice such as IT, payroll, catering, to name but a few. The combined value of those services is over £1 million a year, for which the hospital has never charged the hospice (being part of the same charity) If the two are separated, St Raphael’s will need to find an extra £1 million a year, just to pay for those existing services.
The local Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam, Mr Paul Burstow, raised the matter in the House of Commons on 16th July. Because the Daughters of the Cross is a Catholic charity, it needs approval from the Vatican to dispose of catholic church assets. If St Anthony’s Hospital is sold commercially, it will also without doubt lose the catholic/Christian ethos that it has had for more than a century, and a sale will put the future of St Raphael’s Hospice into serious jeopardy. Both Mr Burstow and I have asked the Vatican to block the sale of St Anthony’s Hospital, and support the creation of a new Catholic Charity, to take over the running of St Anthony’s Hospital and St Raphael’s Hospice combined, as at present, so that both may continue long into the future. Paul Burstow MP has now established a website with links to two on-line petitions, one he is organising, the other which is on the 10 Downing Street Website asking the Prime Minister for support. The website is http://sutcliffej.wix.com/save-st-raphaels and I would ask you to please visit this, and add your name(s) to BOTH petitions, and to ask your family, friends and neighbours to do likewise.
Please feel free to pass this email on to others who you know, and ask for support. Yours sincerely and thank you. DR RON MCKERAN Chairman, St Raphael’s Hospice Advisory Committee
Are you, or someone you know, tired of looking at the same 4 walls? … and fed up with watching daytime television? Then why not let Age UK Sutton help you to go out and about or meet new friends in a trusted volunteer’s home?
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Would you like to be a volunteer host? Do you want to make a difference to older people? Are you friendly, can commit to a few hours once a week or fortnight? Average expenses to cover food, contribution to electricity/gas approximately £24 a day.
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Carshalton Central ward councillors Jill, Alan and Hamish regularly help out serving on the FOCUS second-hand Bookstall in Sutton High Street quite near Waterstones Bookshop (appropriately enough).
The last bookstall was held on Saturday 25th May 2013. The stall sells fiction and non-fiction books, jams, DVDs, CDs, children’s books etc. Most of the books are very reasonably priced at around 40-50p each, and are in very good condition, so you can get a real bargain!
The next one will be on August Bank Holiday Monday 26th August at the Environmental Fair, Carshalton Park, Ruskin Road, Carshalton.
There will be stalls next in Sutton High Street on Saturday 19th October 2013 and again on Saturday 17th November 2013.
If you have any books going spare please let Hamish know on 020-8647 8202 and he can collect them or please phone Michael Baldwin on 020-8642 1274.
Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington joined charity campaigners to call for an end to converting food crops to fuel for our cars.
ActionAid has collected thousands of petition signatures from around the UK on symbolic ‘grains of wheat’, which were combined to create a ‘field’ of wheat outside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 14 May. Tom Brake MP said:
“Biofuels were introduced in good faith as a ‘renewable’ fuel. However, despite the best of intentions, there is increasing evidence that growing reliance on sustainable liquid fuels drives food prices higher. Growing crops to make fuel instead of food drives up global food prices, hitting those who can least afford it. When 1 in 8 on our planet goes hungry every day, plants should be grown to feed people not fuel cars.”
ActionAid has been campaigning for a ban on food-based biofuels, arguing that their use drives global hunger worldwide. Turning food into fuel reduces the amount available to eat, causing global prices to rise. Policies and targets around the world are encouraging international investors to grab land cheaply in poor countries to create biofuel plantations, meaning people are forced off the land which they rely on for their food, water and livelihoods.
Furthermore, there is growing evidence that certain types of biofuel produce more greenhouse gas emissions than the fossil fuels they were designed to replace. Some scientist warn that biofuels produce more carbon emissions than they save and that increasing their use could actually make the problem of global warming worse.
The call for Food not Fuel is part of the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign, a coalition of over 180 organisations, including Action Aid, Oxfam and Christian Aid, calling for the UK and world leaders to act on hunger.
Find out more by clicking here: http://www.actionaid.org.uk/foodnotfuel
GOLF CHARITY TOURNAMENTat The Oaks Golf & Conference CentreWoodmansterne Road Carshalton Surrey SM5 4ANon Thursday 23 May 2013GolfersThere will be two groups with approximately 20 golfers playing the 18 hole course with a first tee off at 9.00 am and 8 golfers playing the 9 hole course teeing off at 11.00 am.Teams of four will play the 18 hole and individuals the 9 hole. Please aim to be at the Clubhouse at 8.00 am for coffee and bacon rolls.Drinks in the Bar from 1.00 pm to 2 pm. Lunch in the Restaurant at 2.00pm.FeesMinimum Fees of £40.00 per golfer for the 18 hole and £25.00 for the 9 hole. Donations to The Diamond Centre will be greatly appreciated.PrizesThe Diamond Centre Golf Trophy and Prizes will be presented by Donna (the owner of the Oaks Golf & Conference Centre) and Steve Axon, Chairman of The Diamond Centre.This is a Charity Fun Day and following lunch players are invited to visit The Diamond Centre for a brief tour of our arenas and stables with the opportunity to meet some of our riders and staff.We wish to thank the Management and Staff of the Oaks Golf and Conference Centre for their continual support of the Diamond Centre over many years.All communication regarding this event to Steve Axon on 07771 914697 or email@example.comSteve AxonChairman of Trustees, The Diamond Centre for Disabled RidersWoodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4DT