CleanConscience for Christmas!

At the Eco Action Hub we sell products from CleanConscience, and they are the perfect gift for Christmas! We have luxury brands such as the White Company and Elemis!

How are CleanConscience reducing waste?

CleanConscience works alongside hotels and toiletry manufacturers to ensure that the maximum amount of partially used hotel soap and toiletries are recoveredre-purposed and redistributed for the benefit of those most in need of hygiene.

Large re-fill containers are made up of partly used bottles and tubes that are kept separate in batches of the same brand and sorted into type – shampoo, body wash, conditioner and body lotion.

Full or almost full bottles are sanitised by our regular volunteers, ready for placement into CareKit™ toiletry packs.

By buying CleanConscience products from the Hub, you are getting someone a great gift, as well as supporting an amazing initiative!

Find out more about the incredible efforts of CleanConscience on their website: https://www.cleanconscience.org.uk/

THIS WEEK: Repair Cafe – Saturday 9th December

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Last time this year: Maidenhead’s successful Repair Café gives people’s broken or worn-out possessions a new lease of life! See people like yourself rebuilding, repairing and recycling things that might otherwise be thrown away. Open again in our ECO-Action Hub.

Please register here if you wish to bring something for repair to reserve your time-slot: Or feel free to email the Repair Café team on repair.maidenhead@gmail.com.

We open from 10:00 to 15:00. Repair skills available at this next event include:
– small electrical items (excludes microwaves and large items)
– laptops/computers, phone repairs (except screen repairs)
– IT assistance(e.g. anti-virus, software updates)
– glass repairs, book binding, fixing picture frames
– basic woodwork, small furniture items
– sewing and mending, textiles repairs

We aim to fix anything, our volunteers love to solve problems!

Look out for our future dates in 2024!

Sustainability is for everyone: Parisa’s Journey …

This is Parisa Wright’s TEDTalk last month. She’s talking about her journey to a more sustainable lifestyle and what she is now doing to help her family & her community.

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Living Sustainably: Her story and the journey she has been on is so well described and emotionally powerful. She talks about how living sustainably to benefit her community and her children is all about saving money.

Please watch: Sustainability is for everyone | Parisa Wright | TEDxBeckenham – YouTube

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LAST CALL: Question Time “All About Heat Pumps”: 2nd December 2023

Thinking about getting a heat pump? Got lots of questions? Need to talk to an expert?

  • Do they make economic & environmental sense?
  • How can you get the best deal and outcome?
  • What’s best and are they the right thing for you?

Hear from our experts who have the answers, practical experiences, and have ‘lived’ with them? Put your questions to our specialist panel chaired by Peter Gibbs (From BBC R4 Gardeners’ Question Time and our local ‘Weather Man’). Find out if heat-pumps will work for you.

From 11:00 too 12:30 Saturday 2nd December.

To ask a question, book on Eventbrite: click here (Batch 2)

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“Chris Packham: Is It Time To Break The Law?”

REVIEW BY ANDREW INGRAM

The recent illegal tactics adopted by Just Stop Oil and other such groups have split public opinion and sent news media like the Daily Mail into a proper ragin’ fury. Continual photos of long traffic queues on the M25 were accompanied by stories of key workers such as nurses who were unable to get to hospitals, relatives who could not attend funerals etc.

There is no doubt these activities caught the public’s notice, but left many feeling alienated from the cause because of the seeming unfairness of the results.

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Intelligently, Chris Packham does not start by taking sides in the debate. He just asks the question: in the ever-worsening environmental crisis is it time to go beyond lawful protest into civil disobedience and illegal activities?

The resulting programme is more of a think-piece than a documentary. If the legal and governmental structures we have are proving unresponsive to the climate crisis, there is a case to consider more direct action. As we know, it can work (suffragettes) but it doesn’t always (anti-abortion protests in US).

Tragically, Packham partly blames himself for the current situation: as a high profile conservationist and spokesperson on environmental issues, he has failed to bring about the changes needed.

One of the most anguished parts of the programme is Chris Packham talking about his intense disappointment when attending COP 26 in Glasgow – the only truly global mechanism for dealing with these challenges. There, despite consistent and alarming evidence about the climate emergency, decisions were ducked, agreements were botched and national financial interest constantly put ahead of global responsibility – encouraged by the highly-paid and persuasive voices in the fossil fuel lobby. So we wait and watch to see what comes out of COP 27.

We rate this programme very highly and encourage you watch it if you haven’t already (link here). Not everyone liked it, with the Daily Mail reporting “Suella Braverman slams Chris Packham”. Well, that’s that sorted out then.

Repair Cafe – Saturday 9th December

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Last time this year: Maidenhead’s successful Repair Café gives people’s broken or worn-out possessions a new lease of life! See people like yourself rebuilding, repairing and recycling things that might otherwise be thrown away. Open again in our ECO-Action Hub.

Please register here if you wish to bring something for repair to reserve your time-slot: Or feel free to email the Repair Café team on repair.maidenhead@gmail.com.

We open from 10:00 to 15:00. Repair skills available at this next event include:
– small electrical items (excludes microwaves and large items)
– laptops/computers, phone repairs (except screen repairs)
– IT assistance(e.g. anti-virus, software updates)
– glass repairs, book binding, fixing picture frames
– basic woodwork, small furniture items
– sewing and mending, textiles repairs

We aim to fix anything, our volunteers love to solve problems!

Look out for our future dates in 2024!

MORE TICKETS: Question Time “All About Heat Pumps”: 2nd December 2023

Thinking about getting a heat pump? Got lots of questions? Need to talk to an expert? We’ve just released more tickets s this event is proving very popular. What question will you ask?

  • Do they make economic & environmental sense?
  • How can you get the best deal and outcome?
  • What’s best and are they the right thing for you?

Hear from our experts who have the answers, practical experiences, and have ‘lived’ with them? Put your questions to our specialist panel chaired by Peter Gibbs (From BBC R4 Gardeners’ Question Time and our local ‘Weather Man’). Find out if heat-pumps will work for you.

From 11:00 too 12:30 Saturday 2nd December.

To ask a question, book on Eventbrite: click here (Batch 2)

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Build your own NestBox!

Join us in the ECO Action Hub from 10:00 – 12:00 on 16th December 2023

  • A drop in session to help you build your own nest box and take home for your garden!
  • No prior knowledge of building boxes or of using the right tools is required
  • Bisham Nest Box Group will bring all equipment and tools you need to build nest boxes.

From Bisham Nest Box Group: We are a small, not-for-profit volunteer group making nest boxes for garden birds, owls, raptors, swifts, hedgehogs, bats and bees. We just ask for a donation to cover the cost of the materials. Bisham Nest Box Group

In the ECO Action Hub from 10:00 to 12:00 Saturday 16th December. Drop in!

“Stitch It – Don’t Ditch It!”

11:00 to 14:00 Saturday 25th November.

Drop in and get stitching: Save your old clothes, Refresh your wardrobe, Get stitching!

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  • A drop in session to help you bring new life to items that would otherwise have been binned. No prior knowledge of sewing or using a sewing machine is necessary.
  • Advice, materials and sewing machines will be available for you to make a start on a project. You can also bring your own ideas and projects.

Upstairs at the ECO Action Hub: no experience, expertise or equipment required. Drop in and get stitching!

Repair Cafe – Open Saturday 11th November

Here again: Maidenhead’s successful Repair Café gives people’s broken or worn-out possessions a new lease of life! See people like yourself rebuilding, repairing and recycling things that might otherwise be thrown away. Opening again in our ECO-Action Hub.

Please register here if you wish to bring something for repair to reserve your time-slot: Or feel free to email the Repair Café team on repair.maidenhead@gmail.com.

We open from 10:00 to 15:00. Repair skills available at this next event include:
– small electrical items (excludes microwaves and large items)
– laptops/computers, phone repairs (except screen repairs)
– IT assistance(e.g. anti-virus, software updates)
– glass repairs, book binding, fixing picture frames
– basic woodwork, small furniture items
– sewing and mending, textiles repairs

We aim to fix anything, our volunteers love to solve problems!

We have published our future dates which also include:
– Saturday 9th December