Who we are and what we stand for:
The original ‘Sustainable Ruislip’ group, started by 7 passionate women, has evolved. There’s now 10 of us, both men and women, all equally passionate, as well as our wonderful local supporters. Our mission is the same: to support our local community and beyond with eco-friendly projects, sustainability and a plastic-free environment.
Following the success of our shop on Ruislip High Street (a trial run by London Borough of Hillingdon to encourage local re-generation) which sadly closed at the end of May 2019, we have become ‘Sustainable Hub’. We are now, officially, a Social Enterprise (a not for profit organisation). The name was chosen so we can create links outside Ruislip, whilst maintaining a strong local focus, and share our successes with groups in other parts of the UK.
We want to build on the success of the shop and our collaboration with the Duck Pond Market traders with their interesting, local, ethical and sustainable ethos. We want to continue working with local businesses so Ruislip can become an accredited plastic-free town by Surfers Against Sewage. We want to re-create the successes of our community events and workshops.
We still want people to join us; to get involved. Not least, we need you to help us decide how to spend the shop’s profits within the community on sustainable and plastic-free projects. Ideas include water fountains for refillable bottles and recycling bins for plastic. We’d love to hear from you with your ideas and proposals.
Earlier in 2019 we started a Crowdfunder with the intention of opening another shop. This idea is currently on hold as we take time to plan it as a longterm project. Thank you to those who contributed – please be reassured we haven’t forgotten.
Sustainable Ruislip can now be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as @subhubruislip
Our Facebook and Twitter pages are new, and we welcome your continued support and feedback.
Working to reduce single use plastic in Ruislip
‘Plastic Free Ruislip’ aims to help local independent businesses and the community to reduce the amount of single use plastic being used locally.
It’s never too late to do our bit to limit the damage that plastic is doing to the environment.
Currently 8 MILLION pieces of single use plastic find their way into the water courses around the globe EVERY DAY.
Here’s where you come in….Reducing our use of single use plastic will have a HUGE positive effect on the planet.
Refuse that water bottle or straw – it’s as simple as that!
We all need clean seas, we all need clean air; just because we don’t live near the beach doesn’t mean we’re not affected by plastic pollution.
Microplastics are in our rivers, canals, lakes and reservoirs; it is in our food and even in our water.
Go to www.sas.org.uk for more shocking statistics
What can Ruislip businesses do to help save the planet?
Globally 5 to 13 million tonnes of plastics end up in our oceans, canals, lakes and rivers every year and it’s impossible to ignore the effects of single use plastic pollution on our environment, wildlife and health.
Blue Planet II on the BBC, the call for a deposit return system and the so-called ‘latte levy’ being recently debated in the Parliament has raised
awareness of the UK’s 25-year environmental plan, with a firm focus on tackling plastic waste.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is determined to reduce the use of single-use packaging across London – right now.
There’s tons we can do together locally to support these initiatives. ‘Plastic Free Ruislip’, a community group supported by the charity ‘Surfers Against Sewage’, is here to help you help the planet and take a step towards
becoming plastic free.
In Ruislip we’d like to see a reduction in single-use plastic such as
water bottles, plastic spoons and straws.
We are hoping to become amongst the first ‘Plastic Free’ communities in London.
Five single-use plastic items have been identified by ‘Surfers Against Sewage’
as easy to avoid, reduce the provision of,
or even eradicate across businesses large and small.
Plastic Straws and Stirrers
Single Serve Condiments
Soft Drink Bottles
Coffee Cups (including lids)
‘Plastic Free Ruislip’ are encouraging local business owners to ‘swap out’ three single-use plastic items and replace them with sustainable alternatives, which will slow the tide of plastic that is choking our water courses, reduce the effects of micro-plastics on our health and SAVE YOU MONEY!
Below is a list of companies who offer sustainable alternatives that don’t cost the Earth:
‘Surfers Against Sewage’ has created a number of Plastic Free projects to bring together communities, schools and businesses.
If we all take part we can create positive long lasting change to benefit everyone.
Please get in touch for more information or if you require any help in making changes.