About

SUSTAINABLE RUISLIP

Who we are and what we stand for:

We are ‘Sustainable Ruislip’ a group of 7 passionate women on a mission to support the community and beyond with eco-friendly projects.

We currently have two projects running: PLASTIC FREE RUISLIP – working with local businesses, so Ruislip can become an accredited plastic free town by ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ (a politically powerful organisation)

THE DUCK POND COLLECTIVE – We are collaborating with Duck Pond Market traders and others, to provide a space to bring ‘local, ethical and sustainable‘ products to our high street.
We’re encouraging people to join us, and to get involved! The Duck Pond Collective Pop Up ShopBetween now and the end of May ’19 our pop up shop will be open.

We want you to help us decide how to spend the shop’s profits, recycling them to benefit our community. Some ideas are: water fountains for refillable bottles and recycling bins for plastic. We’d love to hear your ideas to encourage sustainability and a plastic free environment.

The shop is part of a trial run by London Borough of Hillingdon, who are investigating the viability of opening closed shops to help re-generate our high streets and benefit local communities.

What else is on offer?

We will also be offering workshops, and a bookable, community space for local groups.

Our workshops will include:·

Local scouts building rafts from plastic bottles·

Knitting/crochet/sewing workshops/surgeries·

Wax wrap making·

Art and creative writing workshops

So, pop in to our pop up shop for a browse, a friendly chat, a cup of tea. AND – give us your 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?

Good question!

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.

These are:
 Plastic Cutlery
 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:

https://www.vegware.com/
http://www.packagingenvironmental.co.uk/
https://www.londonbiopackaging.com/

‘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.