National Pass it on Week is coming - and Bute’s getting in on the action.
The campaign (which runs from March 5-13) encourages keeping things in use for as long as possible by passing on, swapping, sharing or donating things you no longer use.
Pass it on can also involve skills and information sharing, and there are a number of events being held on the island to mark the week. The list is not extensive but includes:
5th March Launch of National Pass it on week at Re-style shop with many items at £10
7th March Launch of all school events
8th March Seed Swapping Bute Produce 2-4pm
9th March Bike Maintenance at the Bike Shed all day
10th March Energy Awareness and Advocacy Evening Bute Advice 5-7
11th March Kilo Day at Re-style Shop (items are priced by £1 per kilo)
12th March Picture and Painting Day in the Re-style shop
Apple Tree Nursery will also be taking part on March 10 with a ‘toy swap’, with North Bute Primary, St Andrew’s Primary, Rothesay Playgroup, and Rothesay Joint Campus swapping items all week long.
Emphasis will also be on raising awareness of the island’s charity shops, encouraging us to think more about donating and passing on rather than throwing away. Donation drives will be held in Cancer Research UK’s shop in Montague Street, Calum’s Cabin in Tower Street, Bute Oasis in Argyle Street, Oxfam in Montague Street, and For Bute in Victoria Street
Zero Waste Scotland chief executive Iain Gulland said: “We’ve had a tremendous response to Pass it On Week across Scotland this year, and it’s great to see so much activity on Bute. Keeping items in use for longer can save money, create job opportunities and make best use of the world’s raw materials that go into making the goods that we consume.
“It’s all about creating a society where we see the value in things instead of treating them as disposable. By sharing, swapping, repairing, buying second-hand and doing all we can to make things last, we can develop a more sustainable, circular economy for a flourishing Scotland.”
There will be events happening in the Vital Spark shop at East Princes Street, and also Calico Moon, with many other organisations and shops locally getting in on the action.
Achievement Bute is holding an upcycling day during the school holidays on April 13, and would ask that if anyone is interesting in participating to please get in touch.
If you would like to attend one of the events please just turn up on the day or for more information about the national campaign, head to Recycle for Scotland.