BOOMERANG BAGS OFF TO FLYING START

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BOOMERANG BAGS OFF TO FLYING START
9th May, 2017

Boomerang Bags Blue Mountains have got off to a flying start with working/sewing bees in Katoomba, Springwood and Hazelbrook over the last month. This fabulous community initiative aims to reduce plastic bag use by creating a stock of fabric bags that can be borrowed and returned to bag stations across the Blue Mountains.

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UPCOMING SLOW FOOD EVENTS
9th May, 2017

Slow Food Blue Mountains has some exciting events coming up over the next couple of months, including an interactive art installation for Winter Magic.

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WHERE DOES YOUR GREEN WASTE GO?
15th March, 2017

Council green bin and green waste truck dumping its load

Did you know that our green waste is trucked out west of the mountains to be processed?

We asked Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) to explain the process and rationale for our green waste processing, and Co-op member and internationally renowned permaculture guru Rowe Morrow to share her thoughts about the approach and its long term impact.

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HOW TO COMPOST WEEDS BY LYNDAL SULLIVAN
15th March, 2017

None of your weeds need to go to landfill or be removed from your garden for processing. They can all be composted, including seeds and tubers (except Montbretia corms*). This hot composting method will compost down your weeds in about 3 months.

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THE ANCIENT ART OF CLOTHES SWAPPING
22nd September, 2013

For some people a change of season is a good time to clear out the wardrobe of all the things they don’t wear, that don’t fit or just plain don’t suit them. As the saying goes ‘one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure’, and what better way to share the treasure, save the planet and have an excuse for a tea party than to organise a clothes swap? Get together with a few of your friends or acquaintances that you suspect might have amazing hand-me-downs and let the swapping begin!

For me, swapping clothes for the past eight years or so has created opportunities to connect with a circle of cherished friends, meeting new ones as the circle grows, and a time for sharing or storytelling. Our clothes have stories, some more than we wish: the jumper your grandmother made you but you never wore, the shirt from an ex-lover you can’t bear to wear again, the dress you can’t believe you ever wore. As our clothes move on, these stories move with them and take on a new life.

Clothes Swapping Guidelines (optional – this is how we do it!)

Around ten people are invited to the swap. The venue can be swapped between homes to share it around. An invitation goes out and the date and time are booked in. We allow around three hours for the swap (time for lots of tea, chat and food). Once an invitation is received we reply and then gather the clothes we wish to swap. Naturally we all bring along a plate of food to share! After about half an hour chat time we sit in a circle with our bags of clothes to swap. One person shows their wares at a time. At this point people can express interest in the items – if only one person wants item they get it! If more than one person wants the item it goes in the ‘fight pile.’ If no one wants the item it goes in a bag for charity or is saved for a future swap. Once everyone has swapped their stuff we move on to the fight pile. This is the time when we pull out our ‘blue steel’ (for those familiar with the film Zoolander), strut our best poses and facial expressions to win the desired item. Don’t forget to help the host to clean up! Then just enjoy seeing your friends wearing all your old clothes and looking fabulous!

AMANDA QUINN

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS RENEWABE ENERGY CO-OPERATIVE.
2nd August, 2013

The long awaited official launch of the Blue Mountains Renewable Energy Co-operative is finally upon us.

So mark Saturday 10th August 2-4pm in your calendar, and head to Lawson Public School Hall to join in the information forum and discussion – chaired by local resident & retired Federal Court judge, Mr Murray Wilcox, a long time advocate on environmental & social justice issues.

Members of BMRenew will give examples of community-owned renewable energy projects in Australia and overseas, explain the environmental, economic & social benefits of generating local renewable energy and outline progress on technology investigations and project planning to date.
A special guest speaker from a similar energy co-operative will share their
community’s experience of building resilience through local renewable
energy projects.

All Blue Mountains residents and businesses will be invited to register their interest in BMRenew’s proposals for local SOLAR PV projects.

Please RSVP by Thurs 8 August to info@bmrenew.org or
phone  0418 292 672 .
Afternoon tea will be provided.

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