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"God's glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon"

Psalm 19:1

Why do we have an ECO
GROUP?

We see the world around us as an expression of God's incredible creative genius.  It's here to declare the glory of God (you can read more in Psalm 19), and one of the roles we have as the human race is to do a good job of looking after the world. 

Our Eco Group is here to help us with this.  The group meets regularly to explore ways to reduce our negative impacts on the environment, and to do a good job of looking after the world.   

MAKING AN IMPACT

The King's Eco Group (formerly known as Ecobricks) is a group of people who meet regularly with the aims of helping us as a community to look for ways to reduce our impact on the environment and do a good job of looking after the world. One way we can do this is to be aware of how much plastic we use, as this causes a real problem to our environment in terms of wasted resources, use of hydrocarbons, energy requirements for recycling and damage to our surroundings.

 

Sometimes we may need to be more aware of the impact we have, and often just small changes in our choices can make a really positive difference.  We're keen to explore the options and encourage ourselves and others to make good choices wherever possible.

Whether you can do a little, or a lot, you're welcome to join us and partisipate in the adventure of exploring ways to have a positive benefit.

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WHEN DO WE MEET?

The Group usually meets on Saturday morning’s between 11am and 1pm in the Living Room at the King's Church Centre next to the Café.  We spend our time together working on projects, discussing recycling opportunities, and exploring positive ways that we can encourage active partisipation in being good stewards of our environment.  We also enjoy hot drinks and cake supplied by the cafe

Group History

2019

Ecobricks is born

The Group started back in 2019 in response to the amount of plastic being thrown in the bin. The Ecobrick project was seen as a way of diverting plastic out of the waste stream. The principle of packing plastic bottles and using those bottles in various projects. The bottles were used to create a bench seat, two raised bed wall and children’s stools. This has reused over 200kg of soft and hard plastic which would otherwise ended up in landfill.

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A bench seat made out of recycled plastic EcoBricks

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A raised bed, made from recycled plastic and natural materials (cob, straw, lime)

2024

Eco Group formed with wider remit

By 2024 many more opportunities for plastic recycling have become available e.g. soft plastic returns to supermarkets and swapping of plastic packaging for more sustainable types, have drastically reduced the plastic available for Ecobrick projects.
The focus of the group is moving from stuffing bottles to supporting sustainable activity around the King’s Church environment and seeking out recycling opportunities.

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Current projects

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COMPLETING ECOBRICKS PROJECTS

02

WORKING TOWARDS
ECO CHURCH BRONZE AWARD

Find out more here

03

MAKING BIRD BOXES,
BUG HOTELS AND OTHER WILDLIFE HABITATS

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RECYCLING RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATION

RECYCLING OPPORTUNITIES

We recently partisipated in the Big Plastic Count, which helped us to realise across our community that we generate a suprising amount of plastic waste, which has a negative impact on our environment especially if it is sent to land-fill (via our green wheelie bins).  To help inspire our community to engage with recycling, we've put together a summary of various collection points for different items.  

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Hard plastic

This is currently challenging to recycle in Southampton.  Portsmouth is leading the way, with a number of street locations dotted around the city, like these listed here.  

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Recycling Cartons and Metal

Cartons, mixed glass, aluminium, clothes and shoes can be recycled at the Willis Avenue Car park, North Baddesley.  

Soft Plastic recycling

The major supermarkets have really improved their recycling schemes and now recycle a lot of different materials, including soft plastics.  

A list of materials you can bring to local supermarkets for recycling is given below.

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