Vision of Save the World Club
Introduction (by way of a slight rant)
It’s a scary world, but on balance, there are amazing things happening and we all seem collectively poised to tip the balance away from the dark side of greed and utter short sightedness, perpetuating a fearsome future of a world choking in its own carbon myopia. Don’t these policy makers realise the consequences of business as usual?
Well, Mr Peace and Love here, is forever the optimist thinking there is an awakening that is moving ahead of the Status Quo to a Global Brain of awareness lurking just out of sight, indicators of which reveal themselves in snippets along the way.
“There are times when we have to rely on our conscious to do the right thing and the environmental consequence of corporate greed needs to be highlighted. When the groundswell becomes large enough the goalposts do get moved but sometimes we need to take actions that aren’t necessarily within the framework of conformity to make this happen. Every individual has a responsibility to ensure an optimal environment for generations to come.”
This, I hope, is our contribution.
Over the last 28 years, Save the World Club has achieved many successes.
The biggest success was the Community Mosaic Department winning Town Awards and engaging hundreds of members of local communities, enhancing the local landscape and reusing ceramic materials.
Recycling and reuse has also played an active and successful role, encouraging a Circular Economy through performance, education, and art since long before the above term was created
Reuse: The reuse of waste is the most desirable option. It is any operation where products or materials that are not waste are used again for the same purpose for which they were intended. Reusing waste often requires collection but relatively little or no processing. It involves checking, cleaning, repairing, and/or refurbishing, entire items or spare parts.
There is a gaping hole in the supply chain for more opportunities for reuse around the commercial sector that we could fill whilst being potentially quite profitable. Win win all around methinks.
The reuse potential of much of Kingston’s commercial and domestic waste is huge and, not only could we exploit this opportunity, but this will be a proven success as a pilot scheme for every Town and City in the UK.
My own daily local collection rescued from landfill far exceeds an amount one person can handle. The main aim of STWC has been mainly to prevent waste
I’m developing, with “Best Before” partners, a system to collect all commercial reusable waste and divert it to areas of hardship around Poland via Caritas http://www.caritas.org/where-we-are/europe/poland/
We have the free premises, Some Polish volunteers to sort the goods and we will be diverting several tons of waste back to reuse, with a guarantee of putting stuff back into the “Circular Economy” This will also generate a modest income.
This meshes in with STWC’s Charity Commission statement:
“ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES, MAINLY BUT NOT EXCLUSIVELY:ART INVOLVING THE LOCAL COMMUNITY USING RECYCLED MATERIALS”
Other potential related projects
- Preparing domestic waste in wealthy communal bin cupboards by separating the recycling and useful goods and chattels. A job they clearly can’t be bothered with.
- Collecting discarded shop stock and redistributing it
- Collecting food waste from supermarkets and redistributing it to homeless projects and our own volunteers
- Collecting discarded goods from stalls after car boot sales.
- Conscious Shopping Week. Taking place around first week of December, highlighting quality, built to last goods and exposing the hidden environmental costs of purchasing (See “Story of Stuff”)
- Upcycle Show. Exhibition focusing on refurbished and creatively reused items.
- RE-engaging with the mosaic operation that runs as an autonomous, self financing offshoot.
Most of the above proposals are already in motion. The operation is self financing and it ticks many boxes including community engagement.
There is the possible support of many Partners available, from the local community reuse organizations to the waste collection contractors as well as the London Re-use Network of whom STWC is already affiliated to.
Once the operation is formally accepted by the trustees and all necessary administration is seen to, the potential for development becomes colossal with funding available from many sources.
Here’s hoping that in the future, the charity regains its high profile and once again leads the sector using innovation and creativity, recognising a gap in the market and that the Trustees come on board this little skiff to help it become an ocean liner!