Reducing Summer Barbecue Food Waste

With the August bank holiday approaching, the barbecues are being fired back up (and hopefully the good weather returns!). But it’s easy to get overzealous with the food at barbecues and parties, so here are a few tips for reducing summer barbecue food waste.   As much as possible, keep food inside – or better […]

What’s the deal with plastic?

From carrier bags to water bottles to straws, we’re constantly being told to cut back on our plastic usage. Plastic, once heralded for its inexpensiveness and versatility, is now public enemy number one when it comes to eco-friendliness. It’s found in so many different things – from packaging, to clothing, to things you don’t even think […]

Action21’s Emporium is Open!

On a sunny Saturday the 14th, Action21’s Emporium, selling vintage goods, opened its doors for the first time. Emporium provides a curated selection of vintage and collectable items, generously donated by the local community and saved from the dreaded fate of landfill. Stock will be rotated regularly, with a selection of furniture, trinkets, crockery, clothing and […]

On Your Bike: Benefits of Cycling

It’s becoming increasingly apparent just how bad our driving habits are for the environment. It seems emissions are in the news every week, with neither diesel nor petrol cars safe from criticism. And rightly so – did you know that Leamington Spa is one of the worst places for air pollution in the UK? It […]

Reducing the environmental impact of your wardrobe

When we think of things that are damaging the environment, our minds immediately tend to go to things like cars, fossil fuels, and plastic waste. But did you know that fashion is one of the most polluting industries? The rise of fast fashion means that clothes are cheaper now than ever before, and we’re buying […]

Have You Heard About Oxford?…

News in relation to climate change is often directing our attention to the negative effects that our species as a whole is inflicting upon our environment; and never has this more so been the case than in the ‘Trump era’ that we currently find ourselves in. However, although it can sometimes seem that there is […]

Reducing your personal carbon footprint has never been more important…

Climate change has finally thawed the Arctic enough for a £230million gas tanker to travel at record speed through the northern sea route, without the need for an icebreaker escort, for the first time. The Christophe de Margerie ship carried a cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong in South […]

The Blog Is Back: An Overdue Update!

A very, very long time ago a blog post was written outlining an impending relocation of the Re-Useful Centre, from Ramsey Road to its current location on Court Street. On Sunday 21st December 2014, final goodbyes were made and the doors of the old centre were shut for the last time. Under a still shaky economic […]

The Re-Useful Centre has a new home!

Action 21’s Re-Useful Centre will shut its doors for the last time at Ramsey Road at 4.00pm Sunday 21st December 2014. It will be re-locating and opening at 10.00am on Tuesday 6th January 2015 at Unit 3, Milverton House, Court Street Leamington Spa CV31 2BB. The new premises will provide the organisation with both security […]

How Do Food Banks Work?

Did you know there are more than 400 food banks across the country? How do they work and could you help your local food bank? The recent recession and economic crisis has seen a huge increase in the number of people who visit food banks in order to get food that ordinarily they may not […]

Mend, Make and Modify Fun!

Have you ever wanted to get creative by sewing, knitting or crocheting? Maybe you want to modify the appearance of old clothing? This image shows what we got up to at the last Mend, Make and Modify session on 16th August with the help of our fabulous Skill Sharers!     Our next Mend, Make […]

How to Save Water in the Home

Here are some useful household tips that will help you to save water and make your home more water efficient!   Bathroom It may sound like an obvious thing but just turning off the tap whilst you’re cleaning your teeth can save as much as 6 litres of water a minute. That’s an incredible amount […]

Grow Your Own Salad Vegetables

Turn your garden into a mini allotment when you start to grow your own salad vegetables. Here’s the lowdown on what to grow and when.   Tomatoes Plant two tomato seeds into a small garden pot around 2-3 weeks after the last frost of the year. It’s important to pot two seeds just in case […]

Peace Festival Fun!

The Peace Festival, which took place at Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens on the 14th and 15th June 2014 was a resounding success, and lots of fun was had by all!   If you missed Action 21 at the event here are some shots showing what we got up to (some of which you can see […]

5 Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Are you looking for ways to cut the cost of energy bills in your home? Read on for 5 simple steps that you can take which can help to save you money!   1. Reduce heating costs A really effective way of saving money on your heating bills can be to turn the thermostat in […]

Volunteering in Retirement – the story from Pippa and Wilf

By volunteer blogger Amy Cooke Data from the Royal Volunteering Service shows that over 25% of post-state pension age people reported that they were involved in voluntary work. [1]  I spoke to Pippa and Wilf, two volunteers at Action 21, to find out the benefits that volunteering can provide for those who are retired. Pippa […]

Jungle Club Easter fun

  Take a look at these pics from our Easter Holiday Jungle Club on 22nd April. A good time was had by all!   Photos by Action 21 volunteer photographer Gill Allcock.

The Hunt Continues….Update on Action 21’s Search for New Premises

  Since our last news a month ago we’ve been busy searching for new premises for the Re-Useful Centre.   We’ve viewed a number of local properties and have a much clearer idea of availability, costs and size – and we’re thinking creatively about the type of premises that the Re-Useful Centre could occupy. Many […]

Launch of Mend, Make & Modify group

Both wine and creative juices flowed at the launch of this new Skill Share project! We were inundated with visitors and an enjoyable and productive time was had by all. Huge thanks to all who came, and especially to volunteers Jodie, Gillian, Rosalie and Elaine for helping facilitate the day.   This group is free […]

Call for help to find Action 21 new premises

  Action 21 is looking to find new premises in the light of the news that part of Sydenham Industrial Estate – the local sustainability charity’s current location – is being strongly considered for housing development.   Action 21 has operated at Ramsey Road since 2009, when a local property owner assisted the local sustainability […]

Sustainability in the News: Sustainable Fashion

With the award season in full swing and the Oscars airing this Sunday, this is one of the high points in the fashion calendar. But is there room for sustainability in the fashion industry? Sustainable fashion, a branch of ethical fashion, is more than donations to charitable causes but a commitment to using environmentally-friendly materials […]

Pruning Workshop was a cut above the rest!

  On the 25th of January, in partnership with Canalside Community Food, around 20 people came down to our fruit tree pruning workshop. The aim of the event was to learn about pruning young pear and apple trees to develop their shape and growth, as well as investigating instances of tree disease. The project was […]

Volunteering helps Natalia move on up in the world

  Once a month here on the Action 21 blog we’re going to showcase the story of one of our past or present volunteers, to illustrate both the amazing work they do for us and the benefits that volunteering has for the individual. We hope that these stories will highlight the myriad reasons people volunteer […]

Five Easy Ways to Live More Sustainably

Happy New Year from everyone here at Action 21! We’ve had the most amazing 2013 but this is the season, inevitably, to look forward into the future. With that in mind, we want to start 2014 off by listing the top five simple ways you can live more sustainably in the New Year.     […]