Monday, 13 April 2015

Vote For Policies - Reminder!

Some very useful and still-relevant links in last year's post - see which parties most closely match your beliefs.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Crimson Rhino

If you live in or visit Aberystwyth then make sure you visit Crimson Rhino! A totally vegetarian cafe, with all sorts of lovely food, ciabattas, smoothies, coffee, herbal teas, and chocolate. Open every day, at convenient times, making it easy to visit. Please support independent businesses. :-)

4 Northgate Street, Aberystwyth

Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
Sun 12pm-4pm

Monday, 30 March 2015

52kg Of Rubbish

Aberystwyth Beach Buddies cleared 52 kg of rubbish and plastic pollution from Clarach Beach yesterday. Really well done to the volunteers for doing such good work, they deserve the greatest respect. It would be nice if Ceredigion County Council cleared the beaches rather than wasting money, but until that miraculous day we should all chip in and help out where we can.

Aberystwyth Beach Buddies were also recently featured on Aberystwyth Voice, congratulations to them!

The Aberystwyth Beach Buddy schedule of upcoming cleans (check their page for updates):

  • April 18th - Tan y Bwlch, 10am, Marine Conservation Society BeachWatch survey clean
  • April 25th - Beach Bach, 3pm, Marine Conservation Society BeachWatch survey clean
  • May 9th - North Beach, 2pm
  • May 23rd - South Beach, 2.30pm
  • June 7th - Clarach Bay, 2pm
  • June 20th - North Beach, 1.30pm

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Cattle Disease Creation

(Graph by Team Badger)

From the Save Me organisation (appropriate considering Wales grants permission for intensive dairy farms):
"Thousands of cattle are being needlessly slaughtered each year, at a cost of £1 billion to taxpayers, because they are infected with bTB.
Well, that’s not true either. Every year the UK’s farming industry sends 350,000 cattle for premature slaughter, most of which are suffering from illnesses that are easily treatable and preventable. Only 25,000 of these, or one in 14, are suffering from bTB. Intensive dairy farming, in which cows never graze in the fields, has not surprisingly, resulted in an increase in mastitis and lameness. Cows’ hooves, like those of horses, are unsuited to harsh concrete; and even lame cows that are unable to move, are often milked lying on their sides for the sake of profit. Dairy farming has changed beyond all recognition, and is now a highly intensive industry. Given that cows are held in crowded sheds where they suffer from severe stress, it is little wonder that bTB is prevalent. Cows now produce ten times more milk as nature intended, and are often milked for more than 6 hours a day. Inbreeding is used to increase productivity, and when their yield falls they’re needlessly slaughtered. It’s astonishing that anyone can regard today’s farming practices as humane."

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Good Packaging

Now and again we look at packaging, and whether it is recyclable or not. As before, we selected a sample of companies and looked at their products, then asked them for more information if their labelling was unclear, or they weren't using recyclable materials.

Recyclable is good; biodegradable (as long as it is clearly labelled) is even better.

This is a good company - after eating one of their tasty products I spotted this on the back:

Fully compostable bags: great! So many companies make excuses and try to claim that even recyclable isn't possible for their packaging - companies like Inspiral really show them up, and prove that it is possible to put the environment first.

Seed and Bean
The Seed and Bean Company have been featured before, but any company that puts such care into its packaging deserves regular praise:

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Slice up the green areas

Death by a thousand cuts. Always going on in little ways: green areas cut across, cut into; roads and paths widened. We got a few emails about Ceredigion County Council doing it again this week, and saw this letter published in the Cambrian News:
"I hate seeing trees cut and green areas lost so was annoyed to see Ceredigion Council workers digging up green areas near Ysgol Gymraeg. They cut down at least one healthy tree (and then removed the stump/evidence), got rid of the grass and snowdrops and bushes, all apparently to widen one of the FOUR parallel pavements in that area, and to add another unnecessary path cutting across the green area. How come the Council can waste our money for vandalism like that? And they say there’s no money for litter collecting and keeping schools open? It’d be nice if they knocked down their eyesore offices and put a nice park there instead. Scratch that – knowing the council it would become another supermarket."