Archive for June, 2011

Use less packaging – grab a refill at Beanbag

June 26th, 2011

Recycling is brilliant, right? Separating the recyclables from the rest of the household rubbish is usually the first baby step towards living a greener lifestyle. But it’s easy to forget that even recycling isn’t the perfect solution. It’s a massive improvement on throwing things into landfill, but it still uses energy and resources.

So what’s better than recycling? Reusing. Sadly, there’s a limit to how much you can reuse the empty containers of most household items, since most companies don’t offer a refill service for their products.

Picture of the Ecover refill point

The in-store refill point

Ecover is the exception. It has a scheme whereby its eco-friendly cleaning products can be refilled at various points around the country. And the good news for us is that there’s now a refill point in Witney.

Just take your empty containers of washing-up liquid, laundry detergent and fabric softener to Beanbag Natural Health on Wesley Walk. The staff will be very happy to do it for you, or you can do it yourself if you prefer. Ecover estimate that you can refill the same container up to 50 times before it becomes unusable.

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a discount for buying Ecover products in this way. Refilling a 1-litre container of washing-up liquid cost me £2.25. At the time of writing, that’s exactly the same price as a new bottle would cost you in Waitrose or Tesco.

TGiF – Glastonbury Or Bust

June 24th, 2011

Bike Week Quiz

June 22nd, 2011

For those that didn’t make it along last night to quaff the fairtrade wine and hear “The Big Idea”, here’s a simple cycling quiz.

Match the pictures to the following descriptions and win a free bus ticket for the next Sustainable Pub Crawl:

  1. Bicycle User – Member of WitneyBUG, requires little or no special equipment, dresses for the destination rather than the journey, generally seen riding across town in journey times of ten minutes or less, doesn’t require a shower on arrival.
  2. Tourer – Member of CTC Witney (cycle group not camping shop), enjoys half day and whole day rides, occasionally goes on trips that last several days, dresses for a long day in the saddle on a cycle that remains comfortable over several hours, always showers at the end of the day if amongst friends.
  3. Racer – Member of Oxonian CC, rarely seen smiling, thoroughly depilated, generally rides fixed distances of 10, 25, 50 or 100 miles, usually unable to converse between start and finish points.
  4. Mountain Biker – Member of Witney Mountain Bike Club, usually seen off-road when outside the town limits, bikes normally have front suspension, sometimes fully suspended, both cycle and rider require a shower after a ride.

An Introduction to MTB – Windrush Pub

June 22nd, 2011

Sample a taste of off-road riding with Witney Mountain Bike Club this Thursday 23th June.

Starting from the Windrush Pub on the Burford Road at 7pm.

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Midweek Velo – Corn Street

June 20th, 2011

A steady cycle ride starting from Velo Specialist Bicycles on Corn Street this Wednesday 22nd June at 6:30pm

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Did we mention it’s Bike Week?

June 20th, 2011

2010 Bike Ride from Jared Foster on Vimeo.

Mayor launches Bike Week & new Map

June 18th, 2011

Witney Mountain Bike Club, CTC Witney and the town’s Bicycle User Group gathered on Church Green this morning for the first day of Bike Week.

With a little help from Tiffany Hickman, Mayor and WitneyBUG member Harry Eaglestone officially opened Bike Week and celebrated the release of the new Green Travel Map.

26 riders including 6 year olds Tiffany and James O’Brian cycled to Aston Pottery for elevenses. According to Lewis Cox’s cycle computer the round trip measured 16.91 miles, lasted 2h09m and burnt 230 calories.

Bike Week lasts, err, all week, is free, is almost always accompanied by cake and can be attempted by anyone with a bike. Remember? It’s as easy as riding a bike.

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What’s The Big Idea? – Corn Exchange

June 17th, 2011

Tuesday 21st June at 7:30pm in the Gallery Room of the Corn Exchange.

A presentation this Tuesday at 7:30pm in the Gallery Room of the Corn Exchange by WitneyBUG on cycling in Witney and a discussion about one change that would make it safer to walk and cycle.

Whichever major scheme is chosen to reduce pollution and congestion in the centre of Witney, how can the best outcome be assured for its residents?

Refreshments provided by Sustainable Witney and Living Streets.

TGiF – Be Good To Each Other

June 17th, 2011

Sunday Ride

June 16th, 2011

Join CTC Witney for a Sunday morning run out to a cafe and back.

Meeting at the Buttercross, Market Square and leaving at 9:30am this Sunday.

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A Potter to the Pottery

June 15th, 2011

The Mayor opens Bike Week this Saturday at 10am on Church Green and announces the release of the Green Travel Map.

Join WitneyBUG, Witney Mountain Bike Club and CTC Witney for a gentle ride over to Aston Pottery for Tea and Cakes.

Bike Week

June 13th, 2011

TGiF – Ooh La La!

June 10th, 2011

La Rochelle – Ville Cyclable/Cycling City from Copenhagenize on Vimeo.

What’s the Big Idea?

June 7th, 2011

Adopt a 20mph speed limit in residential areas – Danny Dorling from What One Change on Vimeo.

TGiF – It Really Is A Wonderful World

June 3rd, 2011

TFL – Cycling – Beth from Drumphd on Vimeo.