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Edition No. 226

Date:- 07 November 2005

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Green Machine workshop

THERE’S good news for community groups in Sefton planning environmental improvement projects. The Community Foundation for Merseyside is organising an innovative workshop to help local community and voluntary organisations throughout Sefton, including Formby, Bootle, Crosby and Southport develop eco-friendly ideas, plan projects and find out more about the Green Machine campaign and the grants available.

The morning workshop, sponsored by Barclays, will include practical advice on organising and running an environmental project, the Green Machine grants available and applying for the funding. Liverpool CVS, Merseytravel, Groundwork, MET and Barclays will have stalls at the event to offer advice and support. Running from 9.30am until 12.30pm on November 21, the workshop is at Blackburne House, off Hope Street in Liverpool City Centre.

Places are limited and to book a space contact Community Foundation Donor Services Co-ordinator Niki O’Leary. Tel:- 0151 966 3566. E-mail:- niki@cfmerseyside.co.uk. The Green Machine is an environmental campaign developed engage businesses, local organisations and communities to work together and make lasting environmental improvements to local neighbourhoods.

Natural History Museum takes steps to reduce waste this festive season

THE Natural History Museum has decided to send it’s members a Wishawish.com Ecard this Christmas, instead of sending thousands of paper cards. Across the country businesses and institutions are realising that they can save time and money this Christmas, whilst helping the environment. Corporate Ecards are the environmentally friendly answer to the usual Christmas greetings campaigns run by thousands of businesses across the United Kingdom, and a clever way of reducing the extra costs that getting into the festive spirit can incur.

The thousands of cards that businesses send their clients each year require a lot of paper to make, and only very few greetings card manufacturers are using recycled paper for their cards. It would be fair to say that recycled paper is not a big focus in the greetings card industry. The process of making greetings cards can often include further environmentally damaging processes, such as toxic printer inks and fixing agents. And then there is the extra mail weight, adding to the fuel consumption requirements and emissions of those delivering the cards.

Royal Mail delivers around 150 million cards and packets during the pre-Christmas period. It is estimated that up to 1 billion Christmas cards (17 for every man, woman and child) could end up in bins across the UK. (source: Defra)

“The waste created by sending Christmas cards is becoming more and more unacceptable now that there is a viable alternative that will benefit businesses too. Ecards are an interactive greetings card alternative that double as an effective marketing tool” says Nikki Algar from Wishawish.com.

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