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National Refill Day!

Did you know that this Thursday September 27th is the first ever National Refill Day!

Do you have the bottle to join?

Refill is a free tap water initiative designed to reduce plastic pollution and promote healthy hydration by making refilling a water bottle easy, social and rewarding! Small actions make a world of difference, and the amazing Refill Project is asking people to get involved to help spread the word.  By joining in, you’ll be helping to:

  • Change the narrative – they want to make carrying a reusable bottle the new normal and make sure everyone, everywhere knows how easy it is to find and Refill with free, quality tap water

  • Tackle plastic pollution – Every time you refill and inspire someone to refill you are reducing the amount of plastic that reaches our ocean

  • Make tap water more accessible – the more noise we all make about refilling, the more businesses will hear about it and want to join the 2,000+ Refill Stations already signed up, the more people we get refilling

  • Show you and your organisation care about plastic pollution – use your platform to make a change for good!

 

The more people shouting about Refill London and how easy refilling their reusable bottles with tap water on the go is, the more impact we make in tackling plastic pollution.

So, get involved today!

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Sign up your business

Join over 12,000 responsible businesses that have signed up as Refill Stations across the UK so far!

Sign up to volunteer

There are three ways to get involved from joining an Action Day, to holding your own, to heading out as and when suits you – no help is too little!

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Project Cassava Flour!

On Wednesday 19th September Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency (GCDA) is being featured at the Pod in Market Hall, Borough Market as they become the first UK business to import fully traceable, high quality cassava flour into the UK, in order to help create a sustainable future for female farm workers in West Africa.

Cassava is an edible root commonly grown in the tropics and is naturally gluten free. It can be stored safely in the field and harvested when needed, which means it is grown by a huge number of small farmers across Africa, many of whom are women.

GDCA, along with experts from the Natural Resources Institute at University of Greenwich, hope that by raising awareness of cassava, our purchasing power can help make a real social impact to these women and their surrounding communities.

GCDA has donated several kilos of High Quality Cassava Flour to London food entrepreneurs who have been working on creative ways of using it in their dishes, as well as several Borough Market traders who will be experimenting with this product on the day. There will be baked goods, Indian street food and chocolate to try on the day, as well as small sacks of cassava flour for you to get your hands on. A handful of Borough Market traders will be experimenting with cassava in their dishes and there is also a special one off cookery demonstration running next to the Pod, which will show you just how this new product can be used as a delicious ingredient, inspiring home cooks and chefs alike. Lock Side Kitchen will be cooking Putu Ayu (steamed cassava and coconut cake) and Dadar Gulung (cassava and coconut pancake rolls) while Café Spice will make Onion & Broccoli cassava Bhajias and Spinach & Cassava Dosa stuffed with Paneer and Peppers.

So what are you waiting for? Stop by the Pod in the Market Hall, Borough Market from 11am-3pm and catch the cooking demonstration between 1-2.30pm.

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Urban Food Fortnight is coming!

Get ready to dive into everything good about food in London this Urban Food Fortnight From 20th September to 7th October, Londoners will be treated to the biggest ever menu of good food events, celebrating all that is grown, made, cooked, saved, foraged and – even bigger this year – fermented in the capital.

And you can check it out from the comfort of your phone, as London Food Link have created a brand new interactive Urban Food Fortnight map to make it even easier to explore London’s local larder. This is complemented by its sister Good Food Map, self-titled as the place to find good food places all year round.

Feast your eyes on this…

With over 100 events set to take place across the city, #UFF2018 has something for everyone. Kicking off this year’s 17-day-extravaganza is the Food Talk at Impact Hub Kings Cross focusing on those that make good food in the capital.  Or if you prefer the dining experience, then we have no less than two East London supper clubs taking place on the launch night; The Bear Kitchen has created a communal dining experience mixing Nordic traditions with Asian influences, while over the road at 119 Clapton Road, Eleven98Hackney invites you to enjoy seven courses of Hackney’s finest produce.

We are delighted that dozens of old friends and new have already listed their fantastic events, with firm favourites such as Crayfish Bob’s Crawfish Boil as well as exciting new ideas like Small Beer’s brewery sessions” commented Sarah Williams, part of the London Food Link team at Sustain.

So, if you’d like to be involved, it’s not too late! If you are using local food – either made or grown in Greenwich and are interested in taking part (great exposure!), get in touch with sarah@sustainweb.org or add your event to the map