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Festive Opening Times – and Waste Less this Christmas!

REAP would like to wish everyone a great festive season. Our offices in Mid Street will be closed from Thursday 19th December at 3pm until 9.30am on Monday 6th January. To help reduce waste this Xmas, have a look at our fun guide to less waste at this time of year. Best wishes to all!

Save waste at Christmas – All the joy without the guilt!

Did you know that across the UK at this festive time of year:

  • 6 million Christmas trees end up in landfill;
  • 2 million dinners are scraped into the bin;
  • Enough gravy is chucked to fill an Olympic swimming pool;
  • Enough tin foil is used to almost cover Perthshire;
  • 300,00 tonnes of card packaging gets used and often not recycled
  • 9 million slices of turkey (= 263,000 turkeys) get binned.

Wow!! But worry ye not – we can all do our bit for the planet without making it a Scrooge-like Christmas, in fact having more fun and getting creative. Here are some wee ideas that all the family can get stuck into!


  • Keep and use leftovers – turkey samosas, mince pie ice cream or trifle, Christmas dinner pie, Christmas pudding crumble and Brussels sprout soup are just a few of many ideas! Check out these links:
  • Freeze leftovers – gravy into ice cube trays for future stews etc.; you can even freeze cream if you whip it first.
  • Cook less meat and veg but better quality (e.g. organic, local) – you’ll spend the same but get more goodness for you and the planet.
  • Brush don’t peel your veg (lots of nutrients are in the skin) or if you do, make veggie crisps from the peel!
  • Make sure food waste goes in your brown bin so it doesn’t go to landfill ; or better still compost it – contact us for help with this.

Presents and decorations

  • Make presents – show your love by making your own biscuits, jams and chutneys (reusing jars too) or craft There’s loads of recipes and ideas online. The personal touch goes down a storm!
  • Pre-loved presents loads of barely used second-hand gadgets and kitchenware are out there online – save your wallet and
  • Reduce packaging – look for presents with less packaging and with no non-recyclable packaging (e.g. polystyrene inserts)
  • Or buy someone an experience, whether it’s gin tasting, theatre tickets, whale spotting or a massage.
  • Unwanted gifts why not sell or donate something that’s sat unused in your cupboard from last Christmas
  • Wrapping paper – scrunch it and see – if it unfolds when you open your hand it can’t recycled. Avoid glittery and metallic paper
  • DIY wrapping – have fun reusing your favourite magazines and comic books or even funny newspaper Use ribbon or string rather than sticky tape. Reuse gift bags and boxes.
  • Cards – make your own , buy cards made from recycled paper, or send e-cards – especially your own design with a lovely photo
  • Christmas crackers – 40 million get pulled and go straight in the bin, with non-recyclable plastic toys and glittery Do we really need them? Or search for retailers (e.g. John Lewis ) with greener ones.
  • DIY decorations – get creative! Look online for ideas like bunting from old Xmas cards or baubles from old light bulbs, and natural decorations rock! Deck the halls with boughs of holly…and ivy, mistletoe and pine Make a wee tree from twigs and decorate with orange slices. Let your imagination run riot! Check out Pinterest
  • Keep reusing decorations and artificial trees as they can’t be recycled. There are loads of second-hand bargains on eBay etc
  • Recycle – your real Christmas tree (or buy a pot one) and batteries as well as the cans, bottles, wrapping, cards and packaging!

More Ideas!!

www.changeworks.org.uk/news-and-events/blog/kiris-top-tips-for-a-waste-free-christmas www.countryliving.com/uk/homes-interiors/interiors/a1064/ways-to-avoid-waste-this-christmas/ www.countryliving.com/uk/create/craft/how-to/a956/country-inspired-christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas/ www.recyclenow.com/news/2019-10-23-plan-less-wasteful-christmas

GO (even more) GREEN for 2018

For something completely different to the seasonal madness, I hope you enjoy these pictures of 3 of us REAP employees with our Carbon Literacy Certificates. Myself, Barney and Dorothy attended this 2-day intensive course in November in Keith along with 18 other attendees from across the North East, run by the Climate Challenge Fund. The course focused on the realities of climate change, what is happening and why, and how we can take action to help reduce emissions.

All three of us learned a lot, from the trainers but also from our fellow attendees, who included High School 6th year pupils, managers and staff from a variety of Climate Challenge funded projects, energy advisors, recyclers and growers. To gain our certificates, we all pledged to carry out a personal carbon saving action and a community or workplace based one, too.

Our pledges are listed below. One of mine was to advertise what we have pledged as examples to hopefully inspire others – this could be you! So when you are making your New Year resolutions, why not get involved, find out more about climate change and devise your own pledge to go even more green in 2018

Our pledges are:
1.To cut out one journey in and out to work per week, either by electric biking in, or working at home
Carbon saving on 20 miles round trip in car x 45 weeks = 900 miles per year
2.To replace 2 meat-based meals with vegetarian meals to total 4 meals per week for the whole family, using only locally grown vegetables for those meals
Carbon saving on meat and supermarket sourced vegetables (food miles etc)
3.To save more seeds to use in REAP projects and propagate more plants using peat-free soil
Carbon saving on transport and production costs of seeds and saving peat bog habitat for carbon capture
4.To move house to a location where I can use my bike more, saving on local trips to and from town
Carbon saving on car travel 5 miles round trip 2 x per week = 520 miles per year

Best wishes for the New Year from us all at REAP

New report into Therapeutic Gardening in Moray

REAP have just published a new report into therapeutic gardening in Moray, funded by the Moray Integrated Care Fund Small Grants. Looking at research findings from organisations such as Trellis and others, it collates desk top research on the benefits of this type of growing activity, some of the barriers to expansion, and some suggestions for overcoming them, plus the operating framework in Moray. Primary research is presented from work with local organisations and individuals, and highlights case studies and good practice locally, with suggestions for accessing funding to make ideas a reality. 

“We hope this report will give a good start to the many groups we spoke to who are hoping to expand this type of activity in Moray”, said REAP Manager Ann Davidson. “There is no doubt that this is a growing area (excuse the pun!) with many organisations realising the benefits therapeutic gardening can bring to people they work with, and wanting to expand their services. We hope this report will help that process”.

The report can be accessed here