Trash to Treasure up-cycling event

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Sunday 22nd May 2016

Up-Cycling Workshop All Welcome

Whiting Bay Hall  11 am – 3.30 pm 

Tea & Coffee provided, please bring a packed lunch

Get Creative
Join us for an informal up-cycling day with Eco Savvy
This is a new style skill sharing event, we have many unwanted items in Eco Savvy which we think would be very saleable after an up-cycle.We have members with an amazing variety of skills who are happy to share them.
We have members who would love to try out some new skills but don’t know how to begin.
We have a huge variety of items to up-cycle and everything we could ever need to up-cycle them..

Painting, repairing and re designing unwanted items, Jewellery making, Decopage, Spinning, Card making, Felting, get creative with fabrics & wool and general up-cycling ideas to have fun with.

Love Food Hate Waste

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Whiting Bay Primary Eco Group were some of the first visitors to Eco Savvy’s event, they are a very well informed group of children and spent the time with Eco discussing the importance of

  • buying only the food you need
  • cooking the right size of portions
  • how to use food which could end up being wasted


Wasting this food costs the average Scottish household £460 a year: that’s around £38 a month
The group all considered the money wasted and have lots of ideas of how to spend that amount of money .
Their households will most certainly not be wasting food!
Pupils are seen leaving with recipe ideas and some very useful portion control measures.
More facts about food waste can be seen  here 
Eco Savvy would like to thank you all those who came along and supported this event and special thanks to Bay Kitchen and Stores for such a lovely venue.

Wednesday 11th May

“Love Food Hate Waste” event

Bay Kitchen & Stores, Whiting Bay

Eco Savvy &  N.A.C.  will be in the store from  10.30 am. – 1.30 pm

Call in and share our recipes & tips and try our tasty banana loaf

Support Food Waste Reduction on Arran

The event will be followed by a volunteer get together in COAST all welcome.

Thursday 24th March  Co-Op  Brodick

Eco Savvy &  N.A.C.  will be in the store for a

“Love Food Hate Waste” event

Lynn from NAC is bringing simple quiz style things for you to do and lots of freebies to help you save on food waste.
Eco Savvy has compiled a small questionnaire which links  Love Food Hate Waste with Zero Waste Arran week in September
We have  a tasty snack for you to try and we will be handing out recipes & tips.

Please come along and show your support.




Public Meeting

 Brodick Hall   1.30pm                                          Saturday 27th February

Eco Savvy charity will be presenting our ideas for an exciting new Arran community project.
  • Arran Eco Park & Centre
  • for Leisure, Learning, Health & Recreation
  • supported by a CHP renewable energy project
  • An all ability Centre for the benefit of the Arran community & visitors.
  • A place where new technology & sustainable lifestyles can be embraced. 

We need to be sure of community support to proceed and we invite you to come along to our public meeting where we will deliver a presentation of our ideas,  hold a questions and answers session followed by an opportunity for you to contribute your own ideas and assist with a brief survey.

This would be a very important project for Arran with huge community benefit, so please come along and show your support or just come, find out more and ask questions.


Coastal Erosion Trial

Eco Savvy is supporting  the Whiting Bay Coastal Erosion prevention  Marram Grass trial.

We are asking all residents to join in growing marram grass seeds for a mass planting autumn 2016

This is just a trial, but coast line observations from other villages suggest that marram grass is very effective at strengthening the coast line

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What to do

  1. Cut your milk bottles in half with scissors
  2. Make a drainage hole in the base
  3. Put 1 – 3 stones into the container to add weight
  4. Fill with soil (not compost)
  5. Plant in 3 or 4 seeds of Marram Grass

Allow the seeds to germinate and grow until root bound. (July-August)

Remove the Plastic Milk container and either , reuse  or  recycle

These plugs will then be inserted along the shoreline

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 Marram Grass seeds.

 This trial is instigated by members of

Whiting Bay & Districts Improvements Association  

supported by Arran Eco Savvy

You can collect your own seeds  or Please ask for seeds at Eco Savvy

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Zero Waste Solutions

An Eco Savvy Zero Waste Solution


Outdated Technology is very difficult to sell.

Solutions need to be found for recycling items like cassette recordings and videos

These items cannot be recycled due to a coating on the tape.


  • Remove the Video or Cassette from the plastic case
  • This plastic case can be put into your Blue Bin

The cassette or video must go in the Black Bin

  • But you can do much more with the cases
  • Turn the paper sleeve and add a favourite photograph
  • Add a picture or leave it clear
  • You can now use this case for many things.
  • We chose to use an old calendar with great results

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Send your suggestions for Video cases ideas to Eco Savvy
  • Take a tiny screwdriver
  • Undo the screws and separate the cassettes
  • Now separate the components

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You will have

  • 2 outer black plastic cases
  • 2 plastic spools and tape
  • White and silver risers

We threaded the risers onto a bootlace and made a stylish necklace for our mannequin

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  • What would you do?
  • What can we do with the outer cases?
We can now recycle them

Now to find a use for the tape & spools

We created an art project using the tapes.

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We also knitted some tape.

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Next we had some fun up-cycling an outfit for our mannequin.

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The mannequin’s jacket is embellished with knitted video tape , the skirt and sleeves are made using vintage chair backs.

Please note Video Tape is highly flammable

  • Keep away from naked flames.
  • The best use for knitted tape would be decorative use and for outside use, like a bag.
Did you know If each adult on Arran had just one unwanted video & put it in the black bin, the result would be:
1 ton of waste going to land fill.
That would be 3,333 videos!
Eco Savvy can’t deal with them all!
So please try this simple zero waste challenge

even if you send the tape only to landfill, you will have made a substantial difference.

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Woollen Woods

Highlights from Woollen woods video from Voluntary Arts Scotland


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Eco Savvy  enjoyed  being one of the many Arran groups participating in and putting an Eco Savvy slant to Woollen Woods

Our community shop was a great place to collect unwanted items but very useful for this project.

We used old jumpers and felted them in hot washes

We collected masses of of unwanted knitting needles and wool.

We held skill sharing work shops


Collection of Costume Dolls

Collectible dolls for sale

a very kind lady donated a stunning collection of these collectible dolls, we recently featured them in a window display “One World”

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we are now looking to sell the dolls as individuals or a collection, come over to the community shop to see.Dolls 3 xxxx

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Up-Cycle a Bag for life Competition

The winning entry

from Sherie Walker, Lamlash, Isle of Arran


the demise of the black bin? we hope so.

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Competition opens Monday 17th August 2015

Up-Cycle your bag for life  for    

                  “Zero Waste Arran”

We are looking for original ideas and design

  Competition Details                                                                                                Open to  all Arran Residents
  • Adults
  • Under 16’s over 10
  • Under 10’s

 Entrant Fee £2  this includes your bag cost.                                              Collect your entry form and  plain cotton “bag for life”  from  the        Eco Savvy community shop in Whiting Bay

Up-Cycle your bag for life  for        “Zero Waste Arran”

  • Create original design, using any medium.
  •  Fill in your entry form
  • Pin the form to the top inside of your bag using a safety pin
  • Bring to Whiting Bay Hall for “The Big Feast” 12th September
  • or Hand into Eco Savvy shop between 7th -11th September

Judging takes place at “The Big Feast” at  4pm

A Prizes for each category

Entrants can collect their bags following the prize giving or from Eco Savvy from Monday 14th September

Here are some we up -cycled earlier! but not for a competition.

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