A New Message from Eco Savvy

enews 24/08/20: #vanlife film & campervans on Arran

  1. Savvy Film Club (online & FREE!)
  2. Have your say on campers/motorhome visitors to Arran
  3. Upcoming events
  4. Soap Making Workshop (free)
  5. Black Lives & Climate Justice Workshop (08/09)
  6. Win an ebike

Savvy Film Club (online & FREE!):

It’s nearly Tuesday again and tomorrow we will be screening a roughly one hour long documentary about “vanlife”.

Following the film we also invite everyone to have a wee chat on facebook as usual. However, this week we will be joined in the discussion by Cameron from Visit Arran who will be looking to hear your views on motorhomes and campers to the island. We expect some interesting debate this week!

If you wish to just watch the films and not participate in the chat, that is totally fine (no pressure!) but we would love to hear your thoughts and comments afterwards.

About the film:

“13 vanlifers from all over the world share their experiences in this documentary. Visuals that stretch from Italy, France, Morocco and Canada (and many other countries) carry their stories along.

The feeling of freedom, personal growth, happiness and celebration of choices – even the negative moments – shine throughout. The sense of community is tangible.”

What is “vanlife”?On a simple level, van life is an alternative lifestyle adopted by many people who pursue a basic lifestyle, while being able to travel with freedom.

Vanlife has been a growing phenomenon over the years both as a means of travel, but also as a lifestyle choice due to the escalating cost of living inevitably squeezing people’s pockets and affecting their mental health.

However, the perception of vanlife has been increasingly questioned in recent years. The popularity of the hashtag “#vanlife” on social media has been criticised for glamorising the lifestyle in an unrealistic and inauthentic way, where the challenges of life in a transient, confined space are largely ignored or downplayed. You can read more about the movement in this article.

Prior to the screening we will send you a link to enable you to watch the film for free, along with simple instructions on how to take part in the online chat.

If you would like to join please email ruth.ecosavvy@gmail.com rather than clicking “going” on the post. Due to ongoing hair tearing facebook antics we will no longer be using their booking/invite system.We really hope that you will join us to watch “Vanlifers” and we think this documentary touches on a lot of good topics for discussion 🙂 


Have your say on campers/motorhome visitors:

Visit Arran are looking to find out Arran resident’s opinions on campervans and motorhomes on the island. It would be great if as many of us as possible could fill in this survey on how we feel – good, bad or indifferent – about camper and motorhome tourism to Arran.


Upcoming events:


Soap Making Workshop:

Learn how to make your own bars of soap with Rosheen of Lawson’s Soaps, on Friday 28th Aug @ 11am.

Please email val.ecosavvy@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining us for this event.

The workshop will be delivered on Zoom – if you’ve not used Zoom before, please don’t worry! Val will send you out easy instructions, and is happy to talk through it before the event too.


Black Lives & Climate Justice Workshop:

On Tuesday 8th September our friends over at Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) will be holding this interactive workshop and therefore we will be taking a break from our usual Tuesday night Savvy Film Club.

About the workshop:

“Join Geoff Palmer to reflect on how structural racism impacts not just people of colour but also all of us in a country dominated by a continuing colonialism – benefiting from extraction of resources from the Majority World to maintain our profligate lifestyles.

An interactive workshop on intersectional dimensions of race and climate justice 6pm-8pm Tuesday 8 September.

Sir Geoff Palmer DSc OBE is Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council’s Honorary President – Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot Watt University and human rights activist.”

This workshop is free (optional donation) but ticketed and therefore we strongly recommend registering in advance in order to reserve your spot. 


Win an ebike:

The lovely folks at Home Energy Scotland/Energy Saving Trust have a belter of a competition going where you can win an ebike!

All you have to do is answer four easy questions and you could win a £2,300 voucher towards a new ebike and accessories. There’s also two runners up prizes of £150 vouchers towards active travel accessories!