Happy 4th Week MCR!
I have a few environment-related events and information for you!
TLDR: Movie Night Wednesday, Bath Bomb Workshop signups, Simon sells Lincoln reusable mugs, the kitchen do great things to minimise food waste and the snowdrops are out in the gardens.
*** MOVIE NIGHT this Wednesday 8pm in the MCR - Before The Flood ***
By request, we are showing Before The Flood, National Geographic's critically acclaimed account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change. It has been described as a 'must watch' and discussion is encouraged. My new oven is supposed to be arriving today, so (fingers crossed) there will be more home baking! We will also be finishing the Zero Waste Challenge here :)
Check out the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UGsRcxaSAI
*** LUSH Bath Bombs Workshop Sunday Week 5 - SIGN UPS OPEN! ***
Sign ups are open for the LUSH Bath Bomb workshop on Sunday at the end of week 5 (18th), 3pm in the MCR. The cost will be £3, so please bring that along on the day. There are about 20 spots, so please sign up, and if there are more than 20 it will be first come. Do something fun and useful, while considering ethical products :) https://goo.gl/forms/ZTLXOqKLh8Ccqe1K2
*** Deep Hall Cups Update ***
The paper cups from Deep Hall (and also all the coffee cups in High Street shops - including Missing Bean) are NOT recyclable - and they cost an extra 20p each on top of the drinks - you can see it on your battels. Every year we throw away 2.5billion of these in the UK. why not buy a Lincoln Take Out Mug from Simon? He sells these for £7.50, and it can go on your kitchen Charge. You could also get a Keep Cup form the Bod or the Missing Bean. The Bod cups let you take hot drinks into many of the libraries, and Missing Bean give you a 10p discount if you bring your own take out cup (the Lincoln one too, not just theirs).
*** Kitchen Food Waste Update ***
I have been chatting with our wonderful Chef Richard about what goes on behind the scenes in the kitchen.
What happens to food waste?
There isn't actually much food waste at all! Waste such as peelings etc. goes down a waste chute into the sewer, with an environmentally safe chemical to make sure it doesn't cause any blockages in the drains. Oil and fat are picked up specially for the same reason. These used to go to local farms for pigswill, but since the swine flu outbreak farms have swapped from wet to dry food, and so the college got rid of the facilities to keep these. The kitchen also recycles packaging with their own recycling bin.
I hope you will be very happy to hear that spare dinners are NOT wasted. Everything not sent out to hall gets labelled with the date it needs to be served by, and gets used at the next lunches: this is why there is usually more than one option at lunch. They can also bereused to make other meals e.g. beef will go into a beef stir fry. Besides being environmentally friendly, this is also economical for the college, and ensures costs are kept down for us.
Where does the kitchen get food from?
Richard likes to support the local farms and businesses when he can e.g. fruit and veg often come from businesses in the Covered Market. The fish come from Grimsby and Cornwall. The chickens are not free range, but all the eggs are, and everything is from very reputable sources, and are not battery farmed. Richard personally visits Peachcroft Farm https://www.facebook.com/peachcroftfarm/ who supply the free range SCR geese for Christmas dinner, (and Hedges in the covered Market). Richard and the staffcare a lot about providing the best quality food they can, and animal welfare is very much on their minds when they consider where to source food.
<-- Peachcroft Farm Turkeys
Feel like you want to show off the new Great Hall, or try out veggie food at other colleges? Join the Veggie Exchange Dinners facebook page and you can do just that! https://www.facebook.com/groups/ouved/
and check out BOSH! for easy and tasty vegan recipe ideas: https://www.facebook.com/bosh.tv/?fref=ts
*** External Notices ***
The Oxford Martin School has a lecture coming up on the theme of 'New frontiers: pushing the boundaries of science and technology’:
1. "Exploring our inner space: discovering the deep sea and assessing human impact" with Prof Alex Rogers, looking at the effect human action is having on our ocean life, on Feb 9th - registration free but required (also on youtube).
For those of you who went to the TSK Swap Shop, do let me know what you thought of it! On Feb 11th there is also the wonderful Lou Lou's Vintage Fair returning to Oxford Town Hall. Entry is about £2, but I they are really good fairs! https://www.facebook.com/events/300303963704531/
Save the date:
Oxford Environment Fair, March 5th https://www.facebook.com/events/1167228123393789/
And also check out:
Oxford Waste Society https://www.facebook.com/OxfordWasteSoc/
Oxford Climate Society https://www.facebook.com/OxfordClimateSoc/
*** Gardens Update ***
Not much to report this week, but have you spotted the flowers starting to bloom?
Here is the Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lincolncollegegardens/?hl=en
*** Are thinking of running for Environment Rep? ***
Do you fancy running #VeggiePledge next Michaelmas? Talking to college about Domestic matters, liaising with the Gardeners and setting agreen example for the MCR? Elections for rep roles will be at the beginning of Trinity, so do come and chat to me to find out what being Environment Rep is really like (and how long I spend writing these emails!)
I will be sending round an Environment Survey soon, asking you what you want to see the Environment rep doing, and what you would like to see happening around college e.g. planting blackberries in Bear Lane, so keep an eye out and get thinking. As always if you have any questions in the meantime, send them my way!
Hope to see you Wednesday for Movie Night, and have a good fourth week!
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