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New research shows Swansea cares most in Wales about recycling and loose leaf tea

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Swansea cares most in Wales about recycling and loose leaf tea: but cares the least about reusable coffee cups and zero-waste shopping a new study by The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company reveals.

  • Newport crowned the ‘greenest’ tea and coffee consumers in Wales: Swansea came second, and Cardiff came third
  • Quick and easy caffeine: Newport residents were the second least likely to search for ‘coffee beans’ on Google, after Sale, Greater Manchester.
  • Cardiff cares most in Wales about reusable coffee cups: but cares the least about loose-leaf or plastic-free Tea

Recently, the UK government announced it would not participate in the Single-use plastic (SUP) European directive, which has banned the use of plastic cups and lids.

It’s estimated that the UK contributes around 52,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from single use hot-drinks cups, but how clued up are we in the UK when it comes to the environmental impact of their favourite brews? 

Kent Tea and Coffee evaluated the habits of over 100 UK cities using Google search volumes and survey data to find out.  

This is how the largest Welsh cities ranked: 

  1. Newport (91st in the UK)
  2. Swansea (93rd in the UK)
  3. Cardiff (99th in the UK)

You can find the results for each of the 7-factors here.

They also cross referenced this with how much Brits claimed to care about their caffeine carbon footprint according to a survey they conducted in February 2021. The Welsh ranked 7th out of  the 12 UK regions when it came to considering ‘sustainability’ when shopping for coffee. 

The Top 10

But what about the rest of the UK? 

In third position — particularly thanks to a high volume of searches for ‘reusable coffee cups’ and ‘loose leaf tea’ — is Bath.

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In second place, searching most in the country for ‘reusable coffee cups’ and third most for ‘loose leaf tea’ and ‘coffee beans’, is neighbour Bristol.

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The Bottom 10

But which towns and cities fared the worst in this index? The third least conscientious city is Stoke on Trent, which should come as no surprise to its residents, who were the least likely to rank ‘sustainability’ as important when buying their coffee in the UK in the company’s 2021 survey.

A stone’s-throw from Bedford, Luton is the second least caffeine conscious city in the UK. Particularly, Lutonians don’t spend much time searching for ‘reusable coffee cups’ or ‘loose leaf tea’ when it comes to their brews.

But one place ranked significantly below all others: Bradford. Particularly, Bradford had the lowest volume of searches least for ‘loose leaf tea’

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Eco warriors, or eco fakers?

By comparing the search volume data to a study conducted in February 2021, there is also a big disparity between which Brits claim to shop sustainably for their tea and coffee, and those who actually do.

The Northern Irish were the most likely to claim they shopped for their tea and coffee sustainably, and yet overall, the top ranking Northern Irish town Derry landed in 21st position. The East Midlands and Scotland were the next likely regions to say they prioritised sustainability when shopping, and yet neither region managed to place any city in the top ten.

The most honest region was the West Midlands. According to our recent survey, people here were the least likely to claim they shop sustainably and this was corroborated by their search volumes.  Stoke-on-Trent and Coventry, which are both in the region, ranked fourth and fifth least likely to be googling about these issues.

The place which downplayed their efforts the most was the North West of England. Although the region was the 4th least likely to rank sustainability as an important factor, the region scored two cities in the top ten —  Chester and Stockport.

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Which Brits take their teas and coffee most seriously?

Research has found that just one tea-bag can release up to 11.6 billion microplastics, and that around 56 billion coffee pods are dumped every year. Switching to refillable products — like coffee beans or loose leaf tea — is one way to minimise unnecessary waste.

As mentioned previously, the people who are third most likely to google for ‘coffee beans’ or ‘loose leaf tea’ live in the same place: Bristol. 

Cambridge residents were the second most likely to search for ‘loose leaf tea’. Those in Bedford were the second most likely to search for ‘coffee beans’, which makes sense when you consider that around 30% of the population have Italian heritage.

But the city searching for ‘loose leaf tea’ more than anyone else is Stockport, which ranked 8th overall for caffeine conscious consumption. Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire had the highest search volumes for coffee beans in the UK.

The towns where convenient caffeine reigns supreme are Sale, Newport and Raleigh (who search the least for ‘coffee beans’) and Bradford, Luton and Milton Keynes (who search the least for ‘loose leaf tea’).

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Residents encouraged to have say on Teifi Valley flooding schemes

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Consultation on flood prevention schemes by Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion councils in the Teifi Valley has been extended to August 31 to give more residents an opportunity to have their say.

Face-to-face events in Llandysul and Llynybydder have been added to the previous online only consultation.

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Residents can visit the powerhouse in Llandysul on Wednesday 24 August between 10am and 1pm, or between 3pm and 6pm. There’s also an event at Llanybydder RFC on Thursday 25 August between 10am and 1pm, and also between 3pm and 6pm.

Officers from Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion County Councils and Natural Resources Wales will be in attendance to answer any queries along with a representative from the consultants appointed by both authorities.

The council’s say that all partners involved want to understand the impact that flooding has on communities, how the flooding happens and to assess different flood measures that will reduce the impact during increasingly stormy weather in the future.

People will be able to submit feedback in person by writing their comments down and putting them in the box located at the venues. This will be in addition to the comments and suggestions submitted during the online consultation process.

The councils say that feedback from the consultation and these events will feed into the next stage of work and form part of any decision making that Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government will undertake to design and implement any flood risk reduction scheme.

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Carmarthenshire County Council’s  Cabinet Member for Transport, Waste and Infrastructure Services Cllr Edward Thomas said: “We want as much feedback as possible from residents so that together we can look further into the options available to us to manage flood risk in these communities. The drop-in events will provide an opportunity for residents to speak to officers about the different options available and the next steps.”

Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Environmental Services and Carbon Management Keith Henson said: “We encourage the residents of Llandysul, Pont-Tyweli and Llanybydder to have their say in this consultation, either by attending the in-person events at the said locations or by visiting the online link on the council’s website. The responses from this consultation will enable us and our partners to explore what options we have to manage flood risk in the Teifi Valley.”

Lead image: Humphrey Bolton / Geograph)

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Swansea University named one of country’s best green spaces

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The spectacular and diverse grounds of Swansea University’s two campuses have once again been judged among the best green spaces in Wales.

The University is celebrating after being awarded a Green Flag, the international mark of a quality park or green space and recognises excellent visitor facilities, high environmental standards, and a commitment to delivering great quality green space.

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It has also retained its Green Heritage Site Accreditation which it gained for the first time last year. This special award, endorsed by Cadw, recognises sites that are both historically significant and meet Green Flag criteria.

Grounds manager Paul Edwards paid tribute to his teams’ efforts at both University campuses: “We are immensely proud to have retained both the Green Flag and Heritage Award status. Our sites offer very different challenges and rewards and it is through the hard work and dedication of the team that both are to the highest standards for the enjoyment of our students, staff and visitors.

“The grounds team’s in-depth knowledge ensures that the historic nature of the Singleton site and the beachside setting of the Bay Campus will continue to be preserved and enhanced for future generations.”

Swansea University received a Green Flag Award for its two campuses

Swansea University Registrar and Chief Operating Officer Niamh Lamond said: “We are extremely pleased to have retained the Green Flag Award for five consecutive years. This recognises the hard work and commitment of our outstanding grounds’ team in developing and managing our green spaces in a sustainable manner, whilst appreciating the historic and scientific nature of these spaces.

“Our grounds and gardens are important to the wellbeing of our staff, students and local communities and valued immensely by the University.”

This year the University is among 265 green spaces – ranging from formal gardens and parks to allotments and churchyards – across the country have received the prestigious Green Flag Award and Green Flag Community Award.

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The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, with support from Welsh Government. Each site was visited by expert judges who looked at criteria including biodiversity, cleanliness, environmental management, and community involvement.

Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said: “Our local green spaces have a vital role to play in connecting us to nature. These awards go to prove that Wales’ parks and similar areas are doing a wonderful job in providing quality places to relax and enjoy.”

Lucy Prisk, Green Flag Coordinator at Keep Wales Tidy said: “With more visitors than ever enjoying our green spaces, I’d like to congratulate the hard work of staff and volunteers who have maintained excellent standards at these sites.”

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Carmarthenshire council opens ‘Re-use village’ in Nantycaws

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Carmarthenshire County Council and CWM Environmental Ltd have officially opened Canolfan Eto, a brand-new re-use village in Nantycaws which the council says aims to help close the loop on waste in the county and give a new lease of life to unwanted items.

Canolfan Eto offers a sustainable shopping experience to customers looking to purchase a wide range of items including furniture, bicycles, paint, gardening items and much more.

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An education centre will soon host sessions for school pupils covering a range of environmental topics including; the importance of recycling, what happens to waste at recycling centres, how pollinators help us and how to support a circular economy in Carmarthenshire.

Cllr Aled Vaughan Owen, Cabinet Member for climate change, decarbonisation and sustainability said: “The opening of Canolfan Eto in Nantycaws marks an exciting step in the expansion of the Eto project as well as the growth of sustainability in Carmarthenshire.”

“With an on-site repair workshop to transform donations, the project looks to repair and re-use items to keep them in use for as long as possible.”

Cllr Edward Thomas, Cabinet Member for transport, waste and infrastructure services said: “Canolfan Eto will provide opportunities for residents and visitors to purchase a wide range of donated items that have been repaired and re-used by the project; helping to reduce the number of items that enter into the waste stream.”

The Eto project also includes a shop located in Stepney Street, Llanelli town centre which opened in 2021.

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Donation stations are available at all of Carmarthenshire’s household waste recycling centres, where residents can donate items to the project.

The council says that Eto means ‘again’ and symbolises its ambition of a circular economy. It adds that Canolfan Eto will encourage visitors to purchase and donate previously used items rather than buying new whenever possible. The council say that the project will also help to achieve Carmarthenshire’s ambition of delivering a circular economy throughout the county as well as becoming a leader in recycling and re-use within Wales.

A circular economy focuses on eliminating waste by cutting down on throw away consumption and turning materials that would have previously been disposed of into a valuable resource. 

This project has been funded through Welsh Government’s Circular Economy fund. 

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