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    Saturday 6 June 2020

    Thought for the Day



    Have you wished that your grey landfill bin didn’t fill up so quickly? Maybe you have seen programmes like "Hugh’s War on Waste”  and have come to realise how non-recyclable plastic is damaging our beautiful planet.  There are solutions and one of the very best is to sequester it …. turning the plastic that lasts too long into building bricks which last and last - great for building blocks.


    Early this year, I discovered Ecobricks and logged on their website “eocbricks.org”. At that time, I sent this article round to people who could be interested in beginning to make ecobricks ….




    I introduced the idea of us beginning to make “ecobricks”. These are a way of filling very clean plastic bottles with washed, dried, chopped up and scrunched up plastic that would otherwise be going to landfill and rubbish dumps (or end up polluting the oceans). Ecobricks are being made all over the world and can be used to build children’s play areas, benches, raised growing beds and even sustainable houses!


    I have signed us up as “South Huddersfield Churches Together” on the website and now I am inviting each of you to join in and stuff your first cleaned bottle with clean plastic until it is heavy enough to be an ecobrick. Here is a link to the instructions:




    Do pass the idea on to other local community groups. It is a good idea to choose one size of bottle. I am using 1 litre in size. It needs to be about 333g in weight when it is finished.  The ratio is 1g for every 3cc, so for example a 600cc bottle needs to weigh 200g.


    Take your time and enjoy it - and just think of the good you are doing to the planet. Each time your bottle is ready, bring it to church! 


    Debby Plummer



    A few months further on, I have a few more observations to make about ecobricks:


    1. Some plastic is too dirty or contaminated to use - be realistic. I probably discard about 20%.

    2. It is inefficient getting out your stuff for a few pieces of plastic. I have a plastic stuffing binge every couple of weeks - and Jeremy joins me, so it’s teamwork! We listen to entertaining radio programmes while we do it.

    3. Have a place to store your clean dry bottles and clean dry plastic where it is out of sight until you use it. And have a place where you can proudly display your full bottles - your Ecobricks!

    4. Hold onto all the Ecobricks until our churches are open again and then we will collect them together.

    5. Encourage your family, friends and neighbours to join us in making Ecobricks


    6. Enjoy your “bricking”!!






    The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close 


    We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. 

    Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed. 

    Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building. 

    Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life. 
    See: theemmanuelteam.org.uk

    The vicar of this church can be 
    contacted in an emergency by telephoning 962184 
    or emailing julie.anderson@leeds.anglican.org

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” 

    To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips.




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