Category: Resources

Refill Campaign – find water on the go

Refill Campaign - find water on the go - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group

Refill is an award-winning campaign designed to help you reduce your plastic pollution, by making it easy to refill your reusable water bottle instead of buying a plastic one.

With the Refill app, it’s easy for you to find your nearest Refill Station on the go! Their aim is to have a Refill Station on every high street and through social change, they hope to make it the norm to carry a reusable bottle, so you’ll never have to buy a plastic bottle again.

Locally, Shipley Country Park is a registered Refill station and the park appears on their app! You can refill your bottles with free tap water while the toilets are open.

Refill list the following 5 reasons to join the Refill Revolution.

1. Prevent plastic pollution at source

If everyone in the UK refilled just once a week, we’d prevent more than 340 million plastic bottles at source every year. 

2. Save Money

Refilling your reusable bottle is an easy way to save money, because bottled water costs between 500-1000 times more than water from the tap! 

3. Help combat climate change

It’s been estimated that plastic production and the incineration of plastic waste give rise globally to approximately 400 million tonnes of CO2 a year with bottled water being 900 times more carbon intensive than drinking tap water.  

It takes over 8 litres of water to produce a single bottle, making it an incredibly inefficient use of resources, and that’s even before we’ve thought about flying it halfway across the world! 

4. Water quality

In the UK, we’re lucky to have some of the highest quality drinking water in the world.

However, many people still drink bottled water because they believe it not only tastes better but is better and safer than tap water. In reality, tap water is often more tightly regulated.

Shockingly, a recent global study of bottled water brands found tiny plastic particles (microplastics) in over 90 per cent of samples. 

5. Protect the environment

An appalling 700,000 plastic bottles are littered every single day in the UK. Many of these are making their way into our oceans. Plastic bottles now make up one-third of all plastic pollution in the sea and there are now over 159 plastic bottles for every mile of beach in the UK.  

The impact on our wildlife is becoming catastrophic – 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic pollution annually. 

You can find out more about the Refill campaign here where you can also subscribe to their latest news and events and download the app.

Categories: Local Resources

Tasty Tomato Pizza Recipe

Tasty Tomato Pizza Recipe - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group
Tasty Tomato Pizza Recipe - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group

Tasty Tomato Pizza

A super simple and fun Pizza to make with kids. This is an excellent recipe to get creative with, you can simply add different vegetables, herbs and seasoning.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 250 g Pizza dough
  • 200 g Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato puree
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Sliced tomatoes
  • 1/2 handful Basil leaves
  • 1/2 handful Rocket leaves
  • 50 g Cheddar cheese or mozzarella
  • Flour

Instructions
 

  • Harvest your tomatoes, spinach and basil
  • Lightly grease baking tray with vegetable oil
  • Grate the cheese or slice the mozzarella thinly
  • Mash the chopped tomatoes and mix in the tomato puree to thicken the mixture
  • Slice the tomatoes
  • Pre-heat oven to 200C/180C fan, gas mark 6
  • Sprinkle a spoonful of flour onto the work surface
  • Roll the pizza dough to the required size and depth
  • Place onto baking tray
  • Spread the tomato mixture evenly over the pizza base
  • Evenly spread the cheese on the pizza
  • Add sliced tomatoes (and any other toppings you are using)
  • Leave for 10 minutes for the dough to continue rising
  • Place in the oven at 180 degrees for 15 minutes until golden
  • Remove from oven and top with the basil and rocket leaves

Notes

  • You can add any other toppings.  If you have peppers, courgettes, onions ready for harvesting, these will taste amazing added to the pizza, just remember to thinly slice them and add at the same stage as the sliced tomatoes. 
  • You can also use ready made pizza bases if you would rather not use pizza dough.
  • For a plant based option, simply swap out the cheese and add more vegetables! 
Keyword Little Cooks
Categories: Recipes

Raspberry and Coconut Ice Pop Recipe

Raspberry and Coconut Ice Pop Recipe - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group
Raspberry and Coconut Ice Pop Recipe - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group

Raspberry and Coconut Ice Pop

These raspberry and coconut ice pops are perfect for summer and great fun for the kids to make.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Snack
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 395 ml Coconut milk (you can use light or full fat)
  • 2 tbsp Sugar (you can use honey, agave, maple or stevia) The sugar helps with the freezing process
  • 142 g Raspberries You could also use Strawberries
  • 8 Ice pop sleeves or molds to pour the raspberry liquid in but if you don’t have any of those, use empty yogurt containers

Instructions
 

  • Harvest your raspberries (or strawberries)
  • Puree the fruit until smooth using a food processor or hand blender and set aside
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the coconut milk and sugar until smooth
  • In your mold or container, fill ⅓ way with your raspberry puree, then add the coconut milk mixture all the way to the top. You can get creative here and add a swirl for a ripple effect
  • Cover mold, add sticks and freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight
  • TIP: Run the molds under warm water to loosen up the ice pops when ready to eat

Notes

Fresh or frozen fruit can be used, just make sure to defrost the fruit before using. 
 
Keyword Little Cooks, Plant based
Categories: Recipes

Fruit Crumble

Fruit Crumble - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group
Fruit Crumble - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group

Fruit Crumble

This is so quick and easy to make and cooked in a microwave, making it ideal for the little ones to have a go with!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • For the Filling
  • 1 Cooking apple
  • 1 cup Optional Berries e.g raspberries / blackberries
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • For the Crumble
  • 2 tbsp Butter / Margarine
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 heaped tbsp Plain flour
  • 4 tbsp Oats

Instructions
 

  • Chop the apple into small pieces (no need to peel unless you want to)
  • Put the apple into a microwavable pot and add the berries if using
  • Add a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of water
  • Cover with a microwavable cover and cook for 1 minute
  • Now for the Crumble
  • Put the sugar, flour and oats into a bowl and rub in the butter / margarine
  • Sprinkle the crumble over the fruit
  • Cook in the microwave for 2 minutes

Notes

You can easily adapt this recipe just by adding different berries.
Plant based option if use appropriate margarine. 
 
Keyword Little Cooks, Plant based
Categories: Recipes

Mini Vegetable Quiches

Mini Vegetable Quiches - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group
Mini Vegetable Quiches - SEAG - Shipley Eco-Action Group

Mini Vegetable Quiches

This is an easy, fun recipe to do, allowing the kids to get the rolling pin out!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 6 Mini quiches

Ingredients
  

  • For the flan
  • 100 g Plain flour
  • 50 g Margarine
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • For the filling
  • 1 Egg
  • 150 ml Milk
  • 25 g Cheese
  • Your choice of tomato/mushroom/broccoli/peas
  • Note: You will need a greased muffin tin and a large pastry cutter

Instructions
 

  • Finely chop tomato/mushroom/broccoli
  • Grate the cheese
  • Preheat oven to 190C, 170C for fan ovens or gas mark 5
  • Tip the flour into a large bowl
  • Cut the margarine into small pieces and add to the flour
  • Rub in the butter / margarine with your fingertips. Do this as lightly as possible
  • When the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, add water – one spoonful at a time – to make the pastry. Try not to handle it too much
  • Grease the bun tins with oil using a pastry brush
  • Roll the pastry to about ½ cm thick
  • Use large cutters to cut out circles – about six
  • Put the circles into the tins. Pierce the pastry cases a few times with a fork
  • Measure out the milk in a jug
  • Add the egg into the milk and whisk with a fork
  • Put a small amount of filling in each case, including the cheese
  • Pour the egg and milk mixture into the cases, filling as much as possible but avoiding the risk of spilling over
  • Pop in the oven for 15 – 20 mins
Keyword Little Cooks
Categories: Recipes
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