Mermaids: Mylor & Flushing WI Keep It Green

Hannah Pearce of un-rap, with members of Mermaids: Mylor & Flushing WI

Mermaids: Mylor and Flushing WI are continuing their green momentum after their success in the Allsop Cup competition. Members took part in the Greenpeace Big Plastic Count and are now collecting used pill packets to take for recycling.

At their June meeting, they welcomed Hannah Pearce from Falmouth’s Zero Waste store, un-rap. This is Falmouth’s plastic free shop supplying basic groceries and whole foods in paper bags (dispensed into any sort of your own reusable containers), toiletries and sustainable lifestyle products. The shop even has a peanut butter machine. Any quantity of refill products can be bought, appealing to limited budgets and those living alone. Hannah is passionate about her mission to reduce plastic use and live sustainably and gave up her teaching career after a ‘light bulb moment’ whilst on a trek along Spain’s Camino de Santiago, opening the shop in 2018. During her trek she raised money for Surfers against Sewage, having already seen evidence of plastic pollution on her travels to Australia and Indonesia. She brought along some sample products and inspired the WI members to continue to increase their efforts to live an environmentally sustainable life.

Members were also delighted when Mermaids: Mylor & Flushing WI member Jean Cowell, who celebrates her 90th birthday this month, was asked to plant a crab apple tree on behalf of the Mermaids on Mylor Playing Fields as a contribution to the Queen’s Green Canopy. During the celebration day, the group ran a popular tombola raising over £300 towards the Mermaids’ fund for defibrillators in the village schools. Jean was presented with a patio rose and an illustrated tote bag.

Mermaid Jean Cowell planting the Jubilee tree

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