Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and enjoyed some time away from the chaos of Cambridge!

Getting back into the swing of all things GREEN, I’d like to introduce you to our new waste provider and system of recycling here in Robinson College. Our new contractor, Ellgia, will be in college on the 25th of January to showcase their side of the bargain as Robinson moves forward to generate 0% landfill waste (exciting!!!).

To help with this new system, the Red Brick cafe is soon going to be selling Robinson’s own Keep Cups, so look out for those this term, and save yourself an extra 20p per drink! Please do go take your own mug or cup to the cafe and you’ll still get 20p off your drink. 

Alongside this, there are some really exiting things coming up this term too:

Murray Edwards is holding a second hand sale on the 19th January. Head over for some cheap items, a groovy night in the bar, where all donations will go to Help Refugees. If you can’t make it, but would like to donate anyway, bring along your unwanted Christmas prezzies and find out how to donate on the event page here:https://www.facebook.com/events/556056808073541/

If you can’t make the Murray Edwards sale, then the EDGE Café on Mill Road is holding a Clothes Swap on the 20th January. Bring up to 5 items of clothing and swap them with others, FOR FREE!! Whilst you’re at the EDGE Café you can also visit Cambridge’s own Community Fridge and pick up some free food, or try some of the delicious zero-waste food that the cafe always has to offer. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/132178294163003/

Also, go and check out their other event that evening: Ready Steady Cook Food Waste, for some cooking inspiration from the Community Fridge. https://www.facebook.com/events/1965287297067313/

We will also be holding a screening of ‘Demain’ at Robinson near the end of term (you don’t even have to get on your bike for this!). A film which changes the discourse of environmental action towards a more positive and inspiring one, highlighting the grassroots projects around the world as people commit to making a change in their day-to-day lives. Please please do come and support environmental action in college! Facebook event on its way…

If you still haven’t bought yourself a hot water bottle, do go and grab yourself one in the winter sales, I highly recommend them! Let’s also please all be aware of the amount of energy we are individually consuming particularly in these cold months. We’re lucky already to have pretty warm accommodation, so that extra jumper, closing the curtains or even your new hot water bottle could work just as well as the radiator. If you do really need some warm air in your life, then keep your radiator on low rather than whacking it up on the highest heat immediately, and remember to turn it OFF when you’re warm enough.

Some other events coming up this term to look out for:

Sorry for the overload of information, I hope you all find something of interest. 

Have a lovely beginning of term!

Alice Gilderdale