Hayley Ellis, founder of Eco Ely, was featured on BBC Look East on Thursday 8th August 2019 for the work she has been doing to try and make Ely a Greener City.
Eco Ely is a community group aimed at like-minded residents of Ely and surrounding villages, who are interested in environmental issues, sustainability, recycling and making a difference where we live.
The Facebook group has been going for just 12 weeks and has over 2000 members. As well as the group they have a Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram social media platforms.
Hayley said: “A member of Eco Ely told me that BBC Look East were doing some segments about Eco things that are happening in East Anglia and suggested I get in touch. I sent a brief email, got a call and then the filming was arranged.
We were able to film at the Lighthouse Centre, where we had the support of Ely Nappy Library and some local mums with their babies in cloth nappies which were a great addition to the filming and they were all so well behaved! Disposable nappies make up a huge amount of the daily waste so we wanted to showcase this as an alternative for people.
I then had a one to one interview with Emma, and she said I was very enthusiastic and inspiring and she was going to look into recycling her crisp packets through TerraCycle in her area!
The new Ely shop Prospects Trust Unwrapped were also featured, and we got to showcase their new green grocers which is opening in September, selling organic produce from the Prospects Trust Farm in Reach. They will also have a refill wall for liquid refillables and dried goods, a café serving homemade cakes and seasonal light bites, and Pods for local sellers to showcase their local products.”
Eco Ely will be holding a fundraising event at Littleport Leisure Centre on Sunday 18th August at 7pm with a quiz and a raffle. Hayley will be showcasing some eco swaps for people to look at.
The first official Eco Ely meeting will be on Wednesday 4th of September at 7pm at St Mary’s Church Hall in Ely.
Hayley says “Please come and hear more about Eco Ely, bring any ideas you have or changes you would like to see. Everyone is welcome and we are open to any ideas or suggestions. We are particularly keen to set up a committee, and if you have any skills or support you would like to offer, we would love to hear from you!”
For further details of Eco Ely please find us on social media, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hayley Ellis on 07793 671728.
Press release from Eco Ely
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