February 2021: Zero Waste Shopping with Shop Zero Nottingham

We hope you have been staying safe
And enjoying the snow,
We can’t wait to see you back in cyberspace –
We’ll be joined by Shop Zero!

February Meeting

“Zero Waste Shopping with Shop Zero Nottingham”

Shop Zero is one of a new kind of shop: you can buy food, gifts, and household supplies but you must bring your own packaging.

We have seen small “waves” of change since David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary in 2017. The documentary quite literally delved deep into the natural world and showed the consequences of what happens when humanity pays so little attention to it.

One of the things that the WI has been so good at doing for the last century is to connect the everyday lives of individual women to the life of the planet and to the life of the community. For example, our values and what we think about can shape our shopping habits but likewise shops can shape us and our values and what we think about, too.

Our speaker, Sarah, says “we need a change in the way we consume and shop.”

Maybe you’ve looked around your house (and community) and seen the waste and pollution that we generate and thought – “What on Earth can I do about this?”

I started this business because I want to help people live more sustainably. It’s pretty hard for us to reduce our waste, and carbon and plastic footprints.  I want to make that easier. And people want to know that the products they buy have been made by workers who are treated well so I investigate all the supply chains. I also support local sustainable makers who are doing the same.

Sarah, http://www.ShopZero.co.uk

Sarah is a PhD Biologist and sustainability advocate. She has worked in sustainability and teaching, but, most importantly, she has practical experience of (attempting) to live zero waste herself! Before lock-down she coordinated Nottingham Fixers, a community Repair Cafe.

Sarah will take a practical approach to the talk focus on what zero waste is and how we can reduce waste in the household.

This event coincides with #ShowTheLove, an event that the NFWI promotes throughout February to get members talking and thinking about what we love about the natural world and how we can show this love through the choices we make.

See you at the meeting! You definitely don’t want to waste this one!


On the Tables

Media swap, Just for Fun, and prizes

If you are on Facebook, head over to our member’s only Facebook group for a virtual version of our “On the Tables”.

  • Media swap: We’re swapping media recommendations rather than physical items. Have you read or watched anything good lately? If so, head over to Facebook and start a thread about it!
  • #ShowTheLove: Have you made any green hearts? Got any green tips? Were you inspired by our speaker? Let us know in our Facebook group!

Don’t Forget!

What to bring to the next meeting

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  • The Zoom link;
  • A friend if you’d like to invite them along;
  • Any questions that you’d like to ask our expert;
  • That’s it!

Other News

2021 Membership

We’re still buzzing!

Because of Covid-19, the NFWI has changed the membership subscription from starting in January to starting in April. This means that your 2020 membership will last a few months longer than usual!

The annual membership for 2021 is £44. You can pay by BACS or post us a cheque. The exact details will be sent out by email.

We’re buzzed about what’s in store for 2021!:

  • January 13: Kitchen Ceilidh
  • February 10: Zero Waste Heroes
  • March 10: Annual Meeting
  • April 14: Supporting the Serenity Garden
  • May 12: Resolutions
  • June 9: House Plants and Health
  • July 14: Zumba
  • August 11: Handmade Preserves
  • September 8: Autumn Foraging
  • October 13: National Trust Gems
  • November 10: The Alexander Technique
  • December 8: TBC

If you want to stay on as a member (and we hope that you do!) we want to know about any changes to your contact details, such as your home address, email, or phone number.

We’d also like to know if you do not intend to renew your membership by sending an email to thehivewi@gmail.com.

Thank You for Your Generosity!

HOPE-y to help

Your contributions of food and toiletries added up to bags and bags of donations for HOPE Nottingham.

It is fantastic to see that lock-down hasn’t got in the way of our yearly tradition of giving back to the community after Christmas.

Thank you to everyone who made this happen!

Walking the Talk

Raising funds with their feet

Photo by SevenStorm JUHASZIMRUS on Pexels.com

Our Walk ‘n’ Talk subgroup is walking the equivalent distance from Land’s End to John o’ Groats this year to raise £400 to buy a bench for a memorial garden, Forever in Bloom, set up by the Nottingham charity Forever Stars.

The charity supports bereaved parents of young babies.

The Forever Stars Memorial Garden is being created at Highfields Park, a short distance from the Queen’s Medical Centre and is expected to include areas for reflection, a picnic area, a nature walk and a tree of tranquility where the names the babies and children can be inscribed upon the leaves.


You can read more about the garden on their website here.

Hayley posted in our Facebook group to give us the first update on their progress. She said, “The ladies in Walk ‘n’ Talk have enthusiastically begun the challenge of virtually walking from Lands End to John O’Groats. We have completed 129 miles during our first week – only another 5989 miles to go”.

Not far then!

They will be setting up a way to collect funds online soon, which we will of course let you know about when we can.

CAKE Fighters

We’re trend setters!

On the 25th of January CAKE Fighters hosted a talk with Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett. The event was intended to kick off 2021 with creativity and enthusiasm and explore “gentle protest” and creative activism in the context of the WI.

Since then, craftivism seems to be here, there, and everywhere!

Two days after our event, the NFWI launched a creative project for a digital exhibition featuring handmade banners by WI members:

The NFWI Public Affairs team would like to invite WI members to take part in our new craft project ‘WI Women in Activism’. The project involves creating procession banners or pennant flags, with the aim of featuring them in an NFWI online exhibition to mark International Women’s Day in March (8 March 2021) and using them in any future marches we attend once Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.You can find further information about how to create your project and how to submit your entry for the International Women’s Day online exhibition on My WI: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/campaigncraftprojectIf you have any questions, get in touch with us at pa@nfwi.org.uk.

The Women’s Institute Facebook Page

Some key words they’d like members to include in their banners are: Activism, a force for change, feminism, inclusivity, trailblazers, women’s rights, bold and inspiring, growing and relevant, inclusive and flexible, intersectionality, strength, education, awareness, female empowerment, justice.

We’d love to see anything you make or help you develop ideas over on Facebook or in our craft group on Messenger.

The NFWI is holding their own event with “our” Sarah Corbett on Friday the 19th February at 13:00.

Not only that, you can now watch a documentary on craftivism BBC iPlayer that came out just after our CAKE Fighters event – also with Sarah Corbett!

The documentary inspired a local resident to dress up Beeston’s Bee Man with green hearts for #ShowTheLove:

CAKE Fighters are also focusing on #ShowTheLove this month. You may have seen a card to send to your MP included in the latest WI Life magazine. The idea is for constituents (con-stitch-uents) to send a handmade heart to their MP with the name of their district embroidered on it. Craftivism aims to gently engage, attract positive attention, and start a conversation. Many MPs end up posting the hearts they receive on social media which then (hopefully!) brings the conversation to their followers as well.

If you can’t make a heart, sending a card is a good thing to do in and of itself.

Here is Sarah’s Manton’s heart from Nottingham’s City WI:

We will also be joining in with Nottinghamshire Federation’s #ShowTheLove social media challenge to post images, ideas, poems, and thoughts about what we love about the natural world.

The images below show the prompts for each day as well as the images that will be going up on our Instagram account:

Head over to our Facebook group to continue the conversation!

Committee 2021

Two places to fill

We have two spots on our committee to fill! You don’t need to have a specific role to be on the committee, and you are very welcome to sit in on a few meetings before making up your mind.

Feel free to contact us at thehivewi@gmail.com for more information, or simply ask about it on our Facebook group.

Regular Information

Time and Location

Our main monthly meeting is every second Wednesday of the month at 19:30 on Zoom.

Non-Members and Guests

We’d love to meet you!

Guests can come to up to three monthly meetings each year as a guest before we ask them to consider joining officially as a member.

Guests can also come our subgroups – see below for our calendar.

The Hive’s February Calendar

What’s on when

  • Thursday 4, 19:00 – CAKE Chat
  • Wednesday 10, 19:30 : Zero Waste Heroes
  • Thursday 18, 20:15– Publess Quiz
  • Saturday 20, 14:00 – Crafternoon
  • Wednesday 24, 18:30 – Committee Meeting
  • Thursday 25, 18:45 – Book Club: The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • TBC – CAKE FightersClimate Change

Recurring Events

Your shortcut to the subgroups

  • C.A.K.E Chat: Every first Thursday, 19:00
  • C.A.K.E. Fighters: Days and times vary
  • Publess Quiz: Every third Thursday, 20:15
  • Walk ‘n’ Talk: Every first weekend of the month on alternating Saturdays and Sundays – times vary, as do Government rules and advice
  • Main Meeting: Every second Wednesday, 19:30-21:30
  • Crafternoon: Every third Saturday, 14:00-16:00
  • Committee Meeting: Every fourth Wednesday, 18:30
  • Thursday Book Club: Every last Thursday, 18:45

Click here for more information on our subgroups.

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  • You can also search for us on Google Calendar using our email address.