Its a phrase that’s been applicable to Eigg for years. With limited access to places to buy or find everything from clothes to building materials, car parts to buckets (!), Eigg folk have re-used and re-cycled most things and reduced their need for more.
But we do make rubbish. It gets taken off Eigg in skips to mainland landfill or, for our cans, bottles and paper, to recycling facilities in Inverness and Fort William. Eigg islanders produce less than half the waste of people living elsewhere in the UK. But we’re aiming to do better.
Composting – almost all households on Eigg have a compost bin. We’re looking into creating a community compost facility, so the raw materials those households who can’t make compost don’t go to waste.
Swap Shop – This is where islanders leave clothes and household goods they no longer need, so others can use them.
Re-using – plastic milk cartons make plant pots, broken egg shells keep slugs at bay, and left over animal feedbags were made into bunting for our recent Giant’s Footstep Family Festival. Ebay and Freecycle are firm favourites too!