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WATCH: "All I want for Christmas is reuse!"


Sunday 12 December 2021

WATCH: "All I want for Christmas is reuse!"

Sunday 12 December 2021

The team behind the island's largest reuse and upcycling centre has taken inspiration from Mariah Carey to spread the reuse message.

Acorn, which supports islanders with learning disabilities by providing work opportunities, runs the Acorn Reuse Centre in Trinity, and is preparing for a busy Christmas period.

The idea to record the charity's own take on Christmas classic 'All I want for Christmas is you' came from Acorn's HR Manager Amanda Berry.

She said: "We do a Christmas advert every year, and I had the idea of doing a version of ‘All I want for Christmas is Reuse' - but, actually, it’s a very difficult song to sing!

'While all our Acorn staff are superstars, we don’t have many singers among us so I approached local choir Concordia, who agreed to record the song for us.

"The idea of the song is to encourage everyone to think about the environment, particularly at Christmas."

WATCH: Acorn's take on the Mariah Carey classic.

She continued: "While the song is about reuse, the main reason really for all the videos on our social media is about staff, volunteers, customers and clients coming together and having a bit of fun.

"It's very rewarding to see staff who felt too shy to get involved in previous years come forward and really enjoy being part of the film. The team here are absolutely fantastic, I like to think the videos give the outside world just a little snapshot of the positive and inclusive working environment we have created at Acorn" 

Mrs Berry added: "We continue to have great success at Acorn in diverting between 20-25 tonnes of reusable items from the waste stream every month and with our new Donations Centre due to open in 2023, we hope to be able to offer even more employment opportunities to people with disabilities and continue to work towards environmental objectives."  

Acorn’s last day of opening is Thursday 23 December and it will re-open on Tuesday 4 January 2022.

The charity is happy to accept any unwanted Christmas presents if anyone would like to give a gift a new home after 25 December.

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Posted by Christopher McCarthy on
Well done acorn
doing well by doing good

But shame on this profiteering from harm government

It did nor comply with its own sustainable policy to reuse buildings such as the shallow plan daylit with great views le marquand house govt building which could have been easily converted by now into a daylit and nat vent covid resilient zero-carbon residential tower with urban allotment balconies and with a ground floor communal natural remedy Urban Farm as an extension to the healing parade gardens

but instead the govt has just started demolishing this enormous embodied energy concrete structure

If the concrete industry was a country it would be the third biggest producer of CO2 after China and the USA

The Jersey concrete industry produces more CO2 per year than the vehicles on the road

Nobody should profit from harm

The publicly-owned government hq building is to be replaced a pfi contractors energy guzzling deep plan building without adequate daylight or natural ventilation causing building sickness syndrome to the occupiers as well as being a covid gas chamber for all govt depts in one block

the public are expected to rent their unhealthy govt hq from the contractor where as the public could have rented a converted residential tower to those who desperately needing a home

But what do you expect from a conflict interest GHE (IHE) who has not had a chief officer of planning since march 2020 to assess the scoping of the environmental Impact Assessment to assess the env mental and physical harm of the ghe planning application on its occupiers and its neighbourhood surrounded by public medical residential Towers and Magistrates Court as well as when I sent him as most important Parade healing Gardens used by Medics and patients on the neighbouring Hospital

in accordance with this one exec govt own statistics it is less trust than the most corrupt countries in the world

What's worse than being harmed

is being harmed by those who you have entrusted to protect you from harm


Don't use their power to stop people profiting from harmful development

turn a blind eye to those that profit from
harmful development
There is a place waiting for them
it's called hell

Our jersey friends of the earth
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