Notes: 10th February 2022

It was all about sustainability at the first N2United meeting of 2022 on the 10th of February with local experts helping to guide us on making the best of our local resources.

Held again at the East Finchley Constitutional Club, residents, local interest groups and businesses joined together to hear from a range of local speakers on the subject of sustainability and how individual changes to our habits can reduce our collective impact on the environment to not only benefit us on a local level but globally too.

Maxine Klein of No2Plastics, discussed strategies to avoid the use of single use plastics, including opting for a ‘shampoo bar’ helping eliminate plastic packaging altogether. Maxine also explained the 5 R’s of plastic reduction, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repair and finally Recycle. For more details see: https://www.no2plasticsn2.com/

Emma Frampton founder of ‘Bin there, Donate that’, recently featured in The Archer, encouraged us to reduce waste by donating unwanted items to local collection points and how unwanted items lying around your house might be needed by someone else!
She shared how local business, ‘East Finchley Electrical’ has set up a collection point for used light bulbs, and that Nova Dental accepts old toothbrushes.

Emma is also looking for help with researching organisations that need our unwanted things, and also finding other local shops that will act as collection point. Emma is also keen to get your views and invites you to share your thoughts with the ‘Bin there, Donate that’ questionnaire.

Refill service, ‘People’s Pantry’, has been running since August 2021, and co-founder Lisa Jones discussed how they help remove the dependence on single use plastics. Their repurposed milk float, Ernie, is at Cherry Tree Wood the first Saturday of every month, where you can get household and pantry essentials ready to refill from gravity and scoop dispensers. For more, see thepeoplespantry.biz/

Roger Chapman brought us update on a number of other local initiatives including the ‘East Finchley Pollinator Project’ which aims to plant 100,000 flowers in the hope of creating pollinator trails and ‘nectar cafes’ in East Finchley.

As Chair of the ‘East Finchley Community Trust’, Roger also talked about their involvement in a number of fundraising programmes on behalf of us all and their plans for a new programme in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, ‘Clean for the Queen’, look out for further details in the coming weeks.

Councillor Arjun Mittra was on hand to remind everyone where he and his colleagues can help and what services Barnet Council have recently launched.

Finally, local businesswoman, health practitioner Sharmila Hume, founder of ‘Symply Healthy Synergy’ shared what they are doing re sustainability in offering their certified Weleda products. For more details, www.symplyhealthysynergy.co.uk/weleda/


If you want to get involved with East Finchley’s environmental sustainability journey, visit n2united.co.uk, or why not join the next meeting on Thursday 10th March at 8pm?


If you are an East Finchley/N2 business or a neighbouring business, why not LIKE the N2United Business Network page and JOIN the N2United Networking Group!

At future meetings, we’ll be sharing ideas for the next campaign for N2Unique as well as helping you get the most from your stall at the ‘East Finchley Festival’ on the 19th of June 2022.

Well also be revisiting our tips and tricks for small businesses when implementing Social Media including ‘Facebook’ and ‘Instagram as well as how to market your business on a local level more effectively.
Details at www.n2united.co.uk

Didn’t make the meeting?
We understand, you’ve got lots on, just remember that you’re always welcome, N2United meets on the 2nd Thursday of every month – next meeting, 10th of March 2022, see you there?