Tuesday 2 February | Heidi van der Swaagh

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis campaign Nevis cellist Heidi van der Swaagh has decided to reduce use of single-use plastic.

Heidi says: “Single-use plastic includes things like plastic bags, plastic water bottles, plastic containers in which fruit and vegetables are packaged, and milk jugs. The problem is that once single-use plastic is used, it gets thrown away, or worse ends up out in nature (which causes all sort of problems!).

Nevis Ensemble Final Bow

The main reason for single-use plastic is a convenience one, but there are so many alternatives that are both easy, and sometimes less expensive! Over the course of the #100DaysOfGreenNevis challenge, I will be looking at ways that I can make long-lasting changes to how I live in day-to-day life to reduce the use of such single-use plastic items.  Hopefully, also giving some tips to help others do so too!”

Heidi’s first tip is something we can all relate to… baking!

I love to bake and decorate things, but I don’t like to buy and throw away plastic piping bags. Luckily, I have a reusable pastry bag that I can wash and re-use as much as I want!

My first ever batch of choux buns was a huge success!

From 1 February 2021, Nevis is running #100DaysOfGreenNevis, where our musicians, staff and trustees will each take on a task for 100 days linked to Sustainability. We’d love for members of the public to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what they can do, or to show us their own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at georgina@nevisensemble.org 

Nevis Ensemble’s #GreenNevis campaign in 2019 won the Environmental Sustainability award at the 2020 Scottish Awards for New Music, and was shortlisted for Best Campaign by Julie’s Bicycle.