Friday 26 March | Ellie Mayze

For her #100DaysOfGreenNevis project, double bassist Ellie Mayze is reducing her waste and trying to only buy items that can be recycled.

I chose to only buy items that could be recycled for the #100DaysOfGreenNevis challenge for a good reason.  I knew my family had started slipping backwards on our ‘zero waste’ journey and it would be a good way bring some new focus to it.  The idea of ‘zero waste’ is to literally produce zero waste.  This isn’t possible to do, so I add the word ‘journey’ and count success as ‘any change that reduces landfill trash’.

So, I have failed happily, which is a very strange thing to admit.  Shortly before the challenge began I needed to isolate for 2 weeks, have an operation, then isolate for another 2 weeks.  I had to bulk order groceries from a supermarket and was gifted other groceries by friends and family.  Most of these items were not wrapped in recyclable packaging – but they made me realise just how well my family generally did with reducing waste.

Each week I get a box of local organic veggies delivered via electric van by East Coast Organics.  This saves me time and energy and reduces the food miles of those veggies to 20 miles from farm to plate!  The cost, including delivery, is cheaper than a budget supermarket for non-organic veggies.  They arrive loose in a cardboard box with the leaves in a compostable bag – you sometimes get a free caterpillar!

I like – eggs in cardboard box, honey in glass jar, tinned foods, wooden toothbrushes, soap/shampoo/conditioner bars in cardboard box, refillable glass vial of waxed cotton tooth floss w/metal lid, toothpaste tablets.  I love my stove top coffee pot and manual bean grinder, as they save me space and power.

“Help animals and stop buying plastic that can’t be recycled!” says my daughter.

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 you to join us, either by following the campaign online to get ideas of what you can do, or to show us you own actions for us to share. If you would like to know more, do get in touch at 

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.