Let's turn Black Friday into Green Friday!

Date: 25/11/2021
Petha Gwener Gwyrdd

- Press release on behalf of Dolan - 

A new project in Gwynedd is urging residents to turn Black Friday into Green Friday this year - by giving rather than buying.

'Petha' is a new project in Gwynedd that aims to establish a Library of Things in three communities across the county: Dyffryn Nantlle, Dyffryn Ogwen and Bro Ffestiniog. Petha Coordinator, Catrin Wager, explains:

“The concept behind a Library of Things is simple - they are just the same as a traditional library, but instead of borrowing books, you can borrow things!  By borrowing and sharing rather than buying from new, you can save money, save space in your home, reduce waste and reduce your carbon footprint. ”

"One of the first steps in establishing these libraries is to consult with communities about what they want to see, and the consultation is currently live on our social media channels. The second step is trying to collect 'Things’ for the library, and that's the idea behind Green Friday.'

"We’re normally encouraged to spend on Black Friday, often on non-essential goods. But this year we’re asking residents to donate items instead of spending.  The items collected will then be made available for the local community to borrow, through their local library.”

Petha is looking for a wide range of items, from tools to garden equipment, camping goods, toys and games and craft equipment. As Catrin explains "We are looking for the kind items you might buy, but not use often.  For example, something like a wallpaper stripper could be essential to do one job, but could then sit on a shelf for years.  Or a jetwasher might be useful once a year, but sits idle the rest of the time.

"We are prepared to accept anything that may be useful, but with one caveat; they must be useable, so they have to be clean, complete and working! '

“We're also looking to collect toys or items that might be suitable as Christmas presents. Many households are likely to face a challenging Christmas this year, so if anyone has unwanted gifts or toys in your home we'd be happy to receive them in Petha, so we can pass them on to someone who would appreciate them. ”

The project is being led by three community enterprises, Partneriaeth Ogwen, Cwmni Bro Ffestiniog, and Yr Orsaf, in partnership with Gwynedd Council.  One of the project partners, Meleri Davies, of Partneriaeth Ogwen, explains:

'This project fundamentally seeks to reduce inequality, tackle poverty and take positive action on climate change. We seek to encourage a culture of borrowing and shared ownership to challenge the ideology of over-consumption that is so damaging to our planet. Green Friday is a great opportunity for us to promote these aims, and to encourage people to think differently about buying and owning goods this Christmas.

Gwynedd Libraries in all three areas (Blaenau Ffestiniog, Penygroes and Bethesda)  will be accepting donations for Petha on Green/Black Friday (November 26) during their regular opening hours, and will continue accepting donations until Christmas.  The items will then be catalogued and prepared to be available to borrow in the New Year.

Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Library Service Manager, says, "We are very pleased to see Petha being piloted in our Libraries; it is a natural evolution of the role of libraries and gives a new, fresh aspect to a service people will already be familiar with.  Libraries of things can bring tangible benefits to the environment, and to our residents, and builds on a foundation of borrowing and sharing which has always been the ethos of Libraries”

Find out more by following Petha on Twitter, and Facebook @pethagwynedd or contact the Petha co-ordinator catrin@ogwen.org