Online grocery shopping may be a convenient, time-saving option for the digital generation, but its environmental impact isn’t so impressive when you factor in the pollutive footprint of the packaging and delivery vehicles. So, what can be done to make shopping (online, and otherwise) more sustainable? Sush Kelly from Kings Heath, Birmingham, is working with his wife Heidi, and friends Andy and Kate, to launch Pack Your Own. A new shopping service that will deliver plastic-free products by bike to the residents of Kings Heath, Stirchley and Moseley in the city. Sush, a 41-year-old father-of-two, will be heading out on his bike along with his business partners. “The four of us will be making the early morning deliveries, as far as our legs will carry us,” he told HuffPost UK. Items will come under three different categories: ‘in the kitchen’, ‘in the bathroom’ and ‘in the cleaning cupboard’. Cosmetics, food and … [Read more...] about A New Plastic-Free Online Grocery Shop Is Set To Deliver To Your Door Via Bike
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Opinion PUBLISHED: 08:04 07 July 2018 Sheena Grant Can Sheena Grant keep her Plastic Free July pledge after signing up for the initiative designed to raise awareness about plastic pollution and encourage us to use alternatives. Picture: Archant Thrifty living, with Sheena Grant If you don’t know the horrors of single-use plastic by now, where have you been? Certainly not visiting a beach, where the effects of this ubiquitous waste are all-too obvious to see. Plastic pollution is poisoning our environment, seas and killing wildlife. According to environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage, around 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into the world’s oceans every day. But given the scale of the problem, it can be hard to know how to make a difference. Well, you could start by signing up for the Plastic Free July challenge. I’ve done just that (at www.plasticfreejuly.org) pledging, in a kind of environmental fervour, to cut my plastic … [Read more...] about Taking the Plastic Free July challenge and how small traders can help
0 Post a comment Wednesday, 4 July 2018 - Environment by Cambrian News reporter @CambrianNews [email protected] A PLASTIC-FREE event was held in front of a packed audience at Aberystwyth bandstand. Organised by the Plastic Free Aberystwyth group and Aber Food Surplus, the evening celebrated the town’s plastic-free status and awarded businesses who have supported the scheme and changed or removed single-use plastics from their business.Surplus food was provided by Aber Food Surplus, two ocean films were showed along with Eurig Salisbury performing a poem he had written for the evening, and music was provided by local band Three Legg’d Mare.Around 100 attendees were asked to think about their own single-use plastic usage, and ideas were presented to tackle the plastic problem, for example, a plastic hub in Aberystwyth where beach-collected plastic could be recycled locally, a plastic-free shop, drinking water refill fountains around the town and a … [Read more...] about Activities to encourage more people to go plastic-free
0 Post a comment Thursday, 10 May 2018 - Local People by The Post @twitter.com/ThePostSeries [email protected] BRADWORTHY Primary Academy is the ninth school in the UK to be awarded ‘Plastic Free Schools’ status. Plastic Free Schools is a change making and empowering pupil led campaign run by the Cornish environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage.Class 4 decided to do something after they watched a short film about how bad the plastic problem is in the oceans. The pupils were upset that animals were getting sick and hurt by rubbish.In order to receive the award the school had to complete five objectives. Firstly, Class 4 formed a ‘Resistance Group’ in school to spread the word about the damage single use plastic is having on the environment. There was a whole school assembly to spread the word. Pupils said they were a bit nervous to stand up in front of everyone but in the end they actually enjoyed it.Secondly, pupils organised a … [Read more...] about Bradworthy becomes the ninth school in the UK to be awarded ‘Plastic Free Schools’ status
I'm not alone. My social media is as clogged as my bins with friends sharing petitions and tweeting supermarkets hoping to reduce the burden on the planet - and their consciences. Every day 2.5 million coffee cups are sent to landfill, while we still produce the sixth-highest amount of rubbish per head in the European Union. Ireland is now the biggest producer of plastic waste in Europe, according to recent Eurostat figures. Changing rules around what can be recycled mean more is going to landfill (for example black plastic, cling film and 'soft plastics' i.e. shopping bags and bread bags are ruled out - even Barry's teabags contain a plastic that stops them being compostable). Meanwhile, politicians are putting this on the long finger. "If we don't change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050," said European Commission first vice-president, Frans Timmermans, before announcing its commitment to make all plastic packaging … [Read more...] about Is it possible to buy weekly shopping in an Irish supermarket completely plastic-free?