PUBLISHED: 10:26 05 June 2018 Sarah Howells F Heard Butchers in Westward Ho! is joining the plastic free revolution Archant The ‘plastic free’ movement is continuing to gather pace across Bideford, Appledore and Westward Ho! More and more businesses are signing up to support the initiative by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) in a bid to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. Pannier Pantry has changed to use paper straws and wooden cutlery, as well as paper boxes for takeaways and a discount for customers who bring in re-useable cups for drinks. Intagr8 in Bideford has also achieved plastic free status, as they re-use plastic cutlery and bags, and no longer use plastic bottle for off-site youth sessions. Manager Rachel Raper said: “As a community hub we really care about all this waste and pollution at our doorstep. We will help to spread the word at all the events we are involved with.” In Westward Ho! A Slice of Life cafe has changed the majority of its … [Read more...] about World Environment Day: Plastic free Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore
PUBLISHED: 08:21 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:37 05 June 2018 Clarissa Place [email protected] Members of the community with some of the boomerang bags they have made to try and reduce plastic in Ottery. Archant A community group has been busy as bees creating fabric bags as part of its campaign to reduce single-use plastic in the town. Hanna West helped to spearhead the Ottery Plastic Free community group and is on its steering group. The group launched its first sewing bee meeting this week in the Curious Otter to make fabric boomerang bags to try and reduce the town's use of plastic.Plastic Free Ottery launched earlier this year to reduce the consumption of environmentally-harmful plastics and promote positive recycling. The group has been formed under a Surfers Against Sewage initiative and is working to complete a five-stage plan to make the town a plastic-free community. This week, Hanna West, a member of the steering group, launched the … [Read more...] about A plastic-free town? Sewing group’s got it in the bag!
There was a time when the question, 'Do you take plastic?' had a very different meaning on holiday - when holiday laissez-faire lured us into endless treat fests. That same attitude has now maxed-out the plastic issue in other ways - our over-dependence on single-use plastics when we take a break. Here are our 10 top tips on how to ditch the plastic on holiday. 1. Buy a reusable bottleBottled water is one of the biggest single-use plastic criminals, so treat yourself to a quality reusable bottle before you travel, and buy one large plastic bottle to refill from. Don't assume you can't drink the tap water when you get to your destination, either. You'll be amazed how many countries do actually have safe drinking water. And if you can't drink from the tap, consider buying a filtering or purifying water bottle, or a UV water purifying pen. All genius devices. 2. Use airport water fountainsIt is very annoying having to buy bottled water after airport security. The handy website … [Read more...] about 10 top tips for a plastic-free holiday this summer
Campaigners against plastic pollution are hoping millions of people around the world join what they say is the world’s first plastic free day. Campaign group A Plastic Planet is aiming to inspire 250 million people around the world to avoid plastic packaged food and drink products for 24 hours to mark World Environment Day today. The One Plastic Free Day initiative is backed by celebrities including adventurer Ben Fogle and aims to focus attention on the growing calls for significant measures to stem the tide of plastic pollution, the organisers said. People are being urged to take a photo of the plastic-packaged products they are giving up for One Plastic Free Day and share it on social media, saying why they have been inspired to #PassOnPlastic. A Plastic Planet co-founder, Sian Sutherland, said: “One Plastic Free Day will touch the lives of millions of people around the world.” “Across every continent, people are waking up to the fact that plastic has … [Read more...] about Call to ditch plastic food and drink packaging for ‘one plastic free day’
An MP is marking his first year in Parliament by embarking on a plastic-free week. Alex Sobel, who is the Labour MP for Leeds North West, has spoken several times in the Commons raising the issue of free water via a water fountain plus calling for a new latte levy charge. He is now appealing to all his constituents to tackle plastic pollution next week - by changing shopping habits and challenging themselves. … [Read more...] about MP marks 1st year in Parliament by having plastic-free week