LET’S FREE WHERE WE LIVE FROM SINGLE-USE
We are so happy to be signed up as Community Leaders with Surfers Against Sewage latest campaign; Plastic Free Communities.
As many of you may know, John and I help organise a spring beach clean every year and SAS have been a huge aid in making these events a success. When we read about their latest campaign it seemed to fit exactly with our own reasons for starting a community group about living a more sustainable and zero waste lifestyle, so it made perfect sense to join forces!
The Plastic Free Communities Manifesto
We live in a plastic world. It’s an extraordinarily useful, versatile, cheap material. And it’s everywhere.
And it’s a growth industry, with one in every ten barrels of oil now used to create new plastic.
But together, we can make sure we kick our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and change the system that produces it.
We can make sure we don’t choke our streets, parks and playgrounds with it. Because if it’s on our street today, then it’s in our rivers tomorrow, and our beaches and oceans forever.
We can make sure each of us understands that we can change this, whoever we are and wherever we live.
But we can only do all of this together. That’s why we created Plastic Free Communities.
It’s a community network across the UK that’s tackling single-use plastic from the beach, all the way back to the brands and businesses who create it.
We’re on a journey to unite communities in the fight against single-use plastics, wherever we find them.
It starts here and it starts with us. And if you’re still reading this, that means you too.
So join us and let’s free where we live from single-use, one plastic bottle at a time.
Download your own Action Plan here and find out what changes you can make as an individual to support the campaign.
As Community Leaders we are working towards creating a Plastic Free Community by following these 5 objectives:
- Local Governance – Local council passes a resolution supporting the journey to Plastic Free Community status.
- Local Businesses – Work with businesses in your community to help them reduce single-use plastics.
- Local Community – Inspire the wider community to spread the plastic-free message.
- Local Events – Mobilise community. Hold a clean-up, mass unwrap or other events to raise awareness.
- Local Steer Group – Form a group of local stakeholders and meet at least twice a year to take our community campaign forward.
If you are inspired by what you are reading then why not take the next step and volunteer to be a Zero-Waste-Hero in your community?
We are looking for people who want to make an impact within their community by volunteering with us. You can help by spreading the word, helping to organise events or speaking with your local shops and council about how we can reduce single use plastic in your community. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to note your interest and find out more.