Many of us have been shocked at the damage plastic pollution is causing to the natural world. Programmes such as Blue Planet, Drowning in Plastic and films like A Plastic Ocean have raised people’s awareness to the plastic crisis, and now it’s time to take action…
For over a year, together with Climate Friendly Bradford-on-Avon, we have been working to achieve accreditation for Bradford on Avon as a Plastic Free Community.
The accreditation is awarded by the charity Surfers Against Sewage and requires the support of local residents, businesses, community groups, schools and the Town Council.
We were recently delighted to hear that our application has been successful, thanks to the hard work of individuals and our Steering Group to try and reduce our consumption of plastic products. It is also thanks to the support of the Town Council, and organisations and businesses around the town who have worked with us to make it easier to use alternatives or provide refills.
Local businesses and organisations have stepped up to the challenge, and we have highlighted some of these changes and support in our Facebook group. Some local businesses have phased out plastic straws and stirrers, encouraged people to bring their own containers for refills, and there will soon be three water fountains around the town.
We have a Steering Group, consisting of Jill, Maureen, Councillor Alex Kay, Ruth, Eunice, Alex, Rebecca, John, Sally and Jess.
If you are part of a community group or local business trying to phase out single-use plastic, please let us know which items you are phasing out so we can work with you.
Thank you for supporting our campaign, and please get in touch if you’d like to get more involved. To find out more about the campaign, download the Plastic-Free-Communities-Toolkit.