Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, or Reject

Reduce the Vale’s Plastic by 50% in 2018

A Campaign in collaboration with Transition Evesham Vale

Plastic has been a great benefit to the human race but is now doing at least as much harm as good – now ‘Plastic is polluting our oceans, choking our rivers, poisoning our wild life, littering our streets’,  so ‘Get Drastic with Plastic’ and

‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, or Reject - plastic which can’t be recycled’

 Plastic is now found in ever-larger quantities in every part of the globe

  • 38 million pieces weighing 18 tonnes found their way to Henderson Island in the Pacific, one of the world’s most remote places
  • Lumps of plastic have been found embedded in melting Arctic ice
  • Plastic fibres are found throughout the food chain, even in our drinking water
  • They enter the digestive systems of animals, fish, birds and us
  • A million plastic bottles are made in the world every minute
  • Britons buy 38 million (3 billion litres) and fail to recycle nearly half
  • More and more fruit and vegetables are sold in plastic containers
  • Over 350 million tons of plastic are produced every year, most is not recycled

 Evesham Observer Article

March '18 - A RALLYING call for young people to reduce the amount of plastic they use was delivered during a dedicated assembly at The De Montfort School last week.A RALLYING call for young people to reduce the amount of plastic they use was delivered during a dedicated assembly at The De Montfort School last week.
Year seven students delivered an assembly encouraging other students to reduce the amount of plastic they use.


Ways you can help:

  • Ask shops and supermarkets to please end urgently ‘one-use plastic’ (‘not yet/currently recycled’) and actively seek an alternative to all plastic usage
  • Re-use our plastic bags and bottles we do buy, maybe 20 times each….
  • Campaign for deposits on plastic bottles (like we used to on glass…)
  • Buy our fruit & veg from the local farm shops, requesting no plastic wrapping
  • Ensure all plastic is always recycled (don’t buy the black stuff, which isn’t)
  • Use bars of soap or refillable soap or shampoo bottles;
  • If you eat meat buy it fresh from local butchers, take your own bag….
  • Get milk delivered (fresher) in returnable glass bottles
  • Use pencils instead of plastic pens
  • Ban plastic straws, cutlery, coffee cups (buy a re-usable, just a tenner)

      Aim to reduce your use of plastic by 50% in 2018! (and maybe another 50% the year after)

 Elements of the Campaign - in association with Transition Evesham Vale

  • Public launch on January 8th with lots of waste plastic and key local figures
  • Ask as wide a range of community groups and organisations as possible to endorse the campaign and urge their members to join in
  • Encourage schools in particular to get involved
  • Talk/write to local shops, supermarkets and businesses
  • Develop publicity material, with stickers saying ‘Cut Plastic by 50% in 2018’
  • Plan a programme linked with the Evesham Festivals through 2018

How you can get involved

Reduce

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Reject

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