My Plastic Free Blog – Andy

About Me I’m Andy Bentley, an IT Consultant living in Pinehurst. I’ve had an interest in all things environmental for a while now; I’m a member of the local Green Party and provide the website for SCAN. I’d already been reducing, reusing and recycling for years, but my buying choices were far from perfect (and I’m still working on them). Like many of the other contributors my journey to reduce my use of plastic went up a gear when I heard about Plastic Free July. It prompted me to look at how much plastic waste I was responsible for, and how I could cut down on it. Some changes were easy to identify and make right at the start, others I discovered as I went along. The Changes I’ve Made So Far Ready meals were the first to go. I’d already cut down on them but was probably still having[…]

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My Plastic Free Blog – Cate

About Me Hello, my name is Cate and I’ve been using plastic for most of my life. I set myself the challenge last Easter to go plastic free as much as I could. I’d become increasingly aware of the damage it caused. After watching Blue Planet II, I couldn’t ignore the problem of plastic any more. I’d already done the easy plastic free options. I’ve been taking my own shopping bag to the supermarket for years and I’d bought a travel coffee mug to avoid using the disposable ones. I started to think about what else I could do. The Changes I’ve Made So Far: Looking around the aisles in my usual supermarket for plastic free food was a challenge. It seems like everything is wrapped in layer after layer of the stuff. Even some items that appeared to be packaged in cardboard, then turned out to have an inner[…]

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My Plastic Free Blog – Becky

About Me My name is Becky, I’m 30 years old and work as a Transport Planner. I live with my husband and our dog Daisy. I have always thought of myself as pretty environmentally-conscious, I try to cycle and walk everywhere, and I’ve always recycled and composted where possible. Since programmes such as Blue Planet I have become more aware of the issue of plastics. However, it wasn’t until I saw ‘Plastic Free July’ being promoted by SCAN and Sarah Church that I really started reading up on the issue of plastics. These two facts convinced me to take on the challenge: Only about 9% of the plastic we send to be recycled actually gets processed, and rather than being recycled, it gets ‘downcycled’ into something like garden furniture, which in turn cannot be recycled again. Every bit of plastic I use daily is going to outlive me! I might[…]

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2nd Pinehurst Litter Pick, with North Wilts RSPCA

On Sunday 28th October 2018, RSPCA North Wiltshire and Swindon Climate Action Network (SCAN) organised a second litter pick in Pinehurst as part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign.  Both organisations want to provide positive solutions to the problems that plastic waste causes.  A litter pick is a good way to do this: reducing litter and the harm it causes, reusing and recycling where possible, raising awareness of issues, bringing people together out of care, helping to make the local area nicer for all.   We had a good day. This article on the work of RSPCA North Wiltshire describes the harm that litter causes wildlife and why it is important to urgently address these problems. Please see our Facebook pages (RSPCA North WIlts’, SCAN page, SCAN group) for more information. Be the change…

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Swindon Street Reps Supporting Plastic Free Swindon

Swindon Street Reps are a group of volunteers who are passionate about making a difference in their local community. Started in 2015 by Swindon Borough Council Housing as a way of engaging tenants and residents in better communication with the council, the role evolved into a more active and diverse range of activities. One of the first and on going activities Street Reps engaged in was community litter picks. Litter is a real issue on the estates, especially off the main roads where it may be missed by clean up crews. Litter causes many issues to the environmental well being of both people and wildlife, plastic especially as it doesn’t break down. Street Reps sought to tackle this by running ‘litter pick parties’ where a group would focus on a few streets at a time and clean the area. They would also aim to inform and educate people on proper[…]

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Plastic Free July

Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s the mission of www.plasticfreejuly.org – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. You can also find them on Facebook here. ​Will you join us and give up single-use plastic this July?  As part of our ongoing campaign to reduce the use of plastics, we will be challenging the people of Swindon to sign up to Plastic Free July and encourage others to do the same. Going plastic free is important in reducing demand for products that incorporate plastic – reduce the demand, reduce the supply.

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Film – Addicted to Plastic

Addicted to Plastic – From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. For better and for worse, no ecosystem or aspect of human activity has escaped the shrink-wrapped grasp of plastic. Addicted To Plastic is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses, why there’s so much of it and what we can do about it. On the way we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. We were pleased to  show this film in July as part of our Plastic Free Swindon campaign. The film provides an excellent, well-rounded overview of plastics. We had a positive discussion about the issues that the film brings up, possible solutions and ways to get involved to make much-needed positive changes.

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RSPCA – Problems of human waste for animals and support for the Plastic Free Swindon campaign

RSPCA North Wilts is just one of the organisations backing Swindon Climate Action Network this month, in their Plastic Free Swindon campaign. Plastic and other waste products pose a very real threat to wildlife, birds and other animals, creating a serious issue for local animal charities like RSPCA North Wiltshire. Nationally, the RSPCA receives more than 5,000 calls a year about animals affected by litter. Spokesperson for Swindon’s local branch Katie North tells us “We are thrilled to get behind SCAN to raise awareness on this really important issue. I don’t think many people realise just how big the problem of littering is in terms of the threat it causes to wildlife and other animals”. Everyday objects that may seem perfectly safe, if found accidentally by animals can be very hazardous when not disposed of correctly. Plastic waste like carrier bags and plastic can holders can be extremely harmful with[…]

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SCAN Launch Plastic Free Swindon

Swindon Climate Action Network are pleased and excited to announce the Plastic Free Swindon campaign; a collection of events and actions to engage and collaborate with the people, organisations and institutions of Swindon. Events will include art creation, a community clean-up for our animal friends, live music, films, creative competitions, a plastic-free blog, articles written by local groups and people and more… We launch this campaign on World Environment Day, the 5th of June 2018, a UN initiative which, this year, addresses plastic. Swindon will play its part and we encourage you to get involved!! The campaign will incorporate Speak Up Week, which runs from the 30th of June to the 8th of July, encouraging us to influence our MPs to make good choices on our behalf. We will be challenging the people of Swindon to sign up to Plastic Free July and encourage others to do the same. Going plastic[…]

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Swindon Climate Cafe – Wildlife and Climate Change

Our fifth Climate Cafe featured a talk and Q&A on Wildlife and Climate Change by Simon Smith, who spoke about how wildlife adapts to climate change, and what can we do to help? Simon answered these questions with a focus on our local wildlife. Having worked and volunteered in environmental conservation for over 30 years, Simon is passionate about our local wildlife and how science can be applied to prevent extinctions. This was another free event put on by SCAN, and hosted by our friends at Darkroom Espresso. Photograph – Adonis Blue, one of the species benefiting from climate change (taken by Simon)

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