My Plastic Free Blog – Ben

About Me I’m an organiser with SCAN and am coordinating the Plastic Free Swindon campaign. I have been an active campaigner for the last four years and am dedicated to making positive change. It has given my life much purpose. Besides campaigning, I love to sing and play guitar around Swindon. Spread the love, as a good friend always says. I make further considerations when buying products which have made the transition to being plastic-free more difficult. I buy almost entirely from independent, local shops as I recognise the many benefits of doing so. I only buy vegan produce so as not to cause suffering to animals. And I mostly buy local organic produce – good for the environment and local people / economy. Good for me. Changes Made So Far: I now keep my diet fairly simple by buying whole foods. It is cheaper and healthier than buying processed[…]

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My Plastic Free Blog – Lesley

About Me My name is Lesley. I am a 59 year old grandmother from Swindon. I can’t remember the exact moment I decided to start reducing plastics. It’s been bothering me more and more over the last year or two. I was shocked to learn about the plastic recycling myth and that so little plastic is actually able to be recycled. Before then I hadn’t considered the impact of the UK’s large scale shipping of plastic waste across the world and that it is not truly known what happens to it. Having your plastic picked up from the doorstep lulls you into a false sense of security. I blindly believed that plastic was properly recycled. How wrong I was! Our out of control use of plastic is totally mad. We are ruining our planet. During my lifetime we have gone from hardly anything wrapped in plastic to today where it[…]

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My Plastic Free Blog – Sarah

About me Project Manager in green tech, political activist and busy mum of three girls. Part of an extended family who is passionate about the environment. Decided to give Plastic Free July a go in 2018 to see what changes consumers can make alone, and where we need manufacturers and supermarkets to make the big changes. Given the number of plastic-free gifts I received for Christmas, these campaigns seem to be making waves! The Changes I’ve Made So Far In preparation for going plastic-free in July we stopped buying milk in plastic bottles and now have ours delivered in glass bottles three-times weekly. Even when we moved house, we took our delivery with us. Beeswax wrap for sandwiches and for covering food in the fridge is another habit we have changed. It isn’t perfect but it does the job and my sister-in-law actually made us a new wrap by soaking[…]

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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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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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Letter Writing

As part of on-going campaign work, SCAN keeps in touch with our local MPs, and sometimes other decision-makers, to ensure that the subject of climate change remains on their ‘radar’. We held a letter-writing workshop in the run up to the last General Election and sent these to each of the candidates standing for election.  Further workshops will be announced and will be open to anyone who would like to write to their MP on sustainability or climate change issues. They are a great opportunity to share knowledge about the current key sustainability issues and to get help with facts or format for your letter. Please let us know if there is a pressing issue that you think we should address, either by email – or by coming along to one of our meetings, Green Drinks or other events.

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Want to work with SCAN on one of our priority issues?

Our Network Mapper, Jo, has been working hard to identify other groups in Swindon with whom SCAN could collaborate on the 3 key issues we plan to focus on this year – those of Home Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Transport, and Sustainable Food. Her sterling work has already raised a number of possibilities – but if you are an individual or member of a group which has an interest in any of the above three areas we’d love to hear from you so do please get in touch by email or via the facebook page.

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Shop differently – 5 simple tips

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the basic mantra of sustainable living, but we all have to buy *some* stuff to get by. Even on our weekly shop the choices we make can make a difference to our environmental impact. You might already do all of this, but just in case you don’t, here are 5 simple tips to help reduce your environmental impact as you shop… Stick to your list. You’ve probably said this to yourself before, and you were right. We often chuck a few extra things into the basket, thinking they might be handy later, but how often does that little bit extra end up in the bin when you discover it in the back of the cupboard weeks later, long past its use-by date? Only buy what you need. Everyone likes a bargain, and very often a ‘family pack’ or a 50% extra deal looks like a great[…]

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