My Plastic Free Blog – Helen

It initially seemed a not insurmountable problem- going plastic free for July. After all there were alternatives, weren’t there? I knew it would be much more difficult for the rest of my family as they are meat eaters whereas I’m not. I knew some things would be impossible; for instance, medication blister packs which are generally a combination of foil and plastic. Not much chance of getting those in bulk or loose. For everything else, surely it would be possible to avoid plastic for one month. The Changes I’ve Made So Far A trip to the usual supermarket was a bit of an eye opener when I counted only about 3 types of vegetables out of the 30 or so on offer that were not wrapped in plastic. Luckily an unsuspecting manager appeared and started checking some nearby items. So I challenged him on the requirement to wrap basic hard[…]

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My Plastic Free Blog – Anna

A few words about me I’m a bit of a womble (hate waste), and love nature! Never happier than when walking a coast path, breathing in the ocean, watching seals playing; or stomping around the Marlborough downs, around magical Avebury. Genuinely joyful at hearing birdsong, seeing bees and butterflies and picking raspberries straight from the bush. I have a deep respect for nature, and how very reliant we, as a species are on it, not just for our physical but also mental well-being. So taking the #PlasticFreeJuly challenge was a no-brainer, and having a group of colleagues at work who were willing to do the same definitely encouraged me to make a real effort. What did you do for Plastic Free July Tackled plastic around my food and in my toiletries for the most part. And had a lot of conversations about reducing single-use plastic and unnecessary packaging. Experienced some[…]

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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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