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Write to your MP – plastic legislation

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** There are two simple actions on this page to encourage MPs to implement the legislation that we urgently need to phase out plastic pollution. Friends of the Earth have produced a Plastic Pollution Bill to phase out plastics. It forms effective legislation to do so: End the use of non-essential single-use plastics by 2025. Progressively reduce the overall use of non-essential plastic in England. Prevent plastic pollution of the environment as a result of human activity as a result of human activity as far as is possible using the best practical means by 2042. Progressively eliminate plastics pollution from the environment and where it is not possible to prevent or eliminate pollution, the pollution must be minimised as far as is possible using the best practicable means. 1. Write to your MP. We have a template letter that you can cut[…]

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Litter Picks around Swindon

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** Litter picks are important for many reasons.  Waste, a large amount of it plastic, negatively affects local communities.  It is a blot on the landscape and, often, unhygienic.  It causes suffering for wildlife, such as birds who get caught up in it.  I have seen several examples of this locally including a swan who had partially swallowed some fishing line with a syringe attached, and pigeons with deformities from getting tangled in waste.  Picking up litter helps challenge the normalised culture of littering.  It is shown in practise to reduce the amount of litter that is dropped.  Hence it forms part of our campaign to educate and work together in order to reduce plastic pollution. We started the Plastic Free Swindon campaign for Plastic Free July in 2018 with a joint litter picker in Pinehurst with RSPCA North Wiltshire.  This was[…]

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Plastic Pollution Bill – template letter

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** You are welcome to use this template as a guide to write to your MP: Dear [Insert MP’s name] The impacts of plastic usage / pollution with regards to climate change and loss of biodiversity are being increasingly understood and are extremely concerning. I refer you to the detailed report by the Center For Environmental Law – https://www.ciel.org/plasticandclimate/. We urgently need legislation to stem the tide of plastic pollution and to control the use of hazardous chemicals often used in plastics. Plastic is being found in increasing levels in animals, waterways, land, food and humans. Toxic, unnatural chemicals persist in our environment, such as hormone disruptors and mutagens. They are responsible for disease and suffering. The government’s actions to tackle plastic straws, cotton buds and wet wipes is welcome. However those actions are greatly insufficient, allowing plastic pollution and chemical toxicity[…]

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Ecobricks Tips

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** Here’s a few tips that we hope that you will find useful: Watch the videos on the ecobricks website. Only use clean, dry, non-biodegradeable plastic. Any organic material can cause the bottle to explode. No metal / foil, as used in some crisp packets and sweet wrappers. Again, see the ecobricks website for further detail. Start with smaller bottles, if you have them. They are easier to get right. Intersperse the lighter plastic with the more rigid plastic to maximise the density. Start with lighter / easily crushable plastic. Scrunching it up a few times first makes it easier to compact in. Cut the more rigid plastic up and insert it in small layers. Weigh your bottle frequently to ensure that you achieve the correct density. If you are filling a bit at a time, make sure you compact the partly[…]

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Zero Waste Shop launch in Old Town

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** It’s a pleasure to announce that the new zero waste co-operative, Nude Foods, will be opening in Old Town on the 17th of April at 6pm in The Core, 4 Devizes Road, SN1 4BJ. Lesley Chandler who has led the setup of the initiative writes:”The most marvellous news is that we are collaborating with The Core in Old Town. Kris, the owner, has very generously offered a space to set up a zero-waste outlet within the café. This wonderful offer means we will be able to stock approximately 60 dry food products. Kris will also be selling fruit and veg, unwrapped of course. This is much more than our original plan for a pop-up shop. Not only that, but we will be open 6 days a week alongside the café. We want our project to be ‘for the community, by the[…]

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Pinehurst Litter Picks with RSPCA North Wiltshire

We launched Plastic Free Swindon with a litter pick jointly organised with RSPCA North Wiltshire. Since then, it has gone on to become a regular event. Around once a month, we spend three hours cleaning around Pinehurst. And there is a lot to clean up. Much of the rubbish has been there for years due to the lack of degradation of materials such as plastic. With council funding being removed by central government, there are less funds allocated towards keeping our communities clean. So we are taking responsibility and encouraging others to do the same. Looking after our environment is important for the well-being of animals and ourselves. RSPCA North Wiltshire understand this well from their work. SCAN are pleased to be working with the RSPCA towards common goals. We are / have been joined by other local groups such as Swindon Street Reps and Shine Pinehurst. Please join us,[…]

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Pinehurst Litter Pick – Feb 2019

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** 1:30 – 4pm, Sunday 17th February 2019. SCAN and RSPCA North Wilts were in Pinehurst again for the second litter pick there this year in what is to be a regular event, roughly each month. We cleaned again around some of the estates and woodland areas. At the end of the litter pick, we sort through the rubbish to recycle what we can. It’s a nice way to spend a Sunday, very rewarding. RSPCA North Wiltshire wrote this article for us about their work and the importance of reducing litter for the well-being of animals.  Further information can be found on their website and Facebook page. This event is part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign.

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Plastic Free Blogs

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** Room for one more New Year’s resolution? As part of our Plastic Free Swindon campaign, we asked some friends to share their experience of trying to go plastic free. Becky Cate Andy Sarah Lesley Ben Anna

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Pinehurst Litter Pick – January 2019

***Plastic Free Swindon can now be found at https://plasticfreeswindon.org*** 6th January 2019. We started 2019 as we intend to go on, with positive action. Three community organisations, RSPCA North Wiltshire, Swindon Street Reps and Swindon Climate Action Network, worked together to clear up litter as part of the Plastic Free Swindon campaign. There is rubbish all over Swindon, it’s so unnecessary. It injures animals, looks horrible and much of it needn’t have been made in the first place. Thanks to all involved for doing such an excellent job of clearing estate and woodland areas in Pinehurst. At the end of the litter pick, we sorted out the rubbish for recycling. Good job. The combination of community groups worked well and we intend to continue working together to brighten up Swindon for all. More litter picks to come… This event was covered in an article by the Swindon Advertiser.

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