Plastic Free Swindon – simple guide

We have put together this simple guide to reducing plastic. Working together, we can eliminate plastic pollution. This is a work in progress; as the campaign expands so, will it.

Plastic Pollution Action Plan placard

Friends Of The Earth and the National Association of Women’s Institutes have produced a Plastic Pollution Bill, a structured plan and timetable to eliminate plastic pollution. If implemented, it would be hugely beneficial. It currently has support from around 80 MPs but not from either of Swindon’s MPs. Please write to them urging them to do so. We have provided a template letter to help.

Refill Swindon reduces plastic water bottles by providing places for people to refill their reusable bottles. It is part of the growing international Refill scheme. Asking cafes, restaurants and pubs to support the scheme is a simple way to make positive change. Please contact us if you would like to help grow the scheme or would like to sign up.

Supporting zero waste, local, independent and organic has many benefits for the health of people, animals and the environment. Fortunately for Swindon, we have a couple of brilliant community shops that support these important aspects:

  • Nude Foods is the new zero waste co-operative, launched on April 17th 2019.
  • Founded in 1976, Swindon Pulse Wholefoods is a co-operative that sells a variety of local, organic produce, increasingly providing options for zero waste.

For ideas on reducing the amount of plastic we buy, please check out our plastic-free blogs and Friends of the Earth’s plastic-free website. Taking part in challenges such as Plastic Free July or Waste Free February are good ways to learn together and get some support whilst doing so.

Ecobricks are building blocks made from reused plastic which are used in community projects. Some places in the world have even built schools with them. There is a local group on Facebook and a detajled article on this website. We are currently using ecobricks for small projects such as raised flower beds. That may change in time depending on how many we receive.

Why not get involved in a litter pick? They can be fun, worthwhile, good exercise and a nice way to spend time with other people. They reduce the chance of injury to wildlife, domestic animals and people. They are also part of changing the unhealthy culture of littering that has become so prevalent. We have been doing regular litter picks with RSPCA North Wilts and CARIG as well as other one-off picks. Please contact us if you would like us to set one up in your area.

Greenpeace logo

A Deposit Return Scheme Ask the government to take strong action on plastic pollution by implementing a strong Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

Sharing information with friends and family, encouraging them to take action is simple and a great way to encourage change.

There is a Plastic Free Swindon Facebook page. And SCAN have a lively Facebook group and page as well as monthly meetings and events to get involved in.

Do you want to put on an event? Would you like us to give a presentation? Do you have an idea that might help? Please contact us.