Plastic Free Swindon – simple guide

We have put together this simple guide to reducing plastic. In this way, we can work together to overcome plastic pollution.

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. We have a number of activities on for Plastic Free July 2019.

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 shops that support those 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, providing options for zero waste.

Ecobricks are building blocks made from reused plastic which are used in community projects. The Plastic Free Swindon campaign will use ecobricks as a way to demonstrate the need to reduce plastic usage towards zero waste. Get involved with the Ecobricks Swindon group.

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 somehow become acceptable. We have regular litter picks with RSPCA North Wilts and CARIG. Please contact us if you would like to set one up.

We urgently need legislation on plastic to stem the tide of pollution. Friends Of The Earth have produced a Plastic Pollution Bill to do just that. It has growing support from MPs. Sadly, neither of Swindon’s MPs currently supports the Bill. Please write to them urging them to do so. We have provided a template letter to help.

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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 vital if we are to make the necessary changes towards ending plastic pollution.

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.