Written by Kate Copeland, Founder
After recently reading an interesting article about the plastic packaging paradox by Tim Harford, it gave me food for thought, quite literally and also made me mull over the term ‘plastic free’. Plastic in its entirety has a terrible reputation but we cannot just react and remove it, deeming ourselves plastic free without thought for the consequences.
It may surprise people to hear I’m not a huge fan of the term ‘plastic free’, it’s misleading, it should be ‘single and minimal use plastic free’ – granted, that’s not so catchy! My point is, the best among us couldn’t remain plastic free… we have a phones, laptops with plastic parts, you might use a plastic asthma inhaler or plastic medical implants, as with anything else, it’s about how we responsibly use the tools we are given and then ensuring they are recycled or reused at the end of their lifespan.
Sadly, we all know there isn’t a quick fix to the plastic epidemic but we need to arm ourselves with enough knowledge to make sure we can adapt as things change and we learn to live without plastic.
For instance in Mr. Harford’s article he mentions how plastic wraps minimise food waste, if we remove one problem, we create another. Whilst the article is referring more to the industry supply chain waste, we need to look at what we can do at home to help, for instance if a cucumber wrapper is removed and the cucumber starts to turn sooner after purchase, keep it in a glass of water in the fridge to naturally prolong its shelf life. These aren’t permanent solutions but small tid bits of advice like this all helps minimise environmental disruption while industries figure out a sustainable balance for eco alternatives that support the bigger picture (which we can also influence with our purchasing choices).
On reflection, perhaps the term shouldn’t be ‘Plastic Free’ but instead ‘Plastic Freedom’, freedom from the plastics we should live without and freedom to use reusable plastics that we manage responsibly in the interim of change.
#AdaptToChange #ChangeWhatsInYourControl #BigPicture #PlasticFreedom #SmartAction #SustainableShopping
Sunday saw Uttoxeter’s largest ever litter pick with 110 volunteers attending the meet at Bramshall Park, with a further 17 volunteers in the neighbouring village of Kingstone. The litter picks were part of the Uttoxeter Spring Clean, organised by The Globe Foundation and Rotary Club of Uttoxeter.
The collective team of residents and local groups managed to clear an amazing 3300 litres of general waste and 1100 litres recyclable materials from the market town’s streets, that would have otherwise sat polluting the environment.
The event also garnered support from organisations including headline sponsors Wilko, and members from the East Staffordshire Police, Army Cadets and East Staffordshire Borough Council.
Kate Copeland, founder of The Globe Foundation commented “We are delighted with the turn out at the event and how supportive the whole community has been. This was a particularly special litter pick for us being the anniversary of our first pick, we’ve gone from 6 volunteers to 127 in a year!
“Our volunteer group was made up of families, neighbours and friends, they all did an incredible job and the town of Uttoxeter can be very proud of their achievement”.
“We hope their efforts inspire other communities to follow suit and we wish other Great British Spring Clean groups all the best for their planned litter picks in the coming weeks.”
This initiative was part of a wider national campaign the Great British Spring Clean that encourages communities to get involved, get together and get rid of local litter. National organisers Keep Britain Tidy and Daily Mail use this annual campaign to drive national awareness and action aiming to reduce the littering epidemic that is widely evident across the UK.
To find out if there is a litter pick happening near you, check the Great British Spring Clean map at keepbritaintidy.org
#GBSpringClean #UttoxeterSpringClean #LitterHeroes #LitterPick
The Litterbug Project has won £9,840 for its community recycling facility, following an announcement this week by the Aviva Community Fund. Globe’s Litterbug Project which is based on-site at the Globe Eco Centre, will help to minimise plastic waste and litter in the local environment through a community education and recycling centre. The project will […]
The Globe Foundation and the Rotary Club have joined forces to coordinate a town-wide litter pick of Uttoxeter for this year’s Great British Spring Clean.
The Uttoxeter Spring Clean will take place on 24th March, with the aim of attracting 100 volunteers to take part in the litter picking event, which would be the largest clean up ever held in Uttoxeter. The litter pick will then be followed by a community picnic to celebrate the efforts of all involved.
Kate Copeland, Director of The Globe Foundation, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with the Rotary Club on this event. Litter is a widespread problem and we are hoping that this huge effort to clear the town, will help deter people from littering in future.
“For instance, the most common item of litter we find is cigarette butts, whilst small, they are toxic and help to poison our local waterways and wildlife but through the mass litter pick we will help remove lot of pollutants from our streets, making it cleaner and safer for the families and residents of the town.”
Last year, Globe had a team of 42 local volunteers that collected an amazing 27 bags of litter. Since then, a monthly litter pick has been established with residents and community groups helping to clear the streets of the well-known market town.
President of Uttoxeter Rotary, Anita Thomas-Epple commented “As President my focus this year is sustainability and reducing the amount of waste, especially single-use plastic, in our communities. My husband and I often collect litter and discarded waste on walks and I so wanted to involve Rotary and the wider community on a large litter pick this spring.
“It is fantastic to collaborate with Kate and The Globe Foundation who already have been doing great work in Uttoxeter to clean up our streets and parks. We hope the people of Uttoxeter will join us on the 24th to make a huge contribution to the Great British Spring Clean.”
The Uttoxeter Spring Clean is part of the national movement, the Great British Spring Clean, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and the Daily Mail. The spring clean brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep and in 2018 around 370,000 #LitterHeroes collected more than 630,000 bags of rubbish.
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The Great British Spring Clean is an opportunity for the millions of people who care about the environment on their doorstep to do something positive that will make a visible difference.
“We are delighted that The Globe Foundation and Rotary Club are supporting this year’s campaign and would like to thank them for their support.
“Without groups like this across the country giving the campaign their backing, our volunteers would not be able to do the incredible job they do.”
To find out more about the Uttoxeter Spring Clean or to register yourself and/or your organisation or community group team, please visit www.globefoundation.org.uk/gbsc
Yesterday Globe became the proud owner of a brand new hydroponic kit by HydroVeg, to support education and volunteer programmes. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water without soil. Minerals and nutrients are added to the water so the plants produce fruits and vegetables all year round.The kit provides an innovative way of growing vegetables […]
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Every year countless pieces of crisp packets end up in landfill sites across the UK. The Globe Foundation are working with TerraCycle® to put an end to this enormous loss of resources. The Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme allows us to recycle your crisp packets and prevent them from ending up in landfill. Not only are […]
The Globe Foundation are delighted to announce that we have been awarded an EnviroGrant to help support The Litterbugs Project – to help us turn plastic litter and waste into useful items of social value. More than £10,000 was presented to community groups at an EnviroGrant Awards ceremony. We were one of 16 local groups […]
This weekend saw the launch of Staffordshire’s first ever Eco Centre, based in Uttoxeter. The Eco Centre is on site at The Strawberry Garden Centre, Bramshall Road, facilities include a Community Drop-In Lounge, an Eco Training Room and a Plastics Recycling Workshop, surrounded by a small community and sensory garden area. The opening celebrations kicked […]