Uttoxeter is working towards becoming a Plastic Free community, eradicating the unnecessary use of single use plastic.
Join us for a public open-to-all session that will explain the background of the national Plastic Free Community network and how we can roll this out in Uttoxeter to affect change locally and how you can get involved. Whether you are an eco-resident, a conscientious business person or a school educator – all are welcome.
The event will take place in the Waitrose Community Room on 5th June and the evenings running order is as follows:
7:10pm Presentation from Plastic Free Uttoxeter Community Leader.
7:40pm Q&A, feedback discussion
We live in a plastic world. It’s an extraordinarily useful, versatile, cheap material. And it’s everywhere. It’s a growth industry, with one in every ten barrels of oil now used to create new plastic.
Together, we can make sure we kick our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and change the system that produces it. We can make sure we don’t choke our streets, parks and playgrounds with it. Because if it’s on our street today, then it’s in our rivers tomorrow, and our beaches and oceans forever.
But we can only do all of this together. That’s why we have joined the national network of Plastic Free Communities to help make Uttoxeter single use plastic free.
#WorldEnvironmentDay #PlasticFree #PlasticFreeUttoxeter
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
The shop is the latest offering at Globe’s eco centre on the Bramshall Road, located on site at the Strawberry Garden Centre. The eco shop opens the doors to the public on Wednesday 3rd April and will host a variety of sustainable home and personal care products. Customers will also be able to bring their own containers and top up on items from shampoo to washing up liquid to dry food items such as pasta, flour and even locally made chocolate.
The shop will also be selling Litterbug products created on site at Globe’s very own craft workshop made by volunteer recycling champions. Every product is created from sustainable, recycled plastic that would have otherwise remained as litter or waste headed for landfill or incineration. Litterbug products will include clocks, clipboards, bowls and much more.
Globe Founder, Kate Copeland said “We are so pleased to be launching Uttoxeter’s first eco shop, We are working with a range of fantastic suppliers and artists to make this possible, including Roots Larder, who will now have a permanent stock at the shop.
“The eco shop will open on Wednesday with a smaller stock, that will gradually be built up for our official launch event on Good Friday. We hope to bring our community easy access to sustainable products and also support and guidance for achieving a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
“We are also proud to sell our hand-crafted products from our Litterbug workshop, no two items are the same and each product helps to keep plastic from polluting our environment. All profits generated from the shop we be reinvested in our community to help support environmental education programmes.”
Suppliers to the shop include NJ Clay a local artist and Roots Larder an established mobile shopping experience who is also opening another permanent location in Stafford.
Nigel Evans, Roots founder added “After providing a mobile shop service at the Uttoxeter Makers Market, I’m pleased to be now working with the Eco Centre and helping the community access a range of environmentally friendly products and ethically sourced whole foods. It’s exciting to be part of a great initiative that supports and engages residents and makes a huge impact at a local level.”
Globe is inviting local residents to come down and see all that the shop and eco centre have to offer at the official shop launch event on 19th April (Good Friday), the festivities will start at 2pm and guests will be able to enjoy a sparkling reception and have access to peruse the full range of products.
For more information about the shop, including opening times and product range, please visit globefoundation.org.uk/eco-shop
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 has been awarded £5,000 through the Tampon Tax Fund, to support women and girls to build skills and confidence, improve their health and wellbeing, and build social networks. Just one of us will use more than 11,000 disposable chemically-bleached sanitary products in a lifetime. There is a lot of attention in the […]
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 […]
We are pleased to announce our Eco Centre is now a collection point to recycle wrappers through TerraCycle UK‘s new Pladis Biscuits and Snacks Recycling Programme. TerraCycle have partnered with McVitie’s®, Carr’s®, Go Ahead® and Jacob’s® to create a free to use recycling programme for any brand of biscuit, cracker and cake wrappers, and a fundraising opportunity for […]
Following months of fundraising, consultation and planning, we are pleased to announce that we will be shortly starting work on site at our new location (on land next to the Strawberry Garden Centre, Bramshall Road) to create Uttoxeter’s first community-led Eco Centre and Recycling Facility. Pictured above is the layout that shows our four areas on […]
The Litterbug Plastics project will help to minimise this plastic waste by setting up a recycling workshop in Uttoxeter that turns the plastic litter (collected from the streets and other sources) into reusable everyday items for community benefit.
However, there are quite a number of things that plastic litter and waste can be turned into, we need your help and feedback to understand exactly what products our local community groups and charities need. We will be donating an amount of the products made to various charities and clubs, whilst selling the remaining items to help sustain the project and create job and skill opportunities.
Please complete the below survey to help us better understand what will make the most difference:
The Globe Foundation are delighted to announce the award of £10,000 to The Litterbugs Project, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All scheme. Being awarded National Lottery funding is a huge achievement and will really help the project to better serve its community.
The project aims to turn plastic litter and waste into viable upcycled products for community benefit. The grant will help the project to engage with local residents and community groups to better understand the local issues around littering and how to make sure the project makes a significant difference to the local area and its environment.
This funding brings the project ever closer to its £25,000 target, which has also been bolstered by gratefully received contributions by the local community and Uttoxeter Lions Club. The project is keen to raise its target by the end of the summer to enable the opening of The Litterbug Project workshop in early October 2018. The workshop will not only craft the litter into new products, but will also act as a community eco-hub to educate and share knowledge around bettering our habits when it comes to plastic waste.
The Litterbugs Project is hosting a fundraising event at Bear Coffee later next month on 20th July, to raise further awareness of the project, providing an opportunity for people to share their thoughts and ideas with Globe volunteers. The event is free to attend and will host live music from The Delta Echoes as well as a raffle and silent auction.
All of the money raised will not only help towards establishing the workshop but continue to support the litter picking efforts of the community volunteers, who give their time to help keep our streets clean and free from litter.
The next litter picking events will be held on the 29 Jul, 26 Aug and 23 Sep, for more information on any of the events mentioned, or to volunteer, please visit our events page.