You will keep seeing in the news about the need for us to waste less plastic. So what support is there to do this?
Tuesday 5th June was World Environment Day. This year the theme was #BeatPlasticPollution, however, in my opinion, every day is a chance to beat the plastic. I have touched on some of the simple ways to use less plastic in a previous blog post. If you do a bit of research, you can find many groups and charities to support. So in this blog post, I am going to be looking at some of the plastic free campaigns that I support. Most of these are UK based with the exception of the world environment day campaign which is a raising a more global awareness currently. Not only do these campaigns need our support but they are there to support us with websites full of information on going plastic free.
World Environment Day is used to encourage us all to learn more about the environments around us. It’s also a chance to promote more awareness of issues around the world. Every year has a theme; 2016 was #Wildforlife, focusing on wildlife crime. 2017’s theme was “I’m with nature”, encouraging us all to get out and engage with the natural world that surrounds us. 2018’s theme is #BeatPlasticPollution. Focusing on what we can do to help reduce the worlds plastic waste. There has been such a huge focus around this issue this year, it is good timing for world environment day to help drive the awareness further. I have seen that on world environment day, there has been a push for us to go #OneDayPlasticFree. A brilliant way to accompany the main campaign. I managed to go single-use plastic free that day by ensuring I used my lunchbox instead of clingfilm. Also taking my canvas shopping bag, and my reusable straws arrived too.
This campaign is one of the larger well known plastic free campaigns. It is run by Surfers Against Sewage, a well-known charity campaigning against single-use plastic. #PlasticFreeCoastlines is about ensuring the UK’s beaches and coastal towns fight the use of plastic waste. A team of SAS representatives work with the public to complete beach cleans, smartening up the sands by collecting tonnes of plastic waste from straws to fishing equipment. Recently they are using plastic free campaigns to get towns across the UK to become plastic free. So far there are around 90 locations trying to reach plastic free community status. Have a look on the SAS’s website to see what it is all about.
#PlasticPatrol and #PaddleAgainstPlastic
The #PlasticPatrol campaigns focus more on ridding the inland waters of litter and plastic. Paddleboarding around the UK’s canals and rivers this plastic free campaign arranges events where paddlers get together to clean up the waterways. It doesn’t matter whether you use a kayak, paddleboard or canoe as long as you can get involved in picking up the plastic. The founder of #PlasticPatrol is Lizzy Carr. She is known for her paddle boarding adventures and educating people on the damage of plastic pollution at the same time. The key point in #PlasticPatrol is to use nature and adventure to get people talking about plastic pollution.
Another plastic free campaign started by a paddle boarder is #PaddleAgainstPlastic. This time Cal Major, who in 2016 paddle boarded around Cornwall. All to raise awareness of the plastic washing up on the beaches. Actively working alongside the Surfers Against Sewage campaigns. The #PaddleAgainstPlastic is there to raise awareness of the marine pollution surrounding the UK. Again if you are a SUP boarder, kayaker or whatever else you paddle be sure to use these 2 hashtags when sharing you plastic finds on Twitter and Instagram!
This campaign is one I have only recently heard about. The Plastic Free Me group are running several plastic free campaigns at the moment including the plastic free parent challenge. However their #StopSucking campaign caught my attention instantly. Straws are a huge contributor to our oceans pollution. They are also one of the easiest single-use plastics to stop using. You can refuse to use a straw, have your own reusable straw or use alternatives such as paper straws. #StopSucking encourage you to post a photo of your last plastic straw or your new reusable ones to help raise awareness of plastic straw pollution. Also if you own a business they have campaign coasters that you can purchase you use in your restaurant, café or pub.
One of my top plastic free campaigns is the 2 Minute Beach Clean. It is such a simple idea that every time you are at the beach you collect every bit of plastic you see for 2 minutes. Not only do you clear up a pile of pollution, and help the environment. You can also raise awareness by posting your ‘plastic haul’ on their beach clean app or social media with the hashtag. If everyone did a mini beach clean every time they went, imagine the amount of rubbish that would be collected! This campaign is now spreading so not only coastal dwellers can get involved. Starting to spread inland there is the #2minutelitterpick that focuses on an green space, footpaths or anywhere plastic pollution is found. Be sure to keep an eye out for the boards too, as they have litter pickers that you can borrow to do your 2 minute clean.
Related Posts: Simple Ways To Use Less Plastic
Reusable Straws – https://www.plasticfreedom.co.uk/
Reusable Cup – https://ecoffeecup.eco/
So what are your favourite campaigns that support a plastic free world?
Or is there a campaign with a different focus that you love? I’d love to hear about them, so feel free to share them in the comments below!
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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