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Tackling Plastics in Church

posted 20 Sep 2018, 05:34 by Martyn Goss


David Curry, Exeter Diocese Environmental Advisor

Organisations across Plymouth are working together to tackle the issue of single use plastics and plastic pollution.

As Britain’s Ocean City we are only too aware of the effects of plastic pollution and want to do all we can to reduce the amount of waste and the devastating effect it can have on our environment.

In June this year Plymouth became the first city district to gain Plastic Free Community accreditation from campaign group Surfers Against Sewage and we are now working hard to achieve the same status for churches in the city.

As part of Season of Creation 2018 we held a workshop on the 15th September to look at why plastic is such a problem, what can be done about it and how individuals and churches can take part in the campaign.

Jackie Young, Environment Plymouth gave a talk on Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics and how we as individuals and churches can take part in this important campaign to reduce the amount of single use plastic used in the city and sign Plymouth’s Plastic Free Pledge 

We need to help turn the tide and reduce our dependency on single-use plastic.

We want to see Plymouth Sound teeming with living things, not with our rubbish.

Plymouth Churches Green Action support Plymouth’s Plan for Plastics. Will you?

There are lots of things you can do to help your local environment and help to tackle the scourge of single use plastics;-

As a starting point

Look at the ways of reducing your reliance on single-use plastics in the church kitchen like straws, disposable cups and plastic cutlery.

Buy a reuseable cup

You could buy one of the new One Plymouth / Britain’s Ocean City branded reuseable cups. These are available from a range of outlets in Plymouth or you can buy one on the One Plymouth website.

Take part in a litter pick

You could volunteer to do a litter pick in your local park or other green space. Visit  Plymouth City Council’s Volunteer with Nature web page for more information.

Do a beach clean

The National Marine Aquarium organise a number of beach cleans throughout the year and you can find out more on the National Marine Aquarium website.

Recycle all you can

In Plymouth, most hard plastic items – such as milk bottles, plastic food punnets, and a lot of plastic packaging – can be recycled. Research by WRAP has found that more than 50 per cent of bathroom items –such as shampoo and shower gel bottles – are thrown in the bin when they could in fact be recycled.

Think about the plastics you use at home and in your church and see what you can do to reduce it.

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