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News from Environment Plymouth June 2018

We did it !

A massive vote of thanks goes to the 70 plus businesses pioneers and community ambassadors (including some churches) whose pledges secured Plastic Free Community status for the Waterfront last week…just in time for the launch of the citywide Plan for Plastics on the evening of Friday 8th June…..and to Jackie Young, Penny Tarrant and the Working Group members who worked so hard to get there !

Plymouth’s Waterfront is the first ‘city district’ in the UK to secure the status and, on World Ocean’s day we shared this with Chepstow in Gwent and Lake Huron in Canada – highlighting how global this campaign has become. Over 130 people attended the event at Plymouth Dome that saw the promotion of Britain’s Ocean City (BOC)’s Plan. Environment Plymouth hopes to be leading the AVOID category of the Plan that will tackle community engagement and we’ll be continuing the promotion of the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) template so that we can recruit enough support to extend the Plastic Free status to the whole of the city as soon as possible.

The other categories in the Plan; Innovate, Recycle and Connect will be led by BOC Task Group members. Gratitude goes to both South West Water and Sea-Changers whose sponsorship is helping all this to happen.

Join us if you can for a Plastic Free Picnic on Saturday July 7th, from 3.30pm at the Liner Lookout Café on the Hoe.

We are now looking for all sorts of feedback on plastic free events, local suppliers, local successes, new Pioneers and Ambassadors and good news stories in general.

See the Environment Plymouth Facebook Group page for more info :


Ideas for how you too can reduce your single-use plastic waste either at home or at church:

  • Toilet rolls always seem to come in plastic packaging but there is a fantastic company with an amazing sense of humour – Who Gives A Crap – have a look at their website here https://uk.whogivesacrap.org/pages/our-impact
  • This is their own intro: We’re determined to prove that toilet paper is about more than just wiping bums. We make all of our products with environmentally friendly materials, and we donate 50% of our profits to help build toilets for those in need.

Did you know?

More people in the world have mobile phones than toilets.

Think about that next time you’re texting on the loo!


And it all comes in such pretty packaging too…

  • Consider reverting to using the old-fashioned bar of soap instead of liquid soap in a plastic bottle – locally available in paper wrappers in the Body Shop and Lush
  • Similarly, kitchen roll comes in plastic, but again there is Ecoleaf, also available in Ethica which has a compostable wrapper…. They do produce toilet rolls too if you prefer them to the ones above.
  • At home try soap nuts instead of detergent in your washing machine – soap nuts are actually dried fruit shells which contain real natural soap and are 100% completely natural, a non-polluting, compostable, alternative to conventional laundry detergents and synthetic soaps. No fillers, foaming agents, bleach, phthlates, phosphates or parabens.They contain a natural soap called saponin, which is released when they come into contact with water. They help free dirt and grime from clothes and help carry it away. This is how all synthetic detergents work … These are available in Ethica in the city centre – a bag or £3.99 should do 25 – 30 washes, but they are available in other places too I’m sure, and definitely online. They are much lighter to carry than powder or liquid too!

Other things to consider could include:

  • Milk deliveries in glass bottles
  • Shampoo bars (solid conditioners and shower soap also available)
  • Wax wrappers for food instead of cling film