Plastic Free Newbury
CAMPAIGN: Plastic Free Newbury
Surfers Against Sewage have created a bold initiative to encourage a Plastic Free Community network within the UK. They are working to eradicate single-use plastic from beaches to green spaces, all the way back to the brands and businesses who create it.
We want to support and participate in this network which is why we have signed up to become a community ally in Newbury. We minimise plastic use at all points as much as possible throughout all our activities. For example, in our recent Lockdown woods project we removed the tree guards after one season to prevent pollution, and for additional guards we have only used reclaimed ones.
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CAMPAIGN: Paper over Plastic
Newbury Friends of the Earth is fighting back against unnecessary single use plastic! We are focusing on our shopping habits in supermarkets to replace plastic with paper alternatives, where possible.
We have campaigned at large supermarket stores such as Sainsbury's town centre store, gathering signatures to ban the use of plastics in their fruit and vegetable section as well as handing out free recycled paper bags for shoppers use instead.
Friends of the Earth Newbury gathers outside Sainsburys, Hector's Way, to promote their paper bag alternative
A shopper signs up for a petition against the use of plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable aisle of major supermarket stores.
The easiest way to join this campaign is with your own actions! Ditch the plastic on your shopping round and either buy loose fruit and vegetables or bring bags from home. Lobby supermarkets to supply more eco-friendly options, look out for any future protests we are holding, or send a letter directly to the company asking for change.
UPDATE AUGUST 2020
Newbury Friends of the Earth are celebrating the news that Tesco have decided to roll out paper bags to replace the plastic ones that have been used for those people self picking their fruit and vegetables.
Tesco are our biggest supermarket and any change they make has a huge impact on the environment. We wish to congratulate Tesco on this bold move which will make a major contribution to fighting plastic pollution.