Plastic Free St Ives is part of large initiative set up by the Surfers Against Sewage called ‘Plastic Free Communities’. The aim of this is to reduce our towns contribution to the global plastic crisis, by reducing St Ives’ ‘single use plastic-footprint’. Now, it does not mean eliminating all plastic from our lives, however it does mean trying to eradicate the avoidable single-use culprits, which hopefully we are all becoming a little more familiar with (bags, straws, packaging etc.)
The initiative has been put in place to encourage the town to strive for a ‘Plastic – Free’ status, and businesses to achieve their own land mark of being ‘Plastic – Free Champions.’
For a town to be recognised as ‘Plastic – Free’, they must successfully meet five objectives posed by the Surfers Against Sewage. The team at Plastic Free St Ives shared these objectives with us, and they are as follows:
- Organise Plastic Free St Ives steering group
- Gain the support of local business
- Gain the support of local community organisations and groups
- Organise local events
- Gain official support of the local town council
St Ives has successfully completed 3/5 of these, and the town is striving to reach the full 5/5 and gain the accreditation by the end of 2019. The three that St Ives has under its belt is 1) The organisation of a Plastic Free St Ives steering group, 3) Gained the support of local businesses and 5) Gained the official support of the local town council.
The criteria that Plastic Free St Ives shared with us, inspired us to compile this article to help spread the word of his vital campaign, and reflect on our own practices to see what we can do to help.