working towards plastic free status
We are a community of like minded people who are working with local businesses, schools and community groups to help them to remove single-use plastic from their operations.
Plastic is a growing global issue, every year over 8 million tonnes of plastic waste makes it way into the world’s oceans. Much of this is single-use plastic which is both unnecessary and easily prevented.
Plastic Free Community Status is awarded by Surfers Against Sewage who recognise communities that have made significant steps towards reducing their single-use plastic.
We hope that you will join us in trying eliminate unecessary plastic in our community.
WHAT DOES ‘PLASTIC FREE’ MEAN?
It is a misconception that we are trying to ban or eliminate all plastic. This is simply not possible. Plastic it a lightweight and versatile material that has been revolutionary for many aspects of our lives such as healthcare, hygiene and safety.
It’s all about single use plastic
We would like to educate and encourage individuals and businesses to rethink their use of single use plastic. Single use plastic is anything that is usually only used once, generally as a convenience. We have given a list of examples, but there are many, many more.
Plastic Free Hersham works with people to identify current plastic that could be removed or replaced with a suitable alternative. Our recommendations are based on extensive experience and research and we always look at the sustainability, affordability and suitability before making any suggestions.
Examples of single use plastic
take-away coffee cups
bottles of drink
individual milk portions
baby / wet wipes
plastic cable ties
Are you a Hersham business looking to reduce your plastic?
Pledge to remove 3 single use plastic items from your business and become part of our business list.