Plastic Workshop, 24 May 2018
Volunteer Becky ran a plastic workshop for HomeEd children asking and answering the question What? Why? and How? The session began with a group discussion to discover what we know about plastic. Real life problem scenarios were then distributed for groups to tackle including a council worker concerned that public recycling bins in town centres aren’t working, a father not sure what to put in his children’s lunch boxes and a business women who just loves her takeout coffee routine. The workshop then rounded off watching a video of arctic based toxicology scientist, Emily Hill, answering their pre-sent questions on plastic pollution in the arctic. It was the first workshop Plastic Free Worcester has run and was an informative experience for everyone.
Go Green Week, 21 April ‘18
For Go Green Week Zero Waste Worcestershire and Plastic Free Worcester ran a stall in Crowngate. Volunteers engaged in lots of conversations with members of the public over the issue of plastic waste and new connections were made. We had a show-and-tell table of objects that help to reduce single-use packaging use; an interactive poster of the River Severn with a selection of cut out fish to write plastic-free lifestyle tips on and stick on the poster; and flyers with information of what we’re doing and website links.
Action plan chat, 20 March ’18
An open to all meeting at the Hive Library’s cafe to discuss next steps in the campaign. Here is a a link to the minutes:
Action plan chat – 20 March ’18
Kim and Becky met up at the Pump House Environment Centre Cafe to discuss first steps in the Plastic Free Worcester journey. It was a positive chat that focused on how to build upon and collaborate with the organisations and individuals who are already working towards a sustainable Worcester. Worcester has a great foundation for this type of work!
We decided to focus this month’s efforts on researching five ways businesses can cut back on single-use plastic. We are going to go away and research straw policies in eateries and possible paper straw and paper bag suppliers, promotional material as an alternative to balloons and plastic-free tea bags. We plan to collate this information into a leaflet to discuss with businesses in the coming months.
We also talked about: developing a window sticker/poster for businesses who cut back on their single-use plastic as a way of positive promotion; collaborating with litter pick groups in Worcester; and plastic-free merchandise we could sell at Go Green Week on 21 April to raise money for Surfers Against Sewage.