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CrowdLeaf Newsletter 19th February 2018

Welcome to the CrowdLeaf newsletter! We have some great news, some not so good news and some work that is in progress. As always share your stories. Campaigns and more with us and we will try and include it in the next newsletter.

The War On Plastic and Recycling

BBC To Ban Single Use Plastic By 2020

NIEA Seal’s First Prosperity Agreement With Social Enterprise

Newport Recycling And Waste Plant Moves A Step Closer

Climate Change And Pollution

Labour MP Says Adani Mine Would Displace Jobs And Sabotage Paris Targets

Want to Monitor Air Pollution? Test A Pigeon

Don’t Feed The Fatberg! What A Slice Of Oily Sewage Says About Modern Life

Energy

Bill Shorten Says There’s A ‘Role For Coal’ And Adani Mine Just ‘Another Project’

The Village That Took On The Frackers

How Labour’s Energy Spending Spree Has Electrified The South Australian Elections

Wildlife And Conservation

Marine Scientists Urge Protection For Endangered Shellfish Reefs

Dramatic Decline In Borneo’s Orangutang Population As 150,000 Lost In 16 Years

Should We Give Up Half Of The Earth To Wildlife?

Rare Butterfly Found Breeding In Scotland For The First Time In 130 Years

The Winners Of Underwater Photographer Of the The Year 2018

“It’s Given The Children A Love Of Wildlife”: The Schools Letting Nature In

Sustainability

This Distillery Tackles Food Waste By Turning Stale Cake Into Vodka

Science, Politics And The Quest To Secure Africa’s Sustainable Food Future

Environment

Pollution Blights UK Seagrass Meadows

Keep Your Eyes On The Skies This Year!

Events

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Economy For The Common Good Portsmouth 21st February

Zero Waste Portsmouth Month Monthly Meeting 23rd February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Here is Southampton’s list on what to put into your blue lid recycling bin: What Can I Recycle?

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

See you next time!

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 14th February

Welcome to this CrowdLeaf Newsletter and Happy Valentines Day from the CrowdLeaf team! 

In that fashion, lets remember that we achieve more together than alone.  This valentines, were with you and together we are more.

This week comes with some great news that Scotland is planning to ban plastic straws by the end of 2019 – and more on plastic, conservation, green issues and ways for you to get involved.

Events

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Sustainable Business Network Events – Changes To Env Management Systems – 23rd March

Marwell Zoo – New Tropical House – See How A Renewable Energy Scheme Works – 16th March

New Forest – Spring Clean

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

 

 Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

As you have read this far… :

Try – Air Water Trees Animals (ATWA) by System of a Down or Puscifer –The Humbling River

(Listen to the lyrics)

 

CrowdLeaf Newsletter – Innovation, Mitigation and Conservation – 10th February 2018

Often the terms we on the sustainability front use, or band about such as the fight on plastic, battle on emissions and the plague of plastic… I could go on. These words are littered throughout our vocabulary as sign of acknowledgment. This edition of the now very regular  newsletter (twice weekly) is to focus not just on problems but on the Innovations, the mitigations and the workon conservation. After all  it’s fantastic to see so many big companies making huge efforts to change. We have been working on contacting and pushing business and councils and will continue to do so, but by sharing the positive news on firms ditching plastics or divesting from fossil fuels or who are now fighting a difficult battle to reverse the severe damage that has been caused.

We have a great guest piece by Mar Introini – For A Plastic Free Revolution We Need New Lenses, which can be viewed here.

It is important to educate our children what and how to recycle, encouraging their interest for the natural world and how to look after it. Check out local nature groups in your area to join in with. Click Here for a great informative recycling website for both older and younger children.

If anyone would be interested in trying out the new Scandinavian trend – Plogging – we would be interested to form a local group just drop us an email using the email addresses in the Contact Us section at the bottom of the page.

Please join us in signing the petition to help the WWF Stop Ivory Trade in the UK.

The War Against Plastic

Asda Scraps 5p Plastic Bags

UK Could Adopt Strict Norway Plastic Bottle Recycling System

Best In Glass – Can The Return Of The Milkround Help Squash Our Plastic Problem

Climate Change And Pollution

These Young Columbians Are Suing The Government Over Climate Change

Bankok Air Pollution Warning – Children asked To Stay Indoors

Energy

BP Aims To Invest More In Renewables And Clean Energy

Aviva Under Fire For Pouring 370m Into Polish Coal Industry

Sustainability

Harley Davidson Is Officially Releasing Their Electric Motorcycle In 2019

Living Ink – Biodegradable Ink Made from Algae

High School Invent Solar-Powered Tents For Homeless Community

Wildlife and Conservation

Britain Population Halves Since Millennium Report Finds

How Billions Of Ants Have Been Reshaping London Park

 A Giant Manta Ray Washed Up In A Fishing Net

Stripes Of Wildflowers Across Farm Fields Could Cut Pesticide Spraying

Environment

Melting Arctic Permafrost Could Release Tons Of Toxic Mercury

 

Events

Greenpeace Show The Love Southampton Common – 11th February

Meet The Rangers At Weston Shore – 11th February

Walpole Park Community Litter Pick 11th February

“What About Clean Growth” – Dr Alan Whitehead 13th Februray

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

 Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

 

 

As you have read this far… :

Try – Air Water Trees Animals (ATWA) by System of a Down or Puscifer –The Humbling River

(Listen to the lyrics)

For a plastic free revolution we need new lenses by @MarIntroini

A simple question – one in which Mar asked me (@rwscarter- Ryan) about recently while I was on the radio, what is more important? Education or Innovation?

Well here is her answer.

 

A matter of Education or Innovation: which “lenses” come first? For a real plastic free revolution we need a solid educational framework that shapes habits and attitudes for finally building a new green culture. Parallel to this process is Innovation on technology, an essential element and an ally for green goals.

We need to be educated to adapt effectively to the new challenges by changing habits and at the same time innovate and make this process easy and sustainable within a world that moves through digitalization. A green future should be based on Education and Innovation and also through an innovative educational framework that delivers values around protection to the environment.

Let´s have a look at some data to wake up to a devastating reality around the environment and in particularly in relation to plastics:

An estimated of 12 million barrels of oil is required to produce the plastic bags used in US each year.

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021*

Around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away*

More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year*

Alarming figures that wake up our society to a new sensible issue that demands action not only in terms of business options but also on a complete reshape of our lifestyle and system. A revolution….

Now, the system moves through a legal framework, is it possible to make a revolution against plastics without a complete reform of the legal system? Even if private initiatives are dominating the stage of the green market is it not enough and we need a full commitment from the public sector and definitely a new ambitious legal status.

Is precisely legislation that boosts a green way of doing business although always with the support of bottom up initiatives. Which is clear is that we cannot rely only on the latest and the progress would come from top down strategies that display commitment and structure for a system change.

We need leaders with vision, -not necessary visionary- but with the political will to make a change. Not only for cancelling the “plastic industry” but to give alternatives that reconvert the sector into a new and productive industry able to reinvent themselves with innovation and creativity. Is it here that the political support becomes paramount in terms of investment on innovation. From the side of the plastic misuse and irresponsible consumption we must be focused on educating individuals and change their lifestyle no matter the influence of the public sector. The private sector could play a very important role on changing cultural habits by using the speed of social media and the powerful influence of a global structure. Multinationals are key actors to implement new practices and develop new individual habits on an equal impact around the world. In which cultures are not a burden but the necessary complementary element.

Even if political support is a very important factor to take into account, U.S. is a good example that is not necessary essential, which is definitely very important is a legal framework that allows the continuity of pursuing Green goals. The focused policies from Mr. Trump against the own existence of climate change and the investment on clean energies have exposure the power of individual action from millions of citizens in America that want to fight back and are achieving green results with or without public support. This rebellion from the citizenship (coming from all the Political parties) gives the green revolution a new boost and a new vision in which the center of the initiatives are not public. That is precisely what we need for a results-driven strategy against plastics: the determination and awareness from the citizens to make a change of their traditional lifestyle on an almost anarchic basis.

Despite the traditional standardization of concepts, habits and business we must make the effort of “seeing green” where others are not able to do so. The environment depends on this individual option of delivering clean practices. Is our responsibility and empower us to become active agents for change.

Vision it´s important to see the devastating impact of plastics in oceans and in our lifestyle, however there is an even more important element that is awareness and information. Both are missing and clearly the data is not coming from the pubic sector but from an active and engage civil society.

Its ‘a historical momentum for a radical change of the “lenses” of mistaken traditions and move towards a new vision on green, with or without public support.

*http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/iceland-plastic-free-packaging-own-brand-products-recycling-pollution-environment-a8161081.html

* SDG´s 12+14= the panoptic for plastic waste

*https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/28/a-million-a-minute-worlds-plastic-bottle-binge-as-dangerous-as-climate-change

*https://www.plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

CrowdLeaf Newsletter – The Importance Of Water – 6th February 2018

 This week we are looking at the importance of water.

With unusual seasonal patterns for 3 consecutive years due to climate change, the people of Cape Town are facing severe water shortages.

Lakes are drying up, the environment is struggling and peoples businesses are under threat due to the drought. It is only a matter of time before people’s health is affected if not already.

How much more of a wake up call to people need to face the effects climate change and see that it is really happening?

If you are interested to know the air quality around your area check out the Pollution Tracking Tools at the bottom of the newsletter.

There are some brilliant events coming up such as Moonlight Owl Prowl in Bordon, Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz – so come a long and put your knowledge to the test! Community litter picking and beach cleans are also coming up too.

If you missed out on our previous newsletters you can find them on our Forum Posts. Alternatively, if you would rather have them sent to your email please contact us and we will be happy to do that like many other regular readers – Do not miss out on a green story event or

Please join us in signing the petition to help the WWF Stop Ivory Trade in the UK.

 

The Importance Of Water –

Day Zero Cape Town Turns Off Taps?

Drinking Water From The Air

Let Cape Town Revolutionise The Way We Think About Water

 

And lets not forget the great article by our regular contributor from Spain Mar Introini who wrote about water equality for us a little while ago. You can read her piece here.

Climate Change And Pollution

Pollution From UK Shipping Is Four Times Higher Than Previously Thought

How Bill Gates Aims To Clean Up The Planet

Green Brexit Is Impossible To Guarantee Say Tory Mep’s

Energy

TFL To Make Bus Stations And Offices More Energy Efficient With Solar Power

Blackcraig Windfarm Set To Go Live

Wildlife and conservation

Whale and Shark Species At Increasing Risk From Microplastic Pollution

‘Outrageous’ Gold Rush-Style Grab Of Public Lands

Nigel – The Lonely New Zealand Gannet – Dies 

 

Events

“What About Clean Growth” – Dr Alan Whitehead 13th Februray

CleanAir Network Launch 7th February

Walpole Park Community Litter Pick 11th February

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Meet The Rangers At Weston Shore – 11th February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

 Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

 

 

As you have read this far… :

Try – Air Water Trees Animals (ATWA) by System of a Down or Puscifer –The Humbling River

(Listen to the lyrics)

CrowdLeaf Newsletter 2nd February 2018

Welcome to the CrowdLeaf Newsletter, what a week, we have done so much and the green community is going from strength to strength.

In this CrowdLeaf Newsletter we will start with what we have been involved with, including supporting  a campaigin to end plastics in Supermarkets, we have a a great piece written by Simon Goldsmith who started the petition for supermarkets to stop using non-recyclable food packaging. We at CrowdLeaf fully support the aims of this petition so please join us in signing and supporting this great campaign! Ryan was on VoiceFM 103.9FM on Thursday doing his usual monthly radio show,a version of which can be found here.

For locals in members in Southampton, please look out for the Recycling Mixed Banks In Southampton to make sure you do your bit to recycle everything you can and regardless of where your based you can keep an eye out for bins like this. Councils are getting the message, if ti can be recycled it should. Crowdeaf also ask you encourage your work places to tackle to problem too, its never been easier to ditch plastic cups, as so many workplaces now are, maybe your teams could bring their own or the company could invest in long life products instead of disposable ones,  labeled mugs or glass alternatives all of which are reasonably priced.

There are some great events coming up so if you fancy helping out or learning a bit more about the environment etc take a look at our events section. which follows these news stories.

Climate change and Pollution

London Reach’s Legal Air Pollution Limit Just One Month Into The New Year

Future Technology Cannot Rescue Mankind – Climate Change Experts Say

BP Charging Points For Electric Cars At UK Petrol Stations

Energy

Quants Uses Mustard Seeds In First Ever Bio-fuel Flight Between Australia And US

UK Electricity Use Falling Economy Weather

Wildlife, Conservation and Environment

Yorkshire Water Pledge To Plant 1 Million Trees

Hong Kong Bans Ivory Trade In ‘Historic’ Vote

For more on Tusks and the Ivory Trade we carried a piece recently from Lara which can be seen here.

Lobsters And Crabs Should Not Be Boiled Alive – Say Campaigner’s

Events

Greenpeace campaigning Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary 4th February

CleanAir Network Launch 7th February

Walpole Park Community Litter Pick 11th February

Greenpeace Meeting And Quiz 20th February

Meet The Rangers At Weston Shore – 11th February

Sholing Valleys Volunteer Day 25th February

Weston Shore Beach Clean 25th February

Moonlight Owl Prowl 1st March

Great British Spring Clean 2nd March

Lepe Beach Clean 3rd March

Handy Websites

Something we look to help businesses do in the future. If you are a business that is in the waste(not) business please get in touch –Mixed Plastic Banks In Southampton

Pledge Your Commitment To Improving Hampshires Recycling Habits

Hampshire Recycling

This brilliant website gives tips and ideas about food waste and how to reduce it.

Love Food Hate Waste

Organic Veg Box Finder – Soil Association

Instead of throwing out or bagging up (to gather dust) all those clothes children quickly grow out of this is a brilliant website to buy or sell unwanted children clothes. It is run by a busy mum who also knows what it’s like with ever growing children and the endless amount of clothes children accumulate.

‘Last year a quarter of the clothing we got rid of was simply thrown away. That’s a staggering 300,000 tonnes that went into landfill. So many of those items could have been re-used and enjoyed by a another child, instead of contributing to the destruction of the planet.’

Loopster

 Contact us!

Please join us on Facebook, like and share with fellow environmental and wildlife enthusiasts where we will keep you up to date with climate change, sustainable and wildlife and conservation news and anything else green.

We would also like to start adding a directory to our newsletter, making it more accessible for everyone to gain information, join other environmental groups or eco-friendly businesses that sell eco-friendly products. If you or someone you know are interested, please contact us. We can also help advertise and advise on any campaigns and fundraising events, with the option to advertise on our webpage, facebook and newsletters.

Equally if you have an article or blog which is relevant to the local or global cause of making the world cleaner and greener or feel there is an issue that could be part of a discussion, then feel free to send it over and we can publish it.

Contact us via our website:

http://crowdleaf.org.uk/

Look us up on Facebook or drop us an email:

vicky@crowdleaf.org.uk

ryan@crowdleaf.org.uk

On behalf of CrowdLeaf,

Vicky & Ryan

Please come and check out our store to support our cause and green community!

CrowdLeaf Store

Pollution Tracking Tools

London Air Pollution Live Data

Worldwide Pollution Live Data

Stop Supermarkets using non-recyclable food Packaging

This is a guest piece by an active campaigner on plastic pollution and one who is pushing, as we are, for action from above.

The person behind the petition that asks for the CEO’s of all major UK super markets to drop or change the use of plastic for food wrapping, to no wrapping where it not needed, compostable if it is possible and as minimum recyclable. CrowdLeaf.org.uk are fully behind this and we offer a range of green and environmentally responsible products in the CrowdLeaf Store.

The petition can be found at : https://www.change.org/p/stop-supermarkets-using-unrecyclable-food-packaging

My name is Simon Goldsmith, I started a petition to ‘Stop Supermarkets using non-recyclable food Packaging’ because l got so annoyed when trying to recycle and reading on most of the plastic packaging ‘This plastic is not currently recycled’.

This made me think how much of our supermarket food packing is not currently recyclable. I found a large majority of it is the fruit and veg and to be honest 90% of this does not need any sort of packaging.

This made us change the way we shop, to finding a farm shop and buying all our fruit and veg from there. I appreciate this is not achievable for everyone, as some farm shops can be considerably more expensive and not convenient.

The final push for me was on our family holiday to Porthtowan in Cornwall. We were shocked by the micro-plastics on the beach.

As a consumer, we can’t choose how our food is packaged, the Supermarkets have an environmental obligation to make the packaging environmentally friendly. A consumer needs to be able to trust and respect the corporation they are buying from.

I understand the Supermarkets don’t package the food themselves but they have the power to make the producers comply.

Hopefully my petition will raise awareness and put pressure on the Supermarkets to change.

The more single-use plastic that is produced means it will eventually end up in landfills in developed countries and rivers and oceans in developing countries, then getting moved around the world’s oceans.
I believe the plastic problem needs to be tackled at both ends, one to reduce the amount of plastic being produced and two to clean up the current plastic in circulation in the oceans.

Currently in the UK there is no service industry cleaning our beaches, only volunteer organisations like Surfers Against Sewage.
I would like to setup a service industry which cleans our beaches in the UK and provides a use for the plastics. The only way the plastics are removed from the ocean is if the beaches are cleaned on a regular basis, currently the plastics get washed up and then moved again by the tides.

This is a serious problem as the fish are eating the plastics and we are eating the fish, the whole food chain is being affected. The effect the plastics are having on the wildlife is detrimental, and this is only getting worse.

I would like to be able to do more and the petition is just a starting point.