At Ocean Helper we are so excited to see that our home has been named the UK's first city with plastic free communities status!
Truro joins over 300 other communities in the UK with plastic free status!
The Plastic Free Communities Project was set up by Surfers Against Sewage:
"We are using people power and community action to tackle the problem of avoidable single-use plastics head-on. It's a two tiered approach:"
- "Take Individual Action: We’re giving everyone a role to play by asking thousands of people to sign up and download Individual Action Plans for reducing their plastic use."
- "Become a Plastic Free Community Leader: We’re looking for Community Leaders to take their towns to the next level and spearhead the Plastic Free movement locally. We are hoping to establish 125 Plastic Free Communities by 2020 where, similar to the Fairtrade movement, there are guidelines that each town will follow to be granted a Plastic Free Community status."
WHY CREATE A PLASTIC FREE COMMUNITY?
The majority of the plastic pollution our volunteers find on beaches are avoidable, single-use items. Straws, stirrers, plastic bottles, plastic bags, disposable lighters, plastic cotton bud sticks, condiment sachets and more.
These all have an upstream solution to prevent their presence on our beaches and in our oceans. This is what Plastic Free Communities is designed to do
It is the only step-by-step community framework, uniting individuals, schools, businesses, community groups and local government to drive action on reducing local use of avoidable single-use plastics.
For more information on Plastic Free Communities and how to get involved visit: