'Drastic Plastic'

Welcome and overview  -  September 2018


Welcome to the Drastic Plastic Webpage and to the newly formed TBI Plastic Waste Group. We consist of members who have got together and agreed that in the wake of the current horrors associated with Plastic Waste, we need to raise awareness of the issues and take action here on the Black Isle. 

A successful inaugural ‘Open’ Meeting was held in June and those who attended had the opportunity to discuss some of the issues, voice their concerns and suggest how they thought we could tackle the subject. 

From those discussions, 4 main strands for action emerged:

  • Publicity: to raise awareness
  • Education: so that people can make informed choices
  • Campaigning 
  • Website Information

These will be developed in future meetings and activities.

Penny Hepburn        info@aquavisiononline.com

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19 September  TBI Drastic Plastic Group meeting

Wednesday 19th September 2018   7.30pm

Venue: Allangrange Arms Pub, Munlochy – (in the back room)

Note: Refreshments will be available to buy at the bar

This is the first ‘proper’ meeting of the newly formed group. Its still not too late to join us, if anyone is interested – just come along on the evening.

 Issues discussed at the June ‘Open’ meeting were:

What’s Drastic About Plastic
How’s it affecting the environment and all of us
Ways we can make a difference on a personal level and collectively as TBI

4 areas were identified as key headings for the new group to work on. These were:

Publicity and Events
Education
Campaigning
Website Information

Enquiries to Penny Hepburn at  info@aquavisiononline.com

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17 September - report (from Bristol) on Shoppers' Revolt

https://greenwire.greenpeace.org/uk/en-gb/blogs/bristol-shoppers-revolt-over-pointless-plastic

Bristol Greenpeace volunteers and supporters were offering shoppers the chance to show their opposition to the excess plastic packaging that comes with the weekly shop, especially when buying fruit and vegetables.  Our campaigning outside two major supermarkets on Saturday 15th September was part of a national Greenpeace campaign called #ShoppersRevolt and it also coincided with an international day of action called #Plastic Attack which was coordinated in Bristol by One By One Conservation.  Greenpeace groups targeted some 64 shops up and down the country, but many more were visited by Plastic Attack teams.

15 September - Greenpeace 'Shoppers' Revolt' day of action against plastic packaging.  Your chance to take action

Greenpeace emailed . .

"Loads of people like you have shared your photos of excessive plastic packaging and said that you’re fed up with the pointless plastic that comes with your weekly shop. Sometimes it’s possible to avoid plastic packaging, but a lot of the time supermarkets don’t give us a choice.

"It’s time supermarkets were faced with the responsibility of dealing with the pointless plastic they’re producing - instead of leaving customers frustrated with packaging they don’t want or need.

"Lots of people who work in supermarkets have been in touch to tell us that they’re frustrated by the amount of packaging their employers produce. The people who are making the decisions about packaging aren’t the people working in our local supermarkets - it’s the big bosses who have the power to make change happen.

"So we need to get the message through to them. That’s why we’re calling on shoppers around the country to take peaceful action in local stores and online. Click the link below for more info on how you can take part."

Shoppers' Revolt

The nearest local action to the Black Isle is planned for the Co-op store in Telford Street, Inverness, from 2.00 - 4.00

Inverness link

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July 2018 - One person's plastic-free challenge


In their August Newsletter, Changeworks / Home Energy Scotland reported on the challenge undertaken by Mhairi Scott, one of their Waste Wise Volunteers - to go plastic free for the whole of July. 

Read Mhairi's blog

 

 

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