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July 2021

Break Free from Plastic - Skye Climate Action

Thursday 8 July   7.30 - 9.00    on Zoom

'The Story of Plastic' film shows how our planet is literally awash with plastic and reveals fossil fuel and petrochemical companies' strategies for increasing the amount of plastic entering our lives.

Our July SCARRR (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle) meeting will look at plastic-free alternatives and the opportunities and difficulties of recycling / upcycling waste plastic.  There will be an overview of the impact of plastic pollution on climate, and we'll also talk about the Break Free from Plastic movement and  potential local actions, such as brand audit and supermarket plastic collection at source.

All welcome: join the discussion or if you prefer, just sit in and listen.  You can obtain the zoom link from Anne.



June 2021

'The Story of Plastic' - Skye Climate action

Anne MacLennan of Skye Climate Action has emailed that the group has arranged a viewing of this 96 minute documentary film, available for individual viewing until 1 July.  Watch before 16 June to join an SCA ciscussion of the film on that date.

Film screening: The Story of Plastic

You are invited to watch this 96 minute documentary. The Vimeo link is now live for Skye Climate Action until July 1st so that you can watch it in your own time.

THE STORY OF PLASTIC presents a cohesive timeline of how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis and how the oil and gas industry has successfully manipulated the narrative around it. From the extraction of fossil fuels and plastic disposal to the global resistance fighting back, THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a life-changing film depicting one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. The film was designed to stimulate discussion and action, so we will have a follow-up Zoom discussion on 16th June.

Watch the trailer The Story of Plastic (documentary film) - Story of Stuff

You can also watch a free 4 minute video here  The Story of Plastic (animated short)

I’m attaching an associated FAQ document to this notice.

If you would like to watch this film, please contact me anne@skyeclimateaction.org and I will send you the link for the film as well as the Zoom link for the discussion on 16th.


April 2021

Drastic Plastic Group Update

Sadly, as all public events came to a halt – we have not been able to take our Drastic Plastic stand to anything since 2019 and all the intended plans we had made for last year, had to be put on hold.

Just before the original ‘lockdown’ – a couple of us had been working towards having a TBI Terracycle collection box or boxes (to collect a named brand of used containers or wrappers) which would be taken around the different indoor Markets across the Black Isle.  But sadly, as you will all know,  the indoor markets also had to go on hold.  We had also been in communication with other organisations, who had their own Terracycle collection points around our area and slightly beyond, with the intention of being able to collect more than just one brand of item, (as the collection points take various branded items in bulk), which we would have been able to ‘feed’ into.  That too was unable to happen.

On a positive note, a couple of months ago, TBI was contacted by the Inverness Science Festival organisers, who were organising an online Science Festival Family event to run on 2 days - Saturday 1st May and Saturday 8th May.  They asked if we wanted to contribute an online activity to which we said yes (without having a clue quite how) and on further thought realised that the best option would be to do something around the activities we did at the last real Science Festival Family day 2 years ago.  Subsequently, we have submitted two activities in virtual form: a ‘Spot the Difference’ Beach Clean and a ‘Match the alternative non plastic item to the plastic item’.

This is a Family event with lots of varied and interesting activities to take part in. Great for children of all ages and fun for adults too! So please promote the event if you can.

The link to the event is

Inverness Science Festival - Family Day (uhi.ac.uk)

Hopefully, as restrictions are gradually removed, we will be able to resume some of our activities.



March 2021

Making wax cloths video

Drastic Plastic organiser Penny Hepburn, in conjunction with MOO Food, has made a video showing how to make wax cloths to use instead of plastic for wrapping and covering food.

To view the video click  this link, then click on the image in Dropbox.


Moo Food Zero Waste Kitchens Challenge 

Moo food have asked us to publicise their Zero Waste Kitchens Challenge, for which Penny made the video.  This project started last October and may now be drawing to a close, but you can read about it on their website and email  hello@moofood.org  to enquire about taking part.

Moo Food Project Officer Lyn McLardy said of the project

“We hope that those that sign up to the Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge will enjoy finding new ways to make a positive difference to their bins.  It feels good to be in control and making a difference – whether you are motivated by doing your bit to look after the environment or to save money, or even just to have a stink-free wheelie bin!”


October 2020

Scottish Government proposes restrictions  on single-use plastics

The Scottish Government's public consultation on single-use plastics ended in January 2021.   

Scottish government information

Zero Waste Scotland 


Welcome to Drastic Plastic  -  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. Issues discussed were:

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

From those discussions, four 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


Aims and Objectives

Transition Black Isle           The Drastic Plastic Group


The Drastic Plastic Group has been established to raise awareness of the issues surrounding plastic waste within the Black Isle. This will then enable members & businesses within the community to make their own informed choices as to the way they purchase, use, recycle or dispose of their plastic waste.


  1. To highlight the indiscriminate disposal of plastic waste either by the general public or by businesses.
  2. To educate the community in the dangers of plastic waste to both human and animal health and to equip the community with knowledge of suitable and sustainable alternatives.
  3. To encourage local manufacturing businesses and outlets to end the production and use of single use plastic in their packaging and to provide better labelling on non single use packaging regarding the items' correct form of disposal.
  4. To provide accurate, up to date, relevant information on all forms of plastic and their available alternatives.


  1. Holding publicity events such as a beach clean and plastic waste sculpture competition.
  2. The delivery of informative and educational talks from public sector recycling organisations and other appropriate professionals. Holding workshops on ‘up cycling’ and making non plastic alternatives to packaging. The provision of information leaflets to be given out at events such as the Black Isle Community Markets.
  3. Letter writing and campaigning to relevant businesses requesting their co-operation and support in the reduction or phasing out of single use plastic packaging and for the provision of accurate plastic recycling labelling information. 
  4. The creation of a Drastic Plastic section on the Transition Black Isle website, with appropriate links to the wider Web. Relevant access to & interaction with appropriate social media such as Facebook and Twitter. The formation of an online Directory of local outlets, who are providing suitable alternatives to plastic packaging.

 Penny Hepburn: September 2018


May 2019

Drastic Plastic at Inverness Science Fair Family Day

A team of Drastic Plastic / TBI volunteers, supported by Freya and Duncan from Highland Council's Waste Aware team, manned a stall at the culminating event of the Inverness Science Festival - the Family Day of fun and information held at Inverness Leisure Centre last Saturday 11 May.

In thanking the volunteers, not only for being there on the day but for all the work that went into preparing the displays for the stand, Penny commented

"I think it was well received. The children seemed to enjoy the activities and there was some good chat with both children and adults about plastic recycling, waste and alternatives."

Alaine Macdonald, one of the helpers and TBI's Membership Secretary, has written a personal account of the day

Drastic Plastic at the Inverness Science  Saturday 11th May 2019

"All afternoon the hall at Inverness Leisure Centre was thronged with people obviously enjoying themselves.  The various stands were well spread out with enough floor space for people to move around freely.

"The Drastic Plastic stall had a good position opposite the entrance.  As I entered the hall Lesley waved to me and I immediately recognized Julie’s clever ‘Drastic Plastic’ sign which she had conjured up with plastic bottle tops. 

"We had three tables arranged in a horse shoeshape creating three sections:  Freya and Duncan, from the Inverness Council, were answering questions on recycling and people were sorting ‘waste’ into blue and green bins.  Children seemed to enjoy ‘cleaning the beach’ on the middle table with its large tray representing the seashore.  There were toy sea creatures, beach shingle, shells, dried seaweedand lots of ‘rubbish’ for younger children to sort.  They were also encouraged to explain what damage it was doing.  The third section had the Decomposition Quiz (how long it takes for different things to decompose) which was popular with older children.  Adults also found it interesting.  Several people took copies away with them. There were also two baskets – one containing items made with plastic and the other one containing something similar which was not made of plastic.  Children were encouraged to find a corresponding item in each basket.  Next to this table was a large upright display screen on which were attached disposable items and containers.  Each disposable item had a red string leading to a more eco-friendly alternative.  A bunch of plastic bags hung there forlornly offering no alternative!

"It seems that we were well received and will be invited back next year.  Time seemed to go quickly while we were busy and I enjoyed it all immensely although it was very tiring,especially for those who had arrived early to set up the stand well before opening time."

Alaine Macdonald





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