Two petitions with a single aim – to reduce plastic waste in Berkhamsted – are looking for your support.
The first calls on Waitrose and Tesco to start using compostable bags for loose fruit and vegetables in store. The second, launched in April, broadens the attack, asking that Berkhamsted Town Council reduce its plastic consumption and support efforts to make Berkhamsted free of single-use plastic by 2020.
The group Plastic-Free Berko is behind these initiatives. It was started some months ago by Green Party members Sue Hampton, Philippa Jones, Paul de Hoest and Joe Pitts, in conjunction with Transition Town Berko.
‘Clearly, cutting plastic use entirely is a huge mountain to climb,’ said Sue Hampton. ‘Instead, we’re calling for smaller steps to be taken, such as reducing the use of non-compostable coffee cups, and fruit and vegetable bags.’
So far, local businesses have responded positively and have agreed to look into switching to compostable cups. Waitrose will ban the use of disposable cups entirely from this autumn, while Oakman Inns’ response was reported on page 8 of our Summer issue.
Plastic-Free Berko has many more ideas in the pipeline; discussions on the possibility of opening a waste-free scoop shop are in the early stages.
Meanwhile, the campaign needs your support. If you’d like to fi nd out more go to the Plastic-Free Berko page on Facebook or look for them on Twitter. You’ll fi nd lots of simple ideas, including:
- Carrying cloth shopping bags
- Carrying reusable coffee cups
- Buying washable muslin bags to take to supermarkets for loose fruit and veg
- Ordering fruit and veg from organic farmers
- Finding packaging-free cosmetics.
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