GOING GREEN IS Definitely GOOD FOR BUSINESS….
This was the message given at a packed meeting at the Baptist Church’s Driftwood Café a few weeks ago. It was so inspiring to hear first hand from business owners who have chosen not to use single use plastics and all about their efforts to promote recycling and energy saving, efforts rewarded by support from their customers. We received good press coverage from Lyme Online and in the Bridport News.
AND THE TOWN COUNCIL AGREES …..
The Lyme Regis Town Council has endorsed the campaign for Lyme Regis to become a Plastic Free Town. Lyme Regis is on the way to joining over 120 other communities around the country pledging to tackle plastic pollution.
A Steering Group is being set up and an ‘army’ of supporters mobilised to help get the message out to our businesses, schools, local organisations and churches so that we can work together to publicise the ways our community can benefit and contribute at home, at work and on the seafront. There will be a number of local events which Plastic Free Lyme Regis will support and get involved in during the spring and summer.. from the May Fete, Anning Road to the Carnival Procession to an art installation in the Shelters in June.
A Steering Group for the campaign is being set up to represent the different interests of our community and we will need help organising events and in liaising with businesses and local organisations. No need to be on a committee; there are many other ways to help with planned events and activities. You might have a gazebo or van to help set up activities. You might be a rambler, a dog walker or jogger who could deliver leaflets around town. You might put information on your web site or you could take photographs for publicity. All helpful skills. So, please don’t be shy. Come forward and tell us what you are most interested in and see how you can help. Do get in touch if you would like to be part of this exciting initiative. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Polly on 01297 44606 or Jo on 07525 005430
NEW – RECYLING CONTAINER AT HOLMBUSH CARPARK for coffee cups and beverage cartons
And for other beverage cartons widely used to package milk, fruit juice and an increasingly wide range of food products, including soup, chopped tomatoes and pulses.
Dorset Waste Partnership has placed a new container in Holmbush Carpark, alongside one for textiles and one for aluminium foil. Curb side recycling is not available at the moment for coffee cups or food and drink cartons but by taking them to Holmbush, we can do our bit for recycling and make a dent in the huge number of paper coffee cups with plastic lining that need to be recycled separately from paper collections . Take away coffee cups can also be taken to Costa where they are stored and taken regularly to Costa’s own recycling centre for cups. You can take in cups from other cafes/shops are well as any purchased from Costa.
HELP FREE LYME REGIS FROM PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS:
UPDATED 14TH DECEMBER 2013.
THE PLASTIC BAG CAMPAIGN CONTINUES
The Bag Campaign to try to reduce the number of plastic bags in Lyme continues. A group of eight TLG supporters has visited the shops in Lyme Regis to find out what kind of bags are being given to customers, and they are also researching alternatives to plastic. The Group recently produced a progress report. Support was also received from Co-operative store in town to print information flyers and Lyme Bay Holidays which produced their own cotton carrier bags for each rented property on their books last summer.
Efforts are being made to find a speaker for a future meeting to talk explain the differences between degradable and biodegradable bags and recycling generally.
TLG’s first major campaign
We use them for an average of 12 minutes – but their lethal effects last between 15 and 1000 years.
Every year, British shoppers get through about 10 billion plastic bags. And every year, around 2 million dolphins, seals, seabirds, turtles and whales are killed by plastic bags in our seas. On land, plastic bags can trap birds and block drains. They can disable cars and, if animals eat them, the toxic waste can get into your food.
But it’s simple to stop the plastic bag carnage – just join the Bag Crowd, the Basket Brigade or the BackPackers! Or make your own… (we tell you how). And of course spend your money with retailers who have stopped giving out plastic carriers
In September 2009 our programme of activities included the first International Plastic Bag Free day and raising a few pounds selling our cloth bags. We had massive support again from most independent traders, and the Co-op.
Tesco has said it would do much to support our efforts at becoming plastic carrier bag free but we haven’t seen evidence of that yet, despite senior level commitments.
Turn Lyme Green bags at the new Eco-store in Broad Street, which has set up a community notice-board.
THE PLASTIC PLAGUE
The bad news:
• Plastic bags are said to be the most common manmade item seen by sailors at sea.
• A UN report in June 2006 estimated that on every square mile of ocean there’s 46,000 pieces of plastic debris floating.
• Greenpeace says that at least 267 marine species are known to have suffered from getting entangled in or ingesting marine debris. Nearly 90 per cent of that debris is plastic.
• Marine wildlife eat plastic bags because they mistake them for jellyfish. Once in their guts, the bags cause intestinal blockages – which are deadly.
• Plastic bags become serial killers because they do not break down in the environment. Once a creature which has ingested a plastic bag dies, it decays at a much faster rate than the bag. When the animal has decomposed, the bag is released back into the environment, more or less intact – and ready to be eaten by another misguided animal or bird.
• Plastic bags threaten urban environments as well as natural ones: plastic bags in drains were identified as major factors in the severe floods in Bangladesh in 1988 and 1998. This resulted in a ban on plastic bags being impose there in 2002. India also is discouraging the use of plastic bags nationwide.
• Plastic bags are costly in money terms too, both to produce and to clean up.
• Plastic bags are made from ethylene, a gas that occurs as a by-product of oil, gas and coal production (all non-renewables), which is transformed into chains of hydrogen and carbon molecules known as polymers or polymer resin. After being heated, shaped, and cooled, the plastic is ready to be flattened, sealed, punched, or printed on.
• Over 99 per cent of plastic bags cannot be recycled. The ones that are collected must be disposed of in landfill sites.
• There are three main types of plastic shopping bags:
• light filmy HDPE (high density polyethylene), mostly used in food outlets
• heavier LDPE (low density polyethylene) ones from clothing stores etc
• very thick glossy ones made from linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE).
The good news:
• Manufacturers don’t need to use plastic for carrier bags. There are now an increasing number of degradable alternatives to plastic carrier bags, including corn and potato starch (which can even be composted).
• More and more countries, states and towns are taking action to ban plastic carrier bags, including Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, California, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Italy, Philippines, Scotland, Somalia, South Africa, Southern Ireland; UK towns include Modbury, Hebden Bridge and Stroud.
Change your shopping habits!
Lots of environmentally conscious companies are now giving away free carriers so you can create your own collection – and carry them with you at all times.
Morsbags say they’re a ‘sociable and fun way to put an end to evil plastic bags’. This non-profit organisation encourages people to make reusable cloth bags out of old curtains, duvets etc to hand out for free to shoppers so that they’ll use them instead of plastic bags. So far over 160 ‘pods’ (groups of baggers!) have made over 4000 morsbags, potentially replacing over 2 million plastic bags! To see how easy it is, click here. Turn Lyme Green used their easy-to-make pattern during our sew-ins making bags from recycled fabric and materials brought in local residents on the day.
The Coop stores in Plymouth and the South West were the first retailer to get behind Modbury, the pioneering town in Devon, which blazed the plastic-bag-free trail in May 2007
Where to get your bags
For a printable sheet with details of Turn Lyme Green recommended suppliers, click HERE.
Our cotton bags are being provided by www.bags2keep.co.uk – also the official Modbury suppliers, under Fair Trade mark, using unbleached cotton, and printed with water-based ink.
• The Traders of Modbury’s suggest these wholesalers – www.plasticbagfree.com/wholesalers.php
• Polybags – www.polybags.co.uk -a Biodegradable carrier – 1,000 for £72; 10,000 for £42.22 per 1,000. (check for uptodate prices)
• Global Trading UK – www.gtuk.co.uk Tel 01772 334963. They supply the Co-operative Group with mater-bi home compostable cornstarch bags. Cost 6-8 p per bag. They can provide bio-degradable, cotton, jute bags, and are involved in research into alternative bags.
• Affordable bio-degradable polymer – www.biority.com – supply bags to River Cottage shop in Axminster.
• www.jutexpo.co.uk -suppliers of biodegradable jute bags. Clients include Dorset County Council, and Hebden Bridge Bag Ladies.
• www.pickhemp.com – suppliers of organic hemp fabrics.
• www.greenfibres.co.uk – wholesale fabric.
• Cornstarch bags: Biobag Limited, tel: 01772 641 348
• www.ecosac.net Tel:01630 639614
• String bags: Turtle Bags, tel: 01299 827092 Turtlebags