Plastic Pollution



Thu 2 August    RNLI Life Boat Week:  7.45 for 8pm  Bath Tub Race
The Alexandra Hotel is entering a boat, sporting our Plastic
Free logo in style.  Come along and cheer on this worthy craft!

Fri 10 August     Carnival:  Litter Free Coast and Sea and Dorset Waste Partnership are
bringing their roadshows to Carnival.   Plastic Free Lyme Regis will run
an art project.  Find everyone at the Shelters during the day

Sat 11 Aug           Carnival:  Entry into Carnival Procession.  Please come and cheer our
group along the route.  Starting at Holmbush Carpark, down Pound
Street, then Broad Street and along the front towards Cobb Square.

Tues 4 Sep         Update and look to the future of the campaign.  All welcome to join
the Turn Lyme Green meeting.  6.45 for 7.00pm .
Blue Room, Royal Lion Hotel,   Broad Street, Lyme Regis

Wed 17 Oct        Marine Theatre:   Evening of presentations about our oceans


Say ‘NO’ to plastic bags!  Update & more information on the must-have reusable muslin bags for fruit and veggies.

The Freggie bags were popular at their first outing at the opening of Bridport’s Green Fortnight last weekend.  The bags are designed and made by Liz Davis with her team. Shoppers picking out their fruit and vegetables can say to ‘no’ to the plastic bags in supermarkets and use these plastic-free alternatives.  The bags are made of organic cotton muslin and are strong, reusable and washable.

If you would like to buy any, please email  Introductory Offer:  £10 for a bundle of 8 bags, including a carrier to hook over a trolley handle.   Individual bags priced separately.  You can also request the free instruction sheet to make your own.


‘Plastic Ocean’ Art Exhibition, Shelters at the Seafront, Lyme Regis
Sat 9th to Friday 15th June 2018

Local artist, Eva Fahle-Clouts presented this thought-provoking exhibition.  Using plastic rubbish collected from Monmouth Beach, lobster pots, photographs and quotes, she challenged us to take action to prevent further plastic pollution of our seas.  Passers-by were able to leave behind used plastic in lobster pots outside the Pavilion.   Plastic Free Lyme Regis had displays giving facts and figures and practical things we can all do.

Read the full report in Lyme Online to get up-to-date on the Plastic Free Coastlines scheme promoted by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) .

Press release available here: PRESS RELEASE 16 March 2018


‘A PLASTIC OCEAN’ – The film
Friday 25th May 2018, Baptist Church Hall
By popular demand, we held a further screening of this stunning and memorable film dealing with the realities of plastic pollution, particularly poignant as we live near Lyme Bay.  Here is the link to a preview. 

The winner of 9 film festival awards, ‘A Plastic Ocean’ is an adventure documentary shot on more than 20 locations over the past 4 years. Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team of international scientists reveal the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions.
“The wave of change starts with YOU.”



This was the message given at a packed meeting at the Baptist Church’s Driftwood Caféin March 2018. 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.


The Lyme Regis Town Council endorsed the campaign for Lyme Regis to become a Plastic Free Town.   Lyme Regis in June was the 1st community in Dorset (and 24th nationally) to be granted the title by Surfers Against Sewage in the Plastic Free Communities initiative, joining over 130 other communities around the country pledging to tackle plastic pollution.

A Steering Group was 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.  Enquiries about the campaign to or Facebook page.  You can follow our Twitter feed as well.

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.




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.

‘Read All About It’ in the Local Newspaper

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 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 – 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 –
• Polybags – -a Biodegradable carrier – 1,000 for £72; 10,000 for £42.22 per 1,000. (check for uptodate prices)
• Global Trading 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 – – supply bags to River Cottage shop in Axminster.
• -suppliers of biodegradable jute bags. Clients include Dorset County Council, and Hebden Bridge Bag Ladies.
• – suppliers of organic hemp fabrics.
• – wholesale fabric.
• Cornstarch bags: Biobag Limited, tel: 01772 641 348
• Tel:01630 639614
• String bags: Turtle Bags, tel: 01299 827092   Turtlebags