Wilmslow businesses phase out plastic straws


The campaign to achieve 'Plastic Free' status for Wilmslow is making progress.

The Plastic Free Wilmslow steering group have been hard at work trying to get community halls, groups, and businesses to reduce their plastic use and encourage people to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

They are pleased to report that 47% of the businesses in Wilmslow that offer drinks have switched to using biodegradeable straws, and 13% will not offer straws at all. Others are using up their old stocks and may change.

Andrew Backhouse from Plastic Free Wilmslow said: "There are plenty more things we'd like people to help us encourage businesses on. We have too much polystyrene fast food packaging and unnecessary plastic wrapping. This Saturday has apparently been designated a Plastic Protest Day – when people have been encouraged to return unneeded plastic to the supermarket it comes from. It's not something we feel good at doing, but the supermarkets are slowly changing – and asking the managers what they are doing to cut plastic use can help."

He added "Lots of people have done something – and we hope we can encourage you to take another step."

Plastic Free Wilmslow will have a stall at the Wilmslow Artisan Market this Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Plastic-Free Wilmslow


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Pete Taylor
Thursday 13th September 2018 at 1:05 pm
There is a very interesting report in today’s Guardian about a cycle-path made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Of course it’s in Holland, the land of cycling and recycling!
According to the article they are very pleased with this initial trial section, it is built to shed water plus cables and services can run through it and is much easier (and greener) to lay than conventional concrete, etc.