Shoppers joined in a plastic unwrap in Wilmslow on Saturday, 1st December, buying the products they needed but leaving the wrapping behind, and using paper bags or reusable containers instead.
Plastic Free Wilmslow is trying to get all businesses to cut the number of plastic items and switch to reusable items.
Andrew Backhouse, one of the people taking part, said "Lots of supermarket items are wrapped in plastic which may get recycled, but often goes to landfill, and is bad for the planet. Some supermarkets have made major steps, like leaving more fruit and veg unwrapped, and others are trying other wrapping ideas. Waitrose have started to make more vegetables available loose – but not yet providing paper bags instead of plastic.
"So what can we all do to push for less plastic? By leaving the shops to look after the plastic wrappings that were not needed is one obvious statement – and cheaper for us than giving more work to our council to collect and recycle. Andy buy more vegetables loose or packed in cardboard."
He added "Plastic Free Wilmslow has heard from a lot of people who want to put pressure on those who use unnecessary plastics. It was great to get lots of people taking action themselves this weekend. And staff from Waitrose were very helpful and positive about the action too."
Keith Chapman, Town Councillor and plastics manufacturer, also took part, and said "The industry wants to work with environmental groups like Plastic Free Wilmslow because we share the same objectives. We should reduce the use of plastic to the essential, and eliminate unnecessary outer packaging. This will deliver both a sustainable planet and a successful and valued plastics sector."