Thank you to the Penzance BID for the list of restaurants, cafes and Pubs that will be open in Penzance from the 4th July
Plastic Free Penzance and Penzance Chamber of Commerce join forces to help businesses reduce and reuse plastic packaging, as part of work to tackle the impact of plastic pollution and create a more sustainable town.
Plastic Free Penzanceand Penzance Chamber of Commercewill launch a new initiative in the town this week, to make it easier for businesses to reduce the amount of plastic packaging they use. Pack Swap PZ will provide a packaging hub for all local businesses, where they can drop-off plastic that has been delivered by suppliers so it can be re-used again by other businesses.
The idea came about through Plastic Free Penzance Business Champions, who had started informally swapping things like bubble wrap, packaging peanuts and jiffy bags between them to save money and waste. It’s hoped launching a formal town-wide project will now make it easier for businesses to re-use and share resources as well as encourage more to take part.
The service will be based in Unit One of the Wharfside Shopping Centre, which has been donated by the management team until a tenant is found, putting an empty unit to community use and supporting efforts to improve the town’s environmental impact. Wharfside Shopping Centre is a ‘community ally’ of Plastic Free Penzance and has already helped promote on-street recycling in the town and supported training events.
Claire Whitton from Penzance Chamber of Commerce said: “The Pack Swap idea is absolutely fantastic for businesses. Not only does it help to reduce the amount of packaging that is being created and thrown away, it ensures that existing plastics are being re-used and that we are doing more to stop single-use. An added bonus for businesses is that it will save them money, as they won’t have to buy in this type of packaging to send out their stock. A win-win all round!”
The pilot scheme will launch on Tuesday 23rdJuly and will run for six months to determine demand, what packaging can be re-used/swapped and to see how the service can then be widened out to the general public.
Location:Unit One Wharfside Shopping Centre
Drop Off:Every Tuesday 5.30 – 6.30pm
Pick Up:Every Thursday 5.30 – 6.30pm
Packaging collected:Bubble Wrap, Packing Peanuts, Poster Tubes, Plastic Bags, Air Pockets & Jiffy Bags
Plastic Free Penzance Community Lead Rachel Yates said: “This is an exciting step forward for the town in terms of helping our businesses take the action they want to take. We work with almost 100 Plastic Free Business Champions and many, while putting pressure on suppliers to stop sending excessive plastic packaging, are frustrated at what is still being sent into their businesses on a daily basis.
“Pack Swap PZ means we can re-use more of that packaging rather than it end up being burnt in Cornwall’s incinerator or in the environment. It means businesses are saving money and precious resources and it is another example of how our community is working together to find better, kinder ways of doing things”
Pack Swap PZ will be run entirely by volunteers. Plastic Free Penzance is linking up with Active Plusin the town to provide opportunities for people to get involved. Volunteers from Penzance Chamber of Commerce and Plastic Free Penzance will also help open up the unit and collect and distribute packaging. If anyone would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Plastic Free Penzance and Penzance Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Wharfside Shopping Centre for the use of the unit, D.J Andrewarthafor donating storage bags, Sailflagsand Quayside Design & Printfor donating signage and Cllr Jonathan How for helping get the pilot off the ground.
Any enquiries can be directed to email@example.com
Photos will be available after Tuesday’s first collection day.
You can find out more about Plastic Free Penzance here: https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreepenzance/?ref=bookmarks
Find out more about Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities here: www.plasticfree.org
Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities
Plastic Free Communities exist to free where we live from single-use. They bring people together on a journey to tackle avoidable single-use plastic, from the beach all the way back to the businesses and brands who create it. It’s not about removing all plastic from our lives. It’s about kicking our addiction to throwaway single-use plastic, and changing the system that produces it.
Summer is well and truly on us! Before the schools break up and the mass exodus starts, we thought we’d share some great action and advice from our Plastic Free Communities, who are all helping us reduce our plastic impact over the holidays. It can sometimes be hard when away from home or out of the usual routine, to keep up good habits. But, with more communities signing up to Plastic Free Communities every month the chances are, wherever you are, there will be support to choose plastic-free options.
Here are some ideas from around the UK … feel free to get in touch and add your own. You can find out how at the end of this article.
Straight out the blocks are Plastic Free Portsmouth, who are sharing five steps to cut plastic during the summer holidays, whether you are staying home or heading elsewhere. Lead Claire Seek said: “Remember there is NO ‘away’, so it’s best to avoid single-use items in the first place and little changes to habits can all have an impact”. Here are their tips:
- Ice Creams: Choose a cone rather than a tub with a spoon and avoid lollies wrapped in plastic
- Souvenirs: pick up a cotton t-shirt, a bottle of local brew or a local jam, reducing plastic and supporting local economies too
- Sunscreen: look for sun cream in metal tins and cover up or stay in the shade at the hottest time of day. You can also get plastic-free aftersun from the SAS shop
- Water Bottles: always remember to take a water bottle with you. Use local refill apps to see where you can top up for free
- Snacks: have fun with the kids or test your own skills with a regular bake-off and make treats to take on days out. Or grab some plastic-free fruit from the local grocer.
In Whitstable the Plastic Free Communities team have recognized that many people leave their usual habits at home when they’re on holiday and don’t remember things like refill cups and bottles. So, Plastic Free Whitstable are trialling the FetchhCupscheme in local cafes, enabling visitors to borrow keep cups and return them after their stay. The town also has 45 refill water points with key tourist locations such as the Old Neptune pub signed up as Plastic Free Champions, promoting and enabling refill and reuse for visitors and locals too.
We love this next idea, from Plastic Free Denholme. They’re holding a ‘Plastic Free Summer Challenge’. Children can register to take part and are set a challenge activity each week during the summer break. If they complete all of the tasks they get a Plastic Free Summer Challenge Award with a certificate and fabric badge. The challenges are set via YouTube and email each Monday and all local schools have been contacted to tell their pupils and get as many involved as possible. What a great way to fill some of those down days!
In Westward Ho! a new breed of fish has been employed to help raise awareness among visitors and encourage them to reduce their plastic impact. Phillup the Fish(see what they did there?) is a 5m long and 2m high metal structure which people can fill with their plastic packaging. At the end of the project it will all be taken away for recycling, having also made a big impact and raised awareness of the single-use crisis. Community Lead for Plastic Free Westward Ho! Andrew Cross said: “We are going to bring the fish alive! We hope this will encourage those visiting Westward Ho! to use the fish for depositing their single use plastic and, in turn, further raise awareness of the ongoing plastic pollution crisis we face.”
At the other end of the UK in the Scottish villages of Charlestown, Limekilns and Pattiesmuir the plastic free movement is promoting actions that you can take whether you holiday at home or abroad. Our favourite is this great tip to use your social media holiday updates to inspire others. It could be places and businesses you’ve visited that have made positives changes or photos of yourself and family/friends enjoying alternatives to throwaway plastic while you are out and about.
Community Lead Jo McFarlane added: “Carry a little bag with you to pick up plastic pollution on beaches or in green spaces and make a difference wherever you are. Celebrate doing this on social media to inspire others. Join a local volunteering beach or community clean, it’s a great way to meet locals and get tips on where to visit, eat, socialise and find out about local events you might never have known about. Remember to only flush the 3Ps wherever you go, to help prevent sewage related plastic in rivers, the sea and on beaches too”
Feeling inspired? We’d love to see your plastic free holiday snaps and tips over the next few weeks. Just share them with us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitteraccounts and hashtag #PlasticFreeCommunities #PlasticFreeHolidays
To find out more about Plastic Communities click here
To get your own Plastic Free Individual Action Plan click here
“The Feel Good Friendship Group was set up to encourage adults of any age to come, feel valued, make new friends and enjoy fun activities. So far we have had 60s, 70s & 80s group karaoke, line dancing, sequence dancing, quiz & bingo with prizes, film, board games, creative art and group dance exercise & keep fit. Refreshments, coffee & cake are provided. We hold the group on the 1st Wednesday of every month 10.30am-12.30pm at The Shekinah Centre, Taroveor Road, Penzance (top of causewayhead). This is a free event. Donations are welcome. The next group is Wednesday 3rd July and its ’60s Name That Tune with prizes’.”
Active Plus are really excited to be part of the drive to make Penzance loneliness free. Our Wounded, Injured and Sick military veterans will be working alongside organisations, groups and business in the town to make sure that nobody feels left out and that everyone knows what’s going on!
Through Connecting Penzance you’ll be able to link with like minded people, join groups with shared interests and contribute to a sense of wellbeing of all involved.
Connecting Penzance is a great opportunity to do something different, meet new friends and take full benefit of what Penzance has to offer.
If you’d like to know more, know someone who would benefit from support or can help us to make Penzance loneliness free please contact Active Plus on 01326 567174 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently renovated beautiful top floor Twin now available
Woodstock has recently made available a beautiful top floor Twin Room that has all the features of a normal double room but accommodates two single beds and a separate lounge area
The layout is set into three rooms so there is a sleeping room, lounge room and shower/toilet. It is a similar arrangement to a tastefully decorated top floor apartment.
The lounge room faces the beautiful Sub-Tropical Morrab Gardens and in the morning with the sun shining through the trees it is a great place to relax and drink a lovely cup of tea or coffee
The Loft is room only but on request a delicious Continental Breakfast can be provided for a little extra. This would then be delivered to your private longe area at a time of your choosing
The Loft is suitable for two persons but should you need a third bed then we do have an option for a further person. Please contact us to discuss
Please note that The Loft is only available via the Woodstock Website
Plastic Free Champion #49
Woodstock Guesthouse, Penzance
Name: Jon & Nikki Matthews, owners
Actions To Date:
• Glass carafes and glasses for water
• Refill jams/marmalade in small glass jars
• Butter knobs on dishes
• Refill jars of breakfast cereal
• Milk in jugs and flasks
• Coffee and tea in glass jars
• Sugar cubes in glass jars instead of sachets
• Refill bathroom products
• No single-use extras like shower caps etc.
• Foil wrapped chocolates in rooms
• Share Plastic Free PZ tips with guests
• Continue to pressure suppliers
• Sourcing plastic free biscuits/treats for rooms
“We did it from the very start three years ago. Because you do, you look in straightaway and thought ‘No we’re not having that!’ And then it becomes a bit obsessive! The guests notice, they love the bits and pieces in the dining room and things look prettier and better presented and guest come back … that’s the main thing! You know you’re doing something right and they do notice the little things.
“Once you start everyone catches on. That’s the good thing. I’ve been chatting to someone who’s been in the business for 15 years and now they’re doing coffee in glass jars too… and then I’ll get a hint from them on something else, and before you know it we’re all doing it! The word of Plastic Free PZ has got out and guests are taking it home with them too.”