Plastic Free Lewes was set up in 2017 in response to growing enquiries to Transition Town Lewes as to what could be done locally to help tackle the growing problem of plastic pollution.
Today, the world produces over 400 million tonnes of plastic a year. Of this, half is used just once then thrown away. Six million new tonnes of discarded plastic enter our oceans every year. Countries, including the UK, are struggling to cope with this onslaught of plastic waste and the threat it presents to our environment and our food chains.
Plastic Free Lewes seeks to tackle plastic pollution by:
Raising awareness of the impact of discarded plastic on our eco-systems, water supplies and food chains by holding talks, workshops and by working with local councils, utilities, businesses, schools and colleges
Encouraging and support the reduced consumption of single-use plastic among individuals, food and retail outlets and local businesses, including exploring environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient alternatives
Lobbying government, major retailers and manufacturers to reduce use of single-use plastic and introduce mechanisms to reduce plastic waste- e.g. bottle deposit schemes
Promoting good recycling practices by raising awareness of which plastics are easy and hard to recycle and encouraging better recycling facilities
Working with other local groups such as Plastic Free Seaford, Plastic Free Eastbourne and Plastic Free Brighton & Hove and support national and international plastics campaigns by groups such as Surfers Against Sewage and Greenpeace
We also aim to support and promote the work of charities seeking to tackle the massive challenge of plastic pollution in developing countries, such as Clear Community, which offers a community-led approach to tackling the challenges of waste pollution and environmental degradation in Indonesia.