Dartmoor businesses take action on single-use plastic

Graham Flight at The Globe Inn

The efforts of three Chagford businesses to cut out single-use plastic have been recognised in the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) national campaign to tackle throwaway plastic at source.

Astor’s Bookshop, The Globe Inn and Jaded Palates Wines have all successfully replaced single-use plastic items with reusable, recyclable or compostable alternatives.

They join Chagford’s existing plastic-free champions Amy’s Flowers, Blacks Deli, Casa Magnolia and The Three Crowns.

Chagford was awarded Plastic-Free Community status by the marine conservation charity SAS in May, 2020, in recognition of the work done to start reducing the impact of single-use plastics on the environment.

The accreditation was gained with the support of local businesses, community organisations, the school and the Parish Council.

Local residents Andy and Sue Parrott, started the campaign after realising there was a lot of individual action happening in and around Chagford. They thought it would be a good idea to bring this together into a single campaign that would gain widespread recognition for Chagford and kick-start further initiatives to reduce single-use plastic. As keen sailors, they were also becoming increasingly concerned about the amount of plastic finding its way into the ocean.

Tarquin Sorrell at Astor’s Bookshop

“The Plastic-Free Communities initiative is designed to get everyone active and doing something positive to reduce the amount of plastic in the local environment, leading to cleaner seas, beaches, riverbanks, streets and countryside,” said Sue. “The SAS recognition gives us a strong platform on which to build further action and we are delighted that three more businesses have been recognised for their efforts.”

Proper Job Community Recycling Centre is a key part of Plastic-Free Chagford. It has organised several plastic awareness workshops to highlight the dangers of plastic in the oceans and demonstrate alternative plastic-free products. Proper Job is now looking for craftspeople who are handy with a sewing machine to form a group of volunteers to make recycled shopping bags – ‘Chagbags’ – which will be distributed freely to shops in Chagford.

All textiles will be provided by Proper Job from their recycling scheme and there is no particular time commitment required. Please get in touch with Rebecca at Proper Job if you can help.

Moretonhampstead also achieved SAS Plastic-Free Community status at the end of 2020. Key participants in the campaign include the Parish Council, Moreton Development Trust and the school. Twelve Moreton businesses have been presented with their accreditation certificates.

For more information, visit Plastic Free Chagford Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/552156255129514/

Proper Job Recycling Centre: ceo@proper-job.org; 01647 432985

Caya Edwards, Community Lead, Moreton Action on Plastics: caya@julianandcaya.co.uk

Ben Fox

Author: Ben Fox

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