Project Category: Community Interest Company
Plastic-Free Hackney (PFH) is a campaign group looking to tackle society’s throwaway, excessive and unnecessary plastic. Plastic pollution is an issue that connects the environment with all parts of society and is something that we need to take action on at every level to stop the flood of plastic pollution from overwhelming our world.
We are looking to create London’s first Plastic Free Community right here in Hackney. This is a movement created by the charity Surfers against Sewage to engage and connect individuals, communities and businesses in the collective effort to reduce the flow of single-use plastics into the marine environment.
Bettina Maidment is the Community Leader of the initiative and has been reducing her own family’s plastic consumption for several years now sharing her tips and tricks on her instagram account @plasticfreehackney. “Whilst I was increasingly able to cut down on my own plastic consumption I quickly realised that unless we act collectively on a community level the issue of plastic pollution isn’t going to go away. We have slept walked our way into this problem and I feel that unless we quickly wake ourselves up and work together to move towards plastic alternatives this pollution nightmare will only continue. Hackney is such a great borough to live in I truly believe that we have the passion and the energy to solve the plastic pollution crisis together and becomes London’s first plastic-free borough”.
If you, like us are increasingly fed up the amount of unnecessary plastic that is polluting not just the global environment but the local environment in the form of litter in our wonderful green spaces and on the streets then please join us!
We need volunteers to help out with all aspects of the campaign; from helping your workplace/school/community group to look at alternatives to single use plastics to organising talks and events in the community to helping with our website there is a something for you!
We also organise monthly litter picks (next one 07/04) and are working on adopting a stretch of the River Lea Navigation Canal to increase the biodiversity in the area.
If you would like to hear more about we’ve been doing or would like to get involved in any capacity big or small please do get in touch!
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