Creating a plastic free village
East Haven is working towards becoming a plastic free village in an effort to raise awareness about the damage plastic is causing the environment and to reduce waste. It is no easy feat because plastic is so much a part of our daily lives to the extent that we don't always know we are even using it. Tea bags, being a case in point as they contain polypropylene which helps them keep their shape. As the Co-op is the first retailer to start making a fully biodegradable paper tea bag in it’s 99 tea range we will encourage people to switch brands and avoid brands such as PG tips which have no plans to make any change. It is estimated that nine tonnes of plastic waste from tea bags is created every year in the UK. In addition, we will stop using any non-recyclable cups and have purchased compostable cups for refreshments on the cycle path at Mary’s Meals corner. We are also exploring the possibility of installing a fresh water drinking tap somewhere near the heritage point to enable people to fill their own reusable cups and bottles whilst on the go. Our Thursday morning gardening group which recommences in March is the ideal forum to share tips and new ideas. For example, where to purchase those elusive bamboo toothbrushes and how to make some of our own cleaning products. Acting locally - thinking globally!