I’ve yet, and can’t imagine ever being one for running about the streets with a cuppa tea. But I do like to sit in a have one, and when I do, I like a real cup!
Not just because of plastic pollution, but because drinking out of a ‘paper’ cup sipping through a plastic lid, reminds me of, well … kids parties!
This visit to a small cafe I’d luckily just popped in a charity shop and picked up this cool mug, otherwise it was only disposables. They offered a discount if you BYO (bring your own) but didn’t supply any? What would I have done having not gone to the charity shop? I would have gone somewhere else. There’s always somewhere else, and there’s always real cups to be found.
For take away though, it was great they offer a discount if you BYO cup
Plastic pollution from coffee cups is through the roof. You only have to be up and about in a busy place early in the morning to see it in full force, everyone is walking about with a cup, and where do they go? Landfill hopefully … The cups are lined with plastic – hence they don’t leak – and the lids are often not the right colour for recycling. Or the right number. Or go in the right bin! There’s a lot of factors to consider …
So remember to bring your own cup. If they don’t offer a discount, ask for one! Or better still, why not sit in and enjoy a five-minute break and a cuppa tea, in a real cup!
In 2009 I saw the starting of a documentary on plastic pollution. Fast forward nine years and I arranged not one, but two screenings to an audience of over 600 people of that very film,‘A Plastic Ocean’.
Since moving to Bristol I’m honoured to have become friends with Jo Ruxton, the amazing and dedicated films producer. Jo’s work on Blue Planet One led her to create this, to show the world what’s happening to our beautiful and vital ocean. Jo was in the house and held a Q&A after the screenings. She spoke warmly of her passion behind the film, “If you count the time I’ve spent making this film in Grandchildren, I’ve had four.”
This clip from Sir David Attenborough is a must watch …
For this event I arranged a bar and prize draw, with proceeds going to Plastic Oceans UK and City to Sea. We had so many generous prizes, ranging from items to help people live plastic free, and awesome days out to get people outside. A huge team of people came forward to volunteer. I was touched with people’s generosity and willingness to help. People really do want a world free of plastic pollution, and are willing to put themselves out to achieve it. Including Bristol Aquerium, who kindly gave us the space, staff and support free of charge both evenings.
I’m not sure I’ve met anyone though, who has worked as tirelessly as Jo has this last decade to achieve this. Her film has won dozen of awards, she deserves a medel!
‘A Plastic Ocean’ is on Netflix and iTunes. I urge you to watch it, and perhaps even arrange a screening yourself … It’s not all easy viewing, but Jo was sure to finish the film on solutions we can all do to prevent our oceans becoming A Plastic Ocean. YOu can see the trailer here:
Remember, every refusal adds up, together, we can create #AWaveofChange.
My role as Creative Director at City to Sea is where a lot of my time goes, which is fantastic and productive way to spend it! It does mean this blog has taken a back seat mind you… As well as continuing to refuse single use plastics every day, at City to Sea we’re preventing plastic pollution – at source… With the large UK retailers!
Natalie Fee, the founder of City to Sea invited me to be one of the directors when she considering setting up as a CIC in January 2016 (Community Interest Company) after our time working together on the feature I wrote for Nat’s show on Made in Bristol TV, and we haven’t looked back!
(To cut a long story short!) In December we had our first major victory, when all the major UK retailers agreed to #SwitchTheSitck. That’s cotton bud sticks, from plastic to paper.
For the campaign I got back into editing, and created this video. It went on to have over 100,000 views on Facebook. Wow! I’m was pretty chuffed and in the end, thanks to 38 Degree members, who I knew would come good…. there was 157,000 people on the petition!
Hard for the supermarkets to ignore… Incredible. People power, I love it!
Remember, Every refusal adds up. And so does every signature on a petition!