We’ve been working on ‘unflushables’ at City to Sea. Plastic that’s flushed down the toilet. which is kinda physically flushable – there’s a lot that fits down a toilet if you give it a go! But that’s not to say it should be …
Walked down any beach and what do you find? Cotton bud sticks. Cotton bud sticks that are flushed down the toilet and make their merry way to the ocean. Yep that’s where lots of flushed products end up! It’s not just cotton buds … Watch the film for some mind blowing figures!
Hands up, I was a flusher! I watched my Mum flush, I followed. Tampons were the main culprit. It wasn’t until living in Portugal where even toilet roll was a no no (we had a septic tank not on the mains) that I stopped. Then in 2008 I switched my menstural products as they came wrapped in plastic, hands up once more – I didn’t know the actual tampon was plastic!
To raise awareness of flushing we’ve made a few films. This is by far my favourite and our most popular. With 2.7 millions views on facebook (1.1 million in the first week!) it’s hit a cord.
We had a lot of fun making this. Friend’s helped out, acting and offering their daughter to act to! (She was so easy to work with, and up for more acting work get in touch if you’d like me to hook you up) Another lent us his stunning kitchen. I wanted to create juxtaposition within the scene. I also wanted it to be the younger generation teaching the older … As I notice around me this is what’s happening! While it also meant more younger people would share it it being this dynamic.
Check it out, please share it and if you’re inspired to switch your menstrual products head to this page at City to Sea where we’ve been kindly offered lots of discount codes!
Switching menstrual products can save you a heap of cash, as well as a heap of plastic!
Remember; ever refusal adds up!
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!
Remember, every refusal adds up!
As part of Refill Bristol, Bristol Water popped up their pop-up water bar at Redfest. Which was a sizzling success on a scorcher of a Saturday!
We gave out free tap water all day, much to the relief of the thirsty crowd!
Redfest is a local festival, in a park I visit often to skate. I love this park, the vibe there is always friendly and welcoming. On this particular day it was transformed, for a local event I was surprised at the size (not sure why, this is Bristol, and Bristol doesn´t do things by halves!) there was so much going on, including some fantastic music! Some of which I got to enjoy at the end of the day…
I´ve already spoken how amazing the water bar is at REDUCING single use plastics.
Reduce – let´s remember – is the 1st of the 3 R´s.
Not recycle – that comes in at number 3.
Lets spread the word… imagine if other water companies take it on and free – in both price and packaging – water becomes the norm at a festival… It may seam like a pipe dream (excuse the pun!) but that is exactly what Refill Bristol and Bristol Water are already doing!
Not sure how to Refill while on the move? Look out for this logo around Bristol, where you are welcomed to Refill your bottle. Not in Bristol? Just pop in a cafe, shop or any where and asked! I have for years and people really don´t mind.
If you’re a hashtag kinda person then find us at #RefillBristol and follow what we´re up to!
Wanna see more action? Here are the images from the pop up water bar at PRIDE.
Remember: Every refusal adds up!