Since lockdown began, people are starting to appreciate the quieter roads, the clean air, the sounds of the birds, and appreciating nature more. And as the weeks pass, people’s minds have started to think about how we can come out of this learning from the positive aspects of the lockdown so as to create a “new normal”. And whilst people have been asked to stay at home, more people are starting to think about their own carbon and plastic footprint. A recent Surfers Against Sewage survey showed that plastic packaging is an area that want to address going forwards.
It is Plastic Free Chesterfield’s aim to promote plastic-free living, and support people to do this. Therefore Plastic Free Chesterfield have produced an online directory listing products that can be found in Chesterfield that help people to reduce their own single-use plastic in the home, in the garden, and on-the-go.
The spreadsheet breaks products down into categories for easy-finds, and lists where to go to purchase them. Greg Hewitt, Plastic Free Chesterfield Community Lead said “Businesses are being hit hard by COVID-19 and need all the support they can get coming out of this crisis, so we have done exactly this. A way for people to support the fantastic local businesses who are promoting plastic-free living.”
An online form also has been set up for people to submit other items they’ve come across in Chesterfield that help people reduce their single-use plastic. It is hoped the directory can be built upon so as to continuously provide a fantastic local resource that not only helps people, but also planet.