Celebrating 50 Community Allies

Single-use plastic campaign group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, is celebrating the news that they have successfully signed up 50 community partners to it’s campaign.

The Chesterfield campaign is one of over 700 groups across the country working to reduce single-use plastics in their communities. One of the objectives, set by national charity Surfers Against Sewage, was to gain the support of 50 voluntary and community organisations, schools and a major employer. Each organisation has signed a Plastic Free Pledge declaring their support for the campaign, as well as pledging to reduce their own single-use plastics.

Plastic Free Chesterfield’s community allies include the Asian Association of Chesterfield & North Derbyshire, Chesterfield Garland Dancers, Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, Junction Arts, Hasland Magazine, and newly formed Chesterfield Litter Picking Group. Schools have also joined in to do their bit by signing up to the nationwide Plastic Free Schools programme. These include Spire Juniors, Hady Primary, Hollingwood Primary, and Springwell Community College. To complete the list, the group have successfully signed up their flagship employer, local business, CCS Media.

Marcia Woods, secretary of Chesterfield Garland Dancers, said: “We are very happy to support the campaign for a Plastic Free Chesterfield; we all want to make our town and this world a better place for now and for the future.  In our own small ways we are working towards this goal by using reusable drinks bottles when we practice and perform, by using cloth bags and wicker baskets to transport our equipment, and by using durable cloth face masks at this time of pandemic.”

Angela Walker, chairman of Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, said: “The 90+ members of Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir, most of us parents and grandparents, understand the clear and urgent need to reduce the use of plastic urgently and clear up our world environment of the damage it is doing and for which we can individually make a significant contribution.”

Trudy Ford, editor of Hasland Magazine, said: “Hasland Magazine is very pleased to be part of Plastic Free Chesterfield. Initiatives like this are the perfect way to make people think about their waste and to get people talking about how to improve in the future. I’ve had so many readers comment on the tips they’ve picked up from the Plastic Free articles in our magazine.”

The community allies are now all encouraging others to follow suit so that Chesterfield can continue to be a leading community in the fight against single-use plastics.

Greg Hewitt, Plastic Free Chesterfield Community Lead, said: “It is absolutely incredible to have the support of 50 Plastic Free Allies, especially during the Covid pandemic. Community groups and organisations are realising that plastic pollution is not acceptable, not in the sea, on the coast or as far inland as Chesterfield. It is essential we now build back better from Covid and therefore each make a pledge to reduce single-use plastic.”

The full list of Plastic Free Allies can be found on the Plastic Free Chesterfield website at: https://plasticfreechesterfield.org.uk/allies/plastic-free-allies

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