Plastic Clever Cafes

To-TEA-lly makes sense

 

Plastic Clever Festivals

Any other type is just stupid!

 

PC Organisations and businesses

Responsible business doesn't have to cost the world

 

Plastic Clever Families

Looking out for future generations

 

Plastic Clever Festivals

Any other type is just stupid!

1
1

BE PLASTIC CLEVER

Be Plastic Clever

A youth social action project

About two years ago, the Meek Family: Tim, Kerry and daughters Amy and Ella Meek, decided that they couldn’t sit back and do nothing about the amount of single-use plastic pollution they were seeing going to landfill, onto our streets, flowing into our rivers, and reaching the far reaches of our world oceans.

They were appalled by the images of dead Albatros chicks full of plastic, saddened by turtles, dolphins, whales and fish entangled by netting and seen ingesting plastic debris. And then there was THAT video about the turtle and the plastic straw.

At this time, they were also learning that plastic never biodegrades, it never goes away but instead breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, and that the seafood we eat, is very likely to have nano plastics (and the toxins they attract) in it. YUM!

And to make matters worse, they learnt about the difference between closed-loop recycling and down-cycling, and that plastic bottles of water and fizz, in the main, contain ZERO recycled plastic in them – despite being led to believe they do!

The Be Plastic Clever project is a family-funded initiative, so any support you can give will be much appreciated.

So they decided to do something …

Together they worked to have a positive impact on the single plastic issue and Amy and Ella set up Kids Against Plastic, a youth social action project with some clear aims:

  • Raise awareness of the issues associated with a misuse of the material plastic
  • Help people to use less single-use plastic, starting with easy to avoid items
  • Pick up 100,000 pieces of single-use plastic beverage items

With the help from a friend, and a festival they were helping to use less plastic, came up with the concept of people becoming ‘Plastic Clever’.

Amy Meek (14)

Co-Founder

Amy is just a regular 14 year old school girl with a hope that she will grow up in a fair and decent world where humans live peacefully alongside each other and other living animals, and a respect for the planet motivates us all to ensure we do the right thing for it - protect it.

And like other young activists around the world, Amy decided that she would try and be proactive to address some of the issues in which she feels she can make a difference, starting with single-use plastic.

Ella Meek (12)

Co-Founder

Ella is an ordinary 12 year old girl with a strong passion for animals and wildlife. When she grows up, she wants to be an animal TV presenter and raise awareness of plastic and how it affecting our planet. She wants to live in a society where people care about the animals and want to protect them and will do as much as possible to make all her hopes and dreams become a reality.

Find out about the two young founders of Kids Against Plastic

C’mon, join us!

If any young people would like to become members of the Kids Against Plastic team, that would be awesome.

Check out the site here www.kidsagainstplastic.co.uk or send an email to hello@kidsagainstplastic.co.uk

Or download the Kids Against Plastic Activism Pack.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Latest KAP Activity

Muckle LLP become Plastic Clever

We were so happy to hear that Muckle LLP wanted to be recognised as being a Plastic Clever Business. We love receiving emails from people that are clearly doing their bit for the environment, particularly with regards to single-use plastic, and we are more than happy to celebrate their efforts.

Muckle LLP have become the first law firm, and the first business in Newcastle upon Tyne, to become  ‘Plastic Clever’.

According to Richard Nixon, Associate Solicitor at LLP, they have been striving for several years to reduce their impact on the environment by following some simple yet important principles which include:

  • not having plastic cups in vending machines (they re-use glasses and china mugs instead)
  • issuing reusable drinks bottles to all staff and having mains water coolers in their offices
  • issuing reusable shopping bags
  • sharing advice and best practice

Well done everyone at LLP. You are setting a great example to other law firms around Newcastle and the UK, as well as to any other type of business that currently isn’t being ‘clever’ when it comes to their use of single use plastic in and around their offices.

#PacketIn

Love crisps but fed up of seeing non-recyclable crisp packets around your streets, left at picnic sites or worse still on a beach?

Well, instead of standing for it, let’s stand against them – well not crisps themselves but the packaging they come in. The problem is, even if people wanted to recycle their used crisp packets, they can’t – non in this country anyway because there are no facilities to recycle them (that we know of).

So, carry on enjoying the crisps but then send the used Packet back In to their manufacturers in the post.

This is the idea behind #PacketIn

Useful addresses for those wanting to #PacketIn

Walkers
Consumer Services Department
Walkers Snack Foods
FREEPOST LE4 918
Leicester
LE4 5ZY

When Iceland got a grilling!

When Iceland Foods announced that they were going to go plastic-free in 5 years it caused a real stir! It was quite a brave and bold move, but one the Kids Against Plastic obviously welcomed. They also welcomed the call from CBBC’s Newsround to go on-report to ask Iceland’s packaging director some probing questions.

Here’s how they got on…

Want to become a  Kid Against Plastic ? Get in touch!

Developing a ‘Plastic Clever’ mindset

Plastic Clever is a ‘way of thinking’ as much as anything else. It’s about being cleverer with our use of plastic; a material that has been made to literally last forever, and yet it’s used everyday in millions of single-use plastic products that have a 5 – 10 minute lifespan before being thrown away.

And the bulk of them are not even recycled. HONESTLY! That’s just stupid, isn’t?!

The BIG 4 plastic polluters are our main issue at the moment: the coffee cups and lids, plastic bottles, straws and plastic bagsWe’re not keen on plastic cutlery, micro-fibres and some other items either.

There’s nothing clever about using the BIG 4 plastic polluters!

So, we’re encouraging people – and that includes YOU – to follow simple steps and take some simple action to help reduce the number of  single-use plastic items consumed (and thrown away).

By working with individuals, families, cafes, schools, businesses and anyone else we can, we are hopeful of a cleverer future.

Are you hopeful of a cleverer future, too?

BEING PLASTIC CLEVER MAKES SO MUCH SENSE

Much of the plastic we use is single-use, and most of that isn’t recycled and ends up in landfill, burnt in incinerators, or worse still in our environment.

Why being Plastic Clever is important

Facts, stats and evidence

Plastic was invented less than a hundred years ago, yet in this short amount of time, single-use plastic in particular has become one of the biggest made-made threats to our planet today.

From the amount of oil used its manufacture, the toxic leachate produced when plastic is buried, to the millions of tonnes of plastic entering our oceans per year – single-use plastic is misused and abused with severe consequences.

Some facts and figures

  • Over the last 10 years humans have produced more plastic than during the last century.
  • For every single-use plastic bottle of water, the equivalent of around 1/5th of its capacity of oil – a finite resource – is used.

Coffee Cup Crisis in the UK
Thanks to www.phoxwater.com for this graphic.

  • It is likely that the seafood we eat contains microplastic in its gut or nano plastics in the meat tissue
  • Microplastics in the ocean attract toxins from the water around it.
  • Toxins in sealife are persistent, and biomagnify up the food chain we are the top of.
  • Toxins and chemicals from plastics are thought to cause cancer and disrupt hormones.
  • Around 60% of the plastic we use is single-use – used once and then thrown away, and about a truck’s worth of plastic enters the world’s oceans every single minute.
  • By 2050 scientists believe there will be more plastic in the sea than fish (in weight terms)
  • It is estimated that 100,000 sea mammals die from entanglement and suffocation caused by plastic marine debris.
  • Around 1 million sea birds die a year from ingesting pieces of plastic found on land or floating in the sea.
  • Approximately one in four fish caught for human consumption has pieces of plastic in its gut.

GET INVOLVED, WHOEVER YOU ARE!

Who can become Plastic Clever?

Is it relevant to me?

Be Plastic Clever is for everyone!

It really is. We are hoping that everyone will one day (soon) be single-use Plastic Clever.

To make it easy for everyone, we’ve created some ‘categories’ and provided all the information and materials to help people to make a start.

CLICK ON A CATEGORY

PLASTIC CLEVER CAFES

Be a Plastic Clever Cafe

Being a Plastic Clever Cafe is simple

40% of the plastic generated every year is single-use – the items we buy from shops and, in particular, cafes when we’re thirsty or hungry, and yet have no option but to purchase plastic.

This percentage could be decrease drastically if we all made the effort to refuse plastic but, as we always ramble on about, there currently aren’t the options. That’s why we’ve begun our new initiative, encouraging and working with cafes to become ‘Plastic-Clever’.

All the Plastic Clever Cafe scheme involves is encouraging the use of reusable items with customers, and not automatically giving out single-use plastic (e.g. straws in drinks without request).

We’re pleased to supply you with resources needed to become a Plastic Clever Cafe: a script of phrases to say when serving a customer,  and a poster explaining the Plastic Clever criteria.

We hope that through working with cafes to reduce their plastic footprint they will swap the single-use for non-plastic alternatives, or at least promote the use of reusable alternatives. And the response we’ve had from cafes to-date makes us confident that this is something that can be done – on a global scale.

Extra savings can be made too – the feedback from cafe owners has been that being Plastic Clever makes financial sense too.

REMEMBER

The BIG 4 plastic polluters are: Plastic bottles, cups and lids, straws, and bags.

Downloads for Plastic Clever Cafes


Criteria for Cafes



A help sheet



Discount codes



With this in mind, why isn’t every cafe Plastic Clever?

An example of a Plastic Clever Cafe: The Milk Lounge

Every parent knows the difficulties that surround feeding their child when out and about in town/city centres. Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding it can be hard to find the right facilities that you require, especially when it comes to weaning- it can get messy!

The Milk Lounge has all the following, to make it perfect for families!

  • Clean changing room with enough space for pushchairs
  • Create your own’ FRESH purees in five easy steps
  • A feeding room with sockets for expressing mums
  • Toddler activities and toys throughout the cafe area to keep little ones busy whilst waiting for food
  • Fresh jugs of water available
  • Waitress/waiter service for parents/carers who are feeding little ones
  • Healthy food options, as well as lots of homemade cakes
  • Vegan, dairy and gluten free alternatives
  • A buggy park
  • Breastfeeding Peer Supporter on hand (visit the ‘Breastfeeding’ page for more info)
  • Bright, exciting colours for decor, including a high contrast black and white for babies.

Charlotte from The Milk Lounge is an inspirational business woman who has fully embraced the Plastic Clever Cafe spirit.

Want to be the next Plastic Clever Cafe? Then read on.

How to become a Plastic Clever Cafe

In 4 quick steps

1. Download these resources:
Plastic Clever criteria
A help sheet for cafes
2. Go through them with your staff to make sure they all are familiar with the criteria and how to encourage customers effectively to reduce their single-use plastic footprint.
3. Encourage (persuade) your staff to be Plastic Clever too. Share the Discount Codes list with them to help them save money on Plastic Clever products.
4. Take a photo of you and some of your staff being Plastic Clever and email it to cafe@beplasticclever.co.uk
To celebrate your Plastic Clever Cafe status we will send you a certificate and a sticker to display proudly on your noticeboard and /or website. We will also add you to our list of awesome Plastic Clever Cafes and put you on our ‘Mapping the Cleverness’ map as a way of saying thank you for caring about the planet.

PLASTIC CLEVER BUSINESSES

Be a Plastic Clever Business

Being a Plastic Clever Business is simple.

It’s nothing more than a small commitment to try and encourage your employees to reduce or stop using the BIG 4 single-use plastic polluters in their every day lives.

And you do this by displaying two A4 posters somewhere in a public space: canteen, noticeboard or virtually on your company intranet.

The idea is that you, the company, set a good environmental example to your workers by making them aware of how they can make better everyday choices that will benefit the environment.

And you’ll also be helping them save money as we have arranged some exclusive Plastic Clever discount codes that will entitle them to buying reduced-rate refillable bottles, coffee cups and straws (+ more).

Extra savings can be made as any decent coffee shops these-days offers hearty discounts to customers using re-usable coffee cups.

REMEMBER

The BIG 4 plastic polluters are: Plastic bottles, cups and lids, straws, and bags.

Downloads for Plastic Clever Businesses


Guide for Employers



Guide for Employees



Discount codes


Knowing this, it would be stupid not to become a Plastic Clever Business, wouldn’t it?

An example of a Plastic Clever Business: Incredible Oceans

Incredible Oceans is an education outreach programme from the World Cetacean Alliance – the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises – delivered by WhaleFest, an organisation delivering the world’s largest children’s outreach events about cetacea.

“Being ‘plastic clever’ is smart, really smart, and Incredible Oceans is fully in. From our legion of volunteers to our core staff team, we inspire and cajole each other to continually drive our organisation’s policy to be thoroughly plastic clever.  In fact we share the message to all who take part in our events: together saying ‘no-way’ to single-use plastic in every way that we can, and saying ‘yes, way’ to easy-to-find, easy-to-use reusable cups, straws and bags.”

| Ian Rowlands, Founder |

We love these guys  – they are such an inspiration. We are so happy to have Incredible Oceans onboard as a Plastic Clever Business.

Want to be the next Plastic Clever Business? Then read on.

How to become a Plastic Clever Business

In 4 quick steps

1. Download these resources:
A PC business would
A PC Employee
2. Display them on a staff noticeboard or shared space, along with the Plastic Clever  Discount Codes list for discounted reusable products.
3. Encourage (persuade) your staff to be Plastic Clever Employees
4. Take a photo of you and some of your staff being Plastic Clever and email it to business@beplasticclever.co.uk
To celebrate your Plastic Clever Business status we will send you a certificate and a sticker to display proudly on your noticeboard and /or website. We will also add you to our list of awesome Plastic Clever Businesses and put you on our ‘Mapping the Cleverness’ map as a way of saying thank you for caring about the planet.

PLASTIC CLEVER ORGANISATIONS

PLASTIC CLEVER FAMILIES

Be a Plastic Clever Family

Being a Plastic Clever Family is easy

We’re not asking for families to become single-use plastic free (well not just yet anyway), instead we’re hoping that families (adults and kids) will become a bit more ‘Plastic Clever’ and reduce, or even better, stop using the BIG 4 single-use plastic polluters in their every day lives.

And you do this by meeting some simple-to-achieve criteria:

  • Say ‘No straw please!‘ when ordering a drink at a cafe, pub or bar
  • Use a reusable coffee cup when buying a take-away coffee
  • Ask for free tap water refills and use a refillable water bottle instead of plastic bottles
  • Carry a Bag for Life to ensure you NEVER…. EVER… use a plastic carrier bag AGAIN

And to help incentivise you beyond just doing the clever thing because it’s the right thing, we will even help save you money. You see, we have arranged some exclusive Plastic Clever discount codes that will entitle them to buying reduced-rate refillable bottles, coffee cups and straws (+ more).

Extra savings can be made as any decent coffee shops these-days offers hearty discounts to customers using re-usable coffee cups.

REMEMBER

The BIG 4 plastic polluters are: Plastic bottles, cups and lids, straws, and bags.

Downloads for Plastic Clever Families


Criteria for PC families



Discount codes


Being a Plastic Clever Family makes so much sense, doesn’t it?

An example of a Plastic Clever Family: The Turns Family

Ella lives in Devon and loves boating and playing on the beach so she’s on a mission to help to reduce the amount of plastic litter in Salcombe-Kingsbridge estuary.

She’s keen to get as many cafes, restaurants, hotels and pubs signed up to be #PlasticClever before the next busy summer season kicks in, with help from her mum Anna, a biologist and journalist specialising in sustainability. They are proud to be an active part of Kids Against Plastic.

“Salcombe estuary is a special place for our family and we want to protect it from ocean plastics as much as we can. So we’re celebrating people and businesses doing great things along our beautiful patch of Devon coastline – proving that little people really can make big changes!”
| Anna and Ella |

In the short time that Anna and Ella have been interested in the Kids Against Plastic project they have been very enthusiastic and proactive, and they have already made a significant positive impact in their local area. Awesome work!

Want to be the next Plastic Clever Family? Then read on.

How to become a Plastic Clever Family

In 4 quick steps

1. Download the PC Family pdf:
Plastic Clever Family Criteria
2. Chat over the criteria together as a family to gain mutual understanding of how to be a Plastic Clever Family. Use the Plastic Clever  Discount Codes list to gain discounts on any products you may need.
3. Encourage (persuade) others to reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use, particularly the BIG 4 polluters.
4. Take a photo of you all as a family showing you are Plastic Clever and email it to family@beplasticclever.co.uk
To celebrate you being a committed and passionate Plastic Clever Family we will send you a certificate and a sticker to display proudly on a window, car windscreen/or website. We will also add you to our list of awesome Plastic Clever Families as a way of saying thank you for caring about the planet.

PLASTIC CLEVER SCHOOLS

Be a Plastic Clever School

Being a Plastic Clever School is child’s play

Any school has the capacity to become Plastic Clever. It could be something lead by students themselves or be driven by the school’s sustainability team (students and staff) in their efforts to reduce or even better remove the BIG 4 single-use plastic polluters from the everyday school experience.

The school canteen can be a place full of unnecessary single-use plastics – but this doesn’t have to be the case. It’s really easy to swap out the plastic packaging and encourage your school population to become more eco-conscious, plastic-aware, consumers.

You can start by displaying two A4 posters somewhere in a public space: canteen, noticeboard or on your school website. Being Plastic Clever is really about understanding the need for some small changes in our lifestyles, and then making those changes. This YoutTube video by BBC Unplugged – How much plastic is in our oceans? –  gives a great summary of some of the issues associated with single-use plastics and the environment.

Take Action

The important (and fun) part of becoming Plastic Clever is taking action. To get a school onboard, you might need to use your powers of persuasion to help people understand and appreciate the impact plastic is having, and how and why they can be involved as important agents of change. Put up posters, do a litter pick and demonstrate just how prevalent single-use plastics. Have meetings, write songs, write letters … do whatever it takes.

Help persuade the hard to convert by helping them to save money; we have arranged some exclusive Plastic Clever discount codes that will entitle them to buying reduced-rate refillable bottles, coffee cups and straws (+ more).

Whatever you do, keep at it and don’t give up until you’ve made your school a Plastic Clever one. Good luck.

REMEMBER

The BIG 4 plastic polluters are: Plastic bottles, cups and lids, straws, and bags.

Downloads for Plastic Clever Schools


A guide for schools



Criteria for schools



Discount codes



How to become a Plastic Clever School

In 4 quick steps

1. Download these resources:
A guide for schools
Criteria for schools
2. Display them on school noticeboards, in canteens or shared spaces, along with the Plastic Clever  Discount Codes list for discounted reusable products.
3. Encourage, persuade, do all you can to get staff and pupils on message and on-board with making your school a Plastic Clever school.
4. Take a photo of some pupils and staff being Plastic Clever and email it to school@beplasticclever.co.uk
To celebrate your Plastic Clever School status we will send you a certificate and a sticker to display proudly on your noticeboard and /or website. We will also add you to our list of awesome Plastic Clever Schools and put you on our ‘Mapping the Cleverness’ map as a way of saying thank you for caring about the planet.

If any of your students would like to become members of the Kids Against Plastic team, that would be awesome.

Check out the site here www.kidsagainstplastic.co.uk or send an email to hello@kidsagainstplastic.co.uk

Or download the Kids Against Plastic Activism Pack.

We look forward to hearing from you.

PLASTIC CLEVER GUIDE AND SCOUT GROUPS

Be a Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group

Being a Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group is easy

Be Plastic Clever is aimed at inspiring young people to become agents of positive change, so we are delighted to be able to offer the Guide and Scout Group category as a potentially very important one – Guides and Scout groups are generally made up of interested and engaged young people, and the Be Plastic Clever values and aims fit well with the those of the Guides and Scouting movements.

And you need to do the become a Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group is meet some some simple-to-achieve criteria:

Work with your young people to help them understand the important environmental issues associated with single-use plastic, ideally getting them actively involved in campaigning for a change in mindset/behaviours at a local level or involved with learning single-use plastic off the streets and other environments.

You will also encourage your young people to…

  • … say ‘No straw please!‘ when ordering a drink at a cafe or restaurant.
  • …use a reusable coffee cup when buying a take-away hot drinks
  • … ask for free tap water refills and use a refillable water bottle instead of plastic bottles
  • … carry a Bag for Life to ensure they NEVER…. EVER… use a plastic carrier bag AGAIN

And to help incentivise the young people beyond just doing the clever thing because it’s the right thing, make them aware that being Plastic Clever will even help them to save money. You see, we have arranged some exclusive Plastic Clever discount codes that will entitle them to buying reduced-rate refillable bottles, coffee cups and straws (+ more).

Extra savings can be made as any decent coffee shops these-days offers hearty discounts to customers using re-usable coffee cups.

REMEMBER

The BIG 4 plastic polluters are: Plastic bottles, cups and lids, straws, and bags.

Downloads for Plastic Clever Guide and Scout Groups


Criteria for Guides & Scouts



Discount codes


Being a Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group makes so much sense, doesn’t it?

An example of a Plastic Clever Troop: 1st Thatcham Guides

Hannah Marsh is one of the leaders of the 1st Thatcham Guide group that are active in the Berkshire area.

After asking her guides what they’d like to do during their sessions with her they chose to try and help animals and so with a bit of thought and planning Hannah embarked on an environmental topic that an important focus on finding out about the impact single-use plastics are having on the environment.

And so a range of activities were planned, including:

  • education about the harm single use plastics can do
  • a trip to the beach to do a litter pick
  • speaking to local coffee shops to encourage them to become plastic clever

We are delighted to have 1St Thatcham Guides as part of the Be Plastic Clever campaign and really hope they want to be come onboard as Kids Against Plastic.

Well done Hannah and team, and of course the amazing guides themselves for being concerned about the planet but more importantly, for ‘being prepared’ to do something about it!

Want your Group to be the next Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group? Then read on.

How to become a Plastic Clever Troop

In 4 quick steps

1. Download the PC Guide / Scout Group pdf:
Plastic Clever Guide/Scout Criteria
2. Chat over the criteria together as a group to gain mutual understanding of how your young people can be Plastic Clever individuals. Use the Plastic Clever  Discount Codes list to gain discounts on any products your young people, or their families, may need.
3. Encourage your young people to persuade others to reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use, particularly the BIG 4 polluters.
4. Take a photo of you all as a Group holding reusables etc  and email it to guidesandscouts@beplasticclever.co.uk
To celebrate you being a committed and passionate Plastic Clever Guide or Scout Group we will send you a certificate and a sticker to display proudly on a window, car windscreen/or website. We will also add you to our ‘Map of Plastic Awesomeness’ as a way of saying thank you for caring about the planet.

PLASTIC CLEVER ADVENTURERS

Be a Plastic Clever Adventurer

Being a Plastic Clever Adventurer is SO important

Adventurers (or anyone outdoorsy really) often wear a lot of clothing made from man-made fibres like nylon and polyester. There are reasons for using these materials (hard wearing, waterproof) but there are also some downsides to using plastic-based materials … microfibres! Around 1,000 and 2,000 microfibres on average get washed out of a fleece or base layer EVERY TIME they are washed. And because these fibres are so tiny, they go directly into our waterways, rivers and finally our oceans.


Fleece fluff after a regular wash



Plastic microfibres (magnified)


So being a Plastic Clever Adventurer is asking people to make a commitment to reducing the amount of plastic microfibres they are responsible for, as well as reducing the amount of single-use plastic they use.

Here is the criteria for meeting the Plastic Clever Adventurer status:

  • Reduce the number of times you wash your outdoor gear. Wash it when it’s dirty, and I mean properly dirty.
  • Stop using the BIG 4 single-use plastic polluters in your every day lives.

Those looking to commit more to reducing their microfibre impact could:

  • Buy outdoor gear that has some sort of odour control system – like Polygiene – meaning even fewer washes.
  • Wash outdoor gear in a bag that catches the microfibres during the wash cycle. See right for info on the Guppy Friend Bag.

And to help incentivise you beyond just doing the clever thing because it’s the right thing, we will even help save you money. You see, we have arranged some exclusive Plastic Clever discount codes that will entitle them to buying reduced-rate refillable bottles, coffee cups and straws (+ more).

Extra savings can be made as any decent coffee shops these-days offers hearty discounts to customers using re-usable coffee cups.

Downloads for Plastic Clever Adventurers


Criteria for Adventurers



Discount codes


REMEMBER

The BIG 4 plastic polluters are: Plastic bottles, cups and lids, straws, and bags.

Going the extra mile – in true adventurer stylee, right?

Look to buy products with built-in odour protection, like Polygiene.

Polygiene is a layer that is added to lots of outdoor clothing brands during the manufacturing phase. It’s designed to stop the growth of bacteria that feeds on human sweat – it is infact the bacteria that make the sweat smell. The idea is that with our clothes staying fresher for longer, you’ll save time and money by washing less. More importantly for us, less washing  = fewer microfibres down our drains. Simple but clever, eh?

 

Be friendly to the organisms in our waterways and oceans by washing your non-natural fibre-based garments in  Guppy Friend Bag.

The idea behind the Guppy Friend Bag is simple; because it’s made from very fine mesh netting, the water flows through but the microfibres that have broken off the garment during the wash cycle are trapped in the seams of the bag. The result: these harmful fibres are kept out of the waterways and can be disposed off in the rubbish bin (until councils provide a better system for keeping plastic fibres out of the environment completely – not just water environments).


A natural way to reduce the amount of plastic microfibres we are responsible for flushing into our waterways is to wear (and wash) natural fibres – ones that don’t last forever in the environment, but those that biodegrade instead.

BAM are an awesome company that create clothing from sustainable sources of natural bamboo fibres. As a family, we wear as many natural fibres as we can, and BAM are one of our faves.


Another natural fibre option in a light wool, such as merino. Soft on the skin – no scratchiness or itching – and cooling when conditions are hot, and sure to keep you warm when it’s cold and wet – a great base layer option.

Here’s a link to more information about merino wool.

Being a Plastic Clever Adventurer is the only to be, right?

An example of a Plastic Clever Outdoorsy person: Me!

OK, so this is a bit embarrassing, but I’ll hold this page until another adventurer / outdoorsy person comes and stakes a claim for it.

But to prove I’m kind of worthy of holding this spot, let me explain the items in the photograph:

  • Polygiene socks – recently worn for 5 days (at work and during a weekend festival – I only took 1 pair) and they didn’t pong!
  • Window sticker – awarded to myself
  • Rab base layer – lined with Polygiene allowing me to also wear this for 5 days (with no deodorant) – and nobody noticed
  • Guppy Friend bag – I always wash my outdoor gear in a Guppy to catch all the plastic microfibres.

Coming soon is another addition to my efforts to reduce my microfibre count – a Cora Ball. This simple innovation – based on coral no less – was a Kickstarter project I supported and when my Cora Ball arrives it will drop into the washer and collect any rogue microfibres the Guppy Friend might miss.

Oh, and I’m excited about another microfibre product, but that will have to wait a little longer [wink].

Want to be the next Plastic Clever Adventurer? Then read on.

How to become a Plastic Clever Adventurer

In 4 quick steps

1. Download the PC Family pdf:
Plastic CleverAdventurer Criteria
2. Look at the criteria and commit to them (and the idea of washing your clothes less). Use the Plastic Clever  Discount Codes list to gain discounts on any products aimed at the BIG 4 polluters you may need.
3. Encourage (persuade) other adventurers or outdoorsy people to consider becoming Plastic Clever.
4. Take a photo of you showing you are Plastic Clever and email it to adventurer@beplasticclever.co.uk
To celebrate you being a committed and passionate Plastic Clever Adventurer we will send you a certificate and a sticker to display proudly on a window, car windscreen/or website. We will also add you to our list of awesome Plastic Clever adventurers as a way of saying thank you for caring about the planet.

CLEVER ADVENTURERS

Tamsyn and Monty Halls

Zoe Holmes

Helen Glover

PLASTIC CLEVER FESTIVALS

Be a Plastic Clever Festival

Be Plastic Clever Festival, you know it’s the right thing to do

Festivals have a terrible reputation for being generators go HUGE amounts of single-use plastic, particularly the BIG 4 items.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, being environmentally aware (or not) is a choice. So, if a festival produces bags of single-use plastic litter over its course, someone has made a decision for it to be that way! Hmm, that’s not so impressive is it? (particularly as the decision to be plastic stupid will have been made based on finances not morals or values).

It certainly DOESN’T have to be that way

Making a festival ‘Plastic Clever’ is quite simple. After all, remember, it’s not about being plastic free, just clever.

Here is the criteria for meeting the Plastic Clever Festival status:

  • Offer FREE water refills
  • Give people using reusable mugs and cups a discount.
  • Straws and lids are ONLY given out when asked for.
  • No single use plastic bags are used
  • Single-use plastic cutlery is only given out when asked for, and where possible, reusable cutlery is used.

Making the clever way the cheaper way

And to help incentivise you beyond just doing the clever thing because it’s the right thing, we will even help save you money. You see, we have arranged some exclusive Plastic Clever discount codes that will entitle them to buying reduced-rate refillable bottles, coffee cups and straws (+ more).

Extra savings can be made as any decent coffee shops these-days offers hearty discounts to customers using re-usable coffee cups.

REMEMBER

The BIG 4 plastic polluters are: Plastic bottles, cups and lids, straws, and bags.

Go a wee bit further to make your festival even cleverer

Plastic Clever Festivals should also try and reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles are sold by vendors.

Downloads for Festival organisers



Criteria for Festivals



Discount codes



Who’d organise plastic stupid festival anyway?

An example of a Plastic Clever Festival: Yestival

Yestival was setup by Dave Cornthwaite and a small team of volunteers in 2015 and has become one of if not THE most inspiring weekend festivals that anyone could have.

Set in the delightful grounds of Brinsbury Agricultural College, Yestival is a place to meet new friends, catch up with old friends and be inspired (that’s guaranteed).
Yestival held what we think was the first ever 100% single-use plastic free festival. There was no single-use plastic anywhere during the festival. A free reusable water bottle went to each guest, a Yestival mug was used for all drinks from the cafe and bar, and food was served and eaten using recyclable paper and wooden plates and cutlery

You see – it CAN be done.

https://sayyesmore.com/yestival/

Want to make your festival Plastic Clever?  Great, then read on.

How to become a Plastic Clever Festival

In 4 quick steps

1. Download the PC Festival Criteria pdf:
2. Speak to any vendors, stall holders or facilities associated with your event and get them to commit to the PC Festival criteria.
3. Help your festival goers be refillable-ready by sharing exclusive discounts ahead of the event.
4. Take a photo showing you are committed to being a Plastic Clever Festival and email it to festival@beplasticclever.co.uk
To celebrate your Plastic Clever Festival status we will send you a certificate and a sticker to proudly display ahead of your festival. We will also add you to our Plastic Clever map as a way of recognising and publicising your magnificent achievement.

CLEVER FESTIVALS

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS

Thanks to awesome companies – and their commitment and passion towards caring for the planet we all share – we are proud to share with you some discount codes that will give you some healthy discounts on products that are also good for the health of the planet.

Discount coming soon

0 Waste Market: Zero waste, sustainable and ethical shopping
Discount code:  MEEK10 on ANYTHING
MEEK15  on 10+ products

Web: 0 Waste

Water-to-Go: Refillable water bottles that filter 99.9% of contaminants
Discount code: MEEK15
Web: Water 2 Go

A Fine Choice: Reusable, vegan eco products
Discount code: MEEK15
Web: A Fine Choice

Klean Kanteen: Creators of stainless steel, BPA-free refillable bottles
Discount code: MEEK10
Web: Klean Kanteen

CanO Water: Still and sparkling water in a resealable recyclable can.
Discount code: MEEK10
Web: CanO Water

Discount coming soon

Discount coming soon

Ecoffee Cup: Reusable coffee cups made from bamboo fibre
Discount code: MEEK20
Web: Ecoffee Cup

BAM Clothing: Stylish clothing made from bamboo fibres.
Discount code: MEEK15
Web: BAM

Blacks: Outdoor clothing, shoes + equipment
Discount code: MEEK15
15% off Polygiene treated products
Web: Blacks

ANYTHING BUT PLASTIC: Products made from alternatives to plastic
Discount code: MEEK10
10% off online prices
Web: Anything But Plastic

Please share them with anyone you think is interested in buying products that will help them use less single-use plastic in their everyday life!

Download a PDF version

MAPPING THE CLEVERNESS

Plastic Clever-ness is spreading across the UK – and beyond, actually!

See the map below to see the Plastic Clever organisations and institutions in your area.

Remember: if there’s a Plastic Clever Cafe in your area, you can go there for free water refills and discounted coffees 🙂

Map Key:

Business

Cafe

Festival

GET IN TOUCH

We’d love to hear from you …

Please do get in touch if you are interested in becoming Plastic Clever, of if you have any other enquiries.

Thank you.

BLOG / NEWS

Business
June 24, 2018

Muckle LLP; our first Plastic Clever law firm!

Muckle LLP are Plastic Clever! We are super happy to have our first Plastic Clever law firm on board! And in fact, Muckle LLP have not only become our first law firm…

Business
April 10, 2018

Eco to Go; a Plastic Clever business!

Eco-to-Go are Plastic Clever!

Cafe
March 30, 2018

Sea Salt Cafe is Plastic Clever

Yay! Sea Salt Cafe are Plastic Clever When we hear from a cafe that is interested in being recognised as Plastic Clever, we know that the good work that Blue...
AdventurersFestivals
March 12, 2018

ShAFF 18 – a Plastic Clever Festival

Well Done Sheffield Adventure Film Festival The cafes would serve coffee in people’s refillable containers The straws were moved behind the counter and only given when asked for Water bottles…

School
February 28, 2018

Hero Of the Week – Nadia (aka Trash Girl)

We've personally experienced mild trolling and teasing at school from the kids that don't understand what Kids Against Plastic is really about, or are ignorant to the problem of plastic...
Uncategorized
February 28, 2018

The WORLD’S BIGGEST BEACH CLEAN

Fancy taking part in the WORLD’S BIGGEST BEACH CLEAN? Well, you’re in luck. The Marine Conservation Society are holding just that in Shoreham this March, and all you need to…