"By 2025, production capacity is expected to increase by 33-36% for both ethylene and propylene. If constructed, this massive expansion in capacity could lock in plastic production for decades, undermining efforts to reduce consumption and reverse the plastics crisis."
The Story of Stuff.
THE STORY OF PLASTIC takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.
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Just before the Covid-19 enforced lockdown we held a very productive Camden Unwrapped Plastic Hackathon at the Think & Do space in Kentish Town where we discussed options for replacing SUP at various events/locations. We were joined by Councillor Lorna Russell who is Camden Council's Special Advisor on Plastic.
This year we were welcomed at the bigger Waitrose in Swiss Cottage for our Mass Unwrap.
The weather was unbelievably worse than the year before but we engaged with many shoppers who were happy to free their shopping from unnecessary plastic packaging.
We held a workshop at the West Hampstead Christmas Market where we shared sustainable wrapping & present decoration ideas. Self-assembled cracker kits, reused Christmas cards for tags & natural present toppers made from pinecones, holly & ribbon were just some of the ideas.
We had a stall at The Jester Festival for the second year running where we challenged passers-by to take our Recycling Challenge. We also improved recycling rates on Fortune Green (by taking charge of the rubbish!) & encouraged people to 'refill' their water bottles by signposting where several taps were located, instead of buying bottled water.
Thanks to Emmanuel CE Primary School for inviting us to talk with your pupils about recycling & plastic. It was great to see how passionate & knowledgeable your Eco Team & 5th Year pupils were.
A very busy Sunday under the rain for all the volunteers who joined us for our litter pick and mass unwrap events.
Thanks to the 8th St Marylebone (Diehards) Scout Group for inviting us. We enjoyed discussing the plastic pollution problem with you & were impressed by your knowledge. Well done for creating an Environmental Conservation Activity Badge. Keep up the good work & take the anti-SUP message to your schools.
Another successful event for our campaign against excessive use of plastic! It turns out that West Hampstead residents (who took our recycling challenge) are pretty knowledgeable about recycling scoring 22 out of 30 on average.
Remember that in your recycling bin, you can easily recycle plastic labelled 1, 2 and 5. Plastics that wrap food or that you peel of trays cannot be recycled.
We visited the Bywaters Lea riverside recycling facility to understand what happens with some of the materials we recycle.
Click here to see what we learned
Only a third of plastic packaging used in consumer products is recycled each year. We will play our part in trying to improve that statistic. Watch the space for our Recycling challenge event in September.
Our first community event at the Jester Festival was a huge success.
It was brilliant to engage with the local community and to receive so much interest and support.
Thank you West Hampstead residents and thanks to all the wonderful suppliers who lent us their ‘alternative to plastic’ products to show off.
A little film....
We made this film to highlight the amount of single-use plastic that is sometimes used at amateur sporting events. It is in no way a criticism of the charities or the participants, (all of whom are awesome) but merely serves to highlight the issue and suggest some alternatives.