In 2019 Redruth Town Council declared a Climate Emergency. This declaration required action, and so Redruth Town Council created a Climate Action Plan. There are many elements to the action plan both short- and medium-term goals including a pledge to support Cornwall Council’s Climate Action Plan, forming a Climate Action committee, making more space for nature, and engaging with the community.
One example of community engagement is the active role Redruth Town Council is taking in Plastic Free Redruth, alongside Transition Redruth and other community members.
The Plastic Free Communities work is a Surfers Against Sewage campaign in which towns, villages, and cities around the UK are taking action; working with businesses and other key stakeholders, to reduce the amount of needless plastic used every day, much of which ends up in our environment and as we all know, takes years to break down, if at all. We are working with an amazing voluntary community group called Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition to link up and be part of a wider voice hoping to make a huge difference through lobbying and education.
As the Plastic Free movement continues to grow, why not be apart of it, and to help you make a start, here’s some helpful hints –
10 Ways to be Plastic Free
- Carry a reusable water bottle and look out for ReFill stations around Redruth or download the ReFill app, to get your water bottle filled up for FREE
- Bring your own bag whether a canvas tote bag or a bag for life, replace your flimsy and environmentally unfriendly plastic bag for something sturdier and reusable
- Say no to plastic straws, maybe use a paper one or better yet, bring your own
- Why not re-fill it? We are so lucky to have a fantastic ReFill store and green grocers in Redruth
- Show your support and buy from places who are reducing and removing needless plastic, which there are many in Redruth
- Bring your own reusable coffee cup rather than a takeaway cup, plus some places give you MONEY OFF for using your own
- Refuse that balloon there are other ways to celebrate like paper decorations which you can buy or make yourself
- Shop smart and think about the plastic you are buying, avoid one’s that can’t be recycled
- Recycle what plastic you do use
- Take part in litter picks and encourage others to join you, even if just around your local area, it all makes a difference