In a time when society can feel so divided and social isolation is affecting 1 in 3 of us, we feel tackling plastic waste is an amazing opportunity for everyone to work together, with a shared sense of purpose.
Research by Sky Ocean Rescue shows that 87% of Brits are concerned by the UK’s use of plastics. So many of us are aware of the devastating impact plastic waste is having right now on our health and natural environment, especially when it’s not recycled. Councils aren’t able to recycle all types of plastic. In the UK two thirds goes to landfill where it takes 500 years or more to degrade and along the way 12 million tonnes ends up in our oceans. We want to channel this collective energy towards a community up-cycling system by providing lots of different ways for people to get involved with re-using our plastic waste.
We are designing sociable, inclusive and practical activities around the whole process;
from collecting plastic waste; cleaning and sorting; all the way through to actually designing and making new, useful products from plastic waste. As we run and organise activities we'll aim to help build meaningful new connections across the community.
We know that plastic waste is a big issue for lots of people, no matter our age, race, gender, income, abilities or religion. In fact over 80% of us are concerned about it in the UK. It's a problem that unites us.
We aim to share the resources that the local area need to reuse plastic waste for their own benefit. We want to make sure our activities and resources suit a whole range of abilities and time commitments. This includes everything across the whole recycling and up-cycling process from collecting and cleaning plastic, right through to designing and making new things from the waste. The more different opportunities the more people can get involved!
We believe that by working together to creatively reuse plastic waste, we become better connected, happier, healthier and more resilient as a community.
Plastic is an amazing material that we can reuse and recycle locally. We're not just talking about putting your plastic in the right bin - we mean actually turning it into something you will find useful again. By reducing the amount we waste and reusing it for our own benefit we can help create a more sustainable, greener and cleaner society.
We hope that reusing plastic waste locally will soon become a part of everyday life in Stockport.
Take a look at activities you could get involved with here. Or book a workshop with us for your community group, staff team, class or event!
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