Plastic Free Wilmslow

Plastic Free Coastlines Mass Unwrap 2020

We participated in this year’s Mass Unwrap at Waitrose Wilmslow on Saturday 29th February. Many thanks to the staff and shoppers at Waitrose on a busy Saturday morning. The staff could not have been more helpful so a big thank you to them.  Our volunteers spoke to around 100 shoppers, many of whom agreed that they had too much plastic in their trolleys and agreed to unwrap and leave behind plastic packaging they did not want. The biggest bugbears were plastic wrapped hard fruit and veg (anyone got an explanation as to why a swede needs a plastic coat?) and those multipacks wrapped in plastic….the idea is you get 4 for the price of three, but any till could work that out. One lady pointed out that as you get older plastic packaging becomes more and more difficult to open and frankly dangerous sometimes if you are tempted to open it with a sharp implement. Meat seems to come wrapped twice in plastic, and some people suggested shops should just get rid of plastic carrier bags altogether….that would make us remember our shopping bags! Our data has been uploaded to the SAS citizen science webpage and the results will be fed back to the supermarkets. Thank you to everyone who helped or participated.
Photo Credits: Heather Midwood-Blake

YES!!! Wilmslow has been certified as a Plastic Free Town – so many individuals and businesses have taken/are taking action to reduce their plastic use. Lots more to do of course, but thanks for all that you have done!

The following businesses have been identified as Plastic Free heroes!

Peter Herds, 
Hoopers, 
Rise Coffee Shop, 
Suburban Green, 
Anthology, 
Sarafina, 
LJ Natural, 
Hunger Trains, 
The Old Dancer, 
Café Azul, 
The Rex Cinema, 
Simply Argan 
Quarry Bank 
Esky Hairdressing

Please use them, tell us you value their action in reducing single use plastics, and let us know who else would be added to the list! Keep up the pressure on other businesses……politely let them know that you want them to reduce the amount of particularly single use plastic that they use andbuy plastic free where you can. Don’t forget to take your KeepCup when you buy a coffee and ask for your discount! Keep asking for plastic free…people power works!

Are you a Wilmslow Business looking to go plastic free? Check out this guide from the Marine Conservation Society and let us know what you think and what changes you are making to save our seas! https://www.mcsuk.org/clean-seas/plasticfree-business

Did you see War on Plastics on TV? Lots of people were really moved by what is happening to our planet from plastics. On the 4th July, about 80 children, young people, and adults met outside the Library in Wilmslow with plastic to return to Sainsburys, as part of Plastic Free Wilmslow’s efforts to demonstrate that we do not need plastic in so much of what is sold to us. We were filmed for a future BBC broadcast, with children from the High School and several local primaries schools getting individual interviews about why they were retuning that plastic. We then processed across the car park to place the plastic in to a shopping trolley and returned it to the Manager with our messages.

Meanwhile, if you shop at Sainsburys, buy your vegetables loose into your basket- they are cheaper and better for the planet, as well as encouraging the management that it is possible.

We would love to hear what you think: email plasticfreewilmslow@gmail.com