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SIGN THE PLEDGE

Greater Manchester is setting its businesses, organisations, residents, workers and visitors a challenge.

We are asking for your support to help us stamp out single-use plastics in our city-region and become carbon-neutral by 2038. By making more sustainable choices about the products we use, the way we work, and the way we live our lives…we can all make a positive change to our city-region.

The first step is to sign the pledge and commit to taking action to reduce avoidable single-use plastics across Greater Manchester.

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REASONS TO MAKE A CHANGE

250 METRIC
TONNES

Scientists predict there will be
250 million metric tons of plastic
in the ocean by 2030.
By 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans
than there are fish.

9 BILLION
PLASTIC STRAWS

It is estimated that somewhere between 5 billion - 9 billion single-use plastic straws are thrown away in the UK every year

400 YEARS
TO DEGRADE

Plastic straws are used on
average for 20 minutes, but can
take over 400 years to degrade.

Success Stories

Refill Greater Manchester

It's looking good for Greater Manchester to be one of the greatest Refillable regions in the UK! We're growing our network of local refill schemes day by day - so whethe....

Paper Bee Sip Straws

A new straw joins the hive — The Manchester Bee Paper Sip Straw! The sip straw is a neat 5.5” (14cm) with a small bore, and is the perfect size for cocktails, mixed ....

M20 Refills

Despite the fact that there are now a wide range of eco-friendly cleaning and personal care products on the market, the majority of them still come in single-use plastic ....

Envirolution Festival

Envirolution is a volunteer-led one day festival held annually at Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield The festival celebrates all aspects of living sustainably. It’s free....

Gronn Eco Salon

Sustainability is clearly something that’s very close to Rachael Kennedy’s heart… “I guess I’ve always been what you would call a conscious consumer”, says ....

SeaStraw

Working with pubs, bars, restaurants and other businesses using disposable food items ...they help the businesses to transition to sustainable alternatives and become pl....

Paper Bee Straws

Paper bee straws are creating a plastic-free buzz around Greater Manchester Their arrival is part of a growing range of initiatives that all contribute towards the Mayor....

Grindsmith

Grindsmith began as a paperless business ...but for owner Pete, that just simply was not enough! The next step was to use plastic packaging alternatives such as large re....

Fulfilled

Fulfilled is the brain child of Abbie Sellers Abbie is a person on a mission to inspire and educate others to reduce their plastic waste footprint through sustainable sh....

Flourish

The products on offer ...are free from single-use plastics, and the business was created in response to owner Nikki’s frustration at how difficult it can be to find pl....

Refill Greater Manchester

Join the Refill Revolution and Put Your Tap on the Map!!

 
If you’re a business with a tap and can offer free refills to the public, then all you need to do is add a few details to the Refill App. Once your station is live, you’ll be ready to welcome thirsty refillers and benefit from increased exposure and footfall as a result.

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SEE HOW YOU COULD HELP

On this site you’ll find lots of information, advice and guidance to help you reduce the amount of single-use plastics you use. We want to help you make the right choices – whether that’s choosing to remove some products (always the best option), choosing a re-usable alternative (next best option) or switching to easily recyclable items.

The first step is to sign our pledge and commit to take action to reduce avoidable single-use plastics across Greater Manchester. By making a commitment today you can help to make Greater Manchester one of the greenest UK city regions. We are always adding new content to our site so keep checking back for further information.