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Here you’ll find regular updates about the campaign and the wider work of the GMCA including our plans to make Greater Manchester one of the greenest city regions in Europe. PlasticFreeGM is one campaign within a huge range of other actions in our efforts to lower our city-regions carbon footprint, and move towards carbon neutrality. We also aim to reduce energy use, pollution, and support Greater Manchester in becoming a more sustainable place to work, live and visit.

Ban on plastic straws now in force in England

Oct 13, 2020

Ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds now in force in England.....Read more

Plastic straws and stirrers ban delayed

Apr 23, 2020

The UK Government has postponed the ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds for 6 months due to the coronavirus outbreak.....Read more

Grab Your Cup If You Know What’s Up

Jan 09, 2020

Grab your cup if you know what's up From today, music lovers in Manchester will wake up to a new jingle on radio stations, Spotify and YouTube, created by Fun Lovin’ C....Read more

Refill Rammy

Nov 21, 2019

Bottle Fountain brings fresh, free tap water to Rammy as part of Refill Campaign Refill Ramsbottom, co-ordinated by Plastic Free Rammy, has been running in Ramsbottom s....Read more

Reducing Plastic Waste Business Breakfast

Sep 04, 2019

What can your business do to reduce plastic waste? Business Breakfast 18 September 2019 | 08.00 - 10.30, National Graphene Institute strong>....Read more

Green Carrier

Apr 15, 2019

Carrier bags in Greater Manchester are going Green! Compostable carrier bags that double as food waste caddy-liners are the greenest shopping bags you can buy!....Read more

Refill

Apr 15, 2019

Greater Manchester joins the Refill Revolution preventing millions of plastic bottles at source Refill, the award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution by conne....Read more

Paper Bee Straws

Nov 21, 2018

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....Read more

Big businesses give a boost to climate action

Nov 16, 2018

Aldi, the Co-op, United Utilities and Manchester Airport Group are among a number of big businesses to ramp up their climate commitments following discussions with the Gr....Read more

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

Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Repeat

REFILL. REFRESHED. City to Sea have taken their award-winning Refill campaign to the next level!Refill will always be a drinking water campaign, but plastic polluti....

Keeping reusable coffee cups on the menu

#CONTACTLESSCOFFEE The #ContactlessCoffee campaign has been launched by City to Sea in partnership with Better Food to advise cafes and restaurants on how to safely use ....

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....

#ChoosetoReuse #PlasticFreeGM

Living with less plastic is made easy thanks to the @Refill app!

It’s time to transition away from our disposable culture, towards systems of reuse and refill. Get the app and join the Refill Revolution!

 

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