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Welcome to the PlasticFreeGM news page

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.

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


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

City-Region Wide Plan

Nov 15, 2018

Greater Manchester launches first city-region wide plan to drive down single-use plasticsHotel Football owner and ex-Manchester United player, Gary Neville, launche....Read more

Green Summit

Nov 15, 2018

Greater Manchester is setting out its ambitions to become one of the leading green city-regions in the UK and Europe, at today's inaugural Green SummitClimate cha....Read more

New Environmental Vision

Nov 06, 2018

Ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green city-regions The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, together with local leaders, are aiming t....Read more



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


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


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

Success Stories

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 ....


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 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 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....


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....

Manchester Bee Straw

Paper bee straws are creating a plastic-free buzz around Greater Manchester

Bee-themed paper straws have been launched at bars and restaurants across Greater Manchester as part of a step-change approach to eradicating single-use plastics across Greater Manchester.


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