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Tourism and Hospitality Pledge

Greater Manchester’s tourism and hospitality sector will aim to eradicate the use of single use plastics by 2020. Within the next 6 months, local businesses will set out a plan to achieve this and, as a first step, have begun to replace plastic straws with more sustainable alternatives. This is part of a wider scheme to make our industry more sustainable.

Business or Organisation Pledge

As a business in Greater Manchester we will help to eradicate the use of avoidable single use plastics by the end of 2020. With support, we will review our practices, and make more sustainable choices about the products we offer, and the ways we deliver our services.

Individual Pledge

As a resident, worker or visitor to Greater Manchester, I am taking on the challenge. I will help to eradicate the use of avoidable single use plastics in our city-region by the end of 2020. I will make more sustainable choices about the products I use, and the way I live my life.

Local Authority Pledge

As a local authority in Greater Manchester we will help to eradicate the use of avoidable single use plastics by the end of 2024. With support, we will review our practices, and make more sustainable choices about the products we use, and the way we deliver our services.

University/Educational Institution Pledge

As an educational establishment in Greater Manchester we pledge to work together towards a shared vision of eradicating avoidable single use plastics from catering, labs and stationery by 2022. This is part of a wider commitment to lead the way on sustainability and achieve carbon neutral campuses across Greater Manchester by 2038.

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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

    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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