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We want to let everyone know what Greater Manchester businesses are doing to reduce their avoidable single-use plastics.

Celebrating and sharing good practice is an important part of the campaign and more case studies will be added to our website as the campaign progresses. If you have a great story to tell about your journey towards becoming single-use plastic free and choosing more sustainable options, please contact us – we’d love to hear from you!

Latest Success Stories

Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Repeat

13/10/2020
REFILL. REFRESHED. City to Sea have taken their award-winning Refill campaign to the next level!Refill will always....

Keeping reusable coffee cups on the menu

07/07/2020
#CONTACTLESSCOFFEE The #ContactlessCoffee campaign has been launched by City to Sea in partnership with Better Food to ....

Refill Greater Manchester

06/02/2020
It's looking good for Greater Manchester to be one of the greatest Refillable regions in the UK! We're growing our netw....

Paper Bee Sip Straws

27/11/2019
A new straw joins the hive — The Manchester Bee Paper Sip Straw! The sip straw is a neat 5.5” (14cm) with a small b....

M20 Refills

18/03/2019
Despite the fact that there are now a wide range of eco-friendly cleaning and personal care products on the market, the ....

Envirolution Festival

11/02/2019
Envirolution is a volunteer-led one day festival held annually at Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield The festival celebra....

Gronn Eco Salon

11/02/2019
Sustainability is clearly something that’s very close to Rachael Kennedy’s heart… “I guess I’ve always been ....

SeaStraw

20/11/2018
Working with pubs, bars, restaurants and other businesses using disposable food items ...they help the businesses to tr....

Paper Bee Straws

15/11/2018
Paper bee straws are creating a plastic-free buzz around Greater Manchester Their arrival is part of a growing range of....

Grindsmith

15/11/2018
Grindsmith began as a paperless business ...but for owner Pete, that just simply was not enough! The next step was to u....

Fulfilled

15/11/2018
Fulfilled is the brain child of Abbie Sellers Abbie is a person on a mission to inspire and educate others to reduce th....

Flourish

06/11/2018
The products on offer ...are free from single-use plastics, and the business was created in response to owner Nikki’s....

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.

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.