Celebrating over 25 Plastic Free Champions in Chesterfield

Newly formed community group, Plastic Free Chesterfield, have celebrated an excellent start to their campaign to reduce single-use plastic in Chesterfield, ending 2019 with over 25 Plastic Free Champions – Chesterfield-based businesses who have removed or replaced at least three items of single-use plastic.

New Plastic Free Champions include: Astra Designs UK, Bottle & Thyme, Chesterfield Market Cafe, Deli-ish, Fox and Stitch, Frederick’s of Chesterfield, The Green Bobbin, Lotty Lollipop, Masons Coffee House, Monkey Park, No10, Pebble Moon Crafts, Shop Indie, Tuckins, The Urban Kitchen at Olympia House Antiques & Craft Centre, and Urban Jars.

Joanne Davies of Masons Coffee House, said: “I have always been very aware of the impact our actions have on the environment and have always considered at home what changes I can make to help. So when I bought the coffee shop, I started implementing small changes straight away. We all have a part to play looking after our planet.”

Christine Redding of Monkey Park said “Monkey Park is delighted to become a Plastic Free Champion because it fits with our values: we want to help our community so we realise there is a need to be sustainable.”

Lisa Swift and John O’Nions of Shop Indie said “We are very proud at Shop Indie to be a Plastic Free Champion for Chesterfield. Just small changes in our lives can make a massive difference which is why not only are we trying to reduce our use of single use plastic but we are also providing products which can help our customers do so too.”

Diana Thompson of No10 said: “On behalf of the owner, Keith Todd, and all the staff, we are really happy to be awarded a Plastic Free Champion award in Chesterfield. As we begin a new decade I feel that reducing all our plastic use is so important and there are small changes that we could all make towards helping the environment.”

The 26 businesses are now all encouraging others to follow suit so Chesterfield can be accredited as a Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Community.

Greg Hewitt, from Plastic Free Chesterfield, said: “It’s incredible how many businesses are now coming on board to reduce their plastic-use. With the plastic straws and stirrer bans coming into place later this year, and with plastic still high on people’s agendas, 2020 is going to be the year we see collective change around single-use plastic.

How businesses can join the plastic-free effort

In order to be declared a Surfers Against Sewage plastic-free champion, a business must show it has removed three items of single-use plastic such as drinking straws, takeaway cutlery and plastic bags, to show they’re committed to tackling the issue.

If enough businesses make the pledge, supported by the council and residents engage in reducing their usage, Chesterfield can become accredited as a plastic-free community.

Businesses can register with Plastic Free Chesterfield, who supply a business toolkit to help them make changes. And Plastic Free Chesterfield is on hand to help companies by researching cost-effective alternatives to what is currently being used.

Any business who would like help from Plastic Free Chesterfield or if a business would like to register to become a Plastic Free Champion, please email plasticfreechesterfield@gmail.com