Did you watch Blue Planet II and feel saddened by the whale who carried her dead calf across the ocean, poisoned by its mother’s polluted milk? Are you fed up seeing all the plastic waste that gets washed up on our beaches, and litters our green spaces? Do you feel there’s not much that you as an individual can do to change this? Well, now’s your chance to help!
Transition Linlithgow are undertaking a new project to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in our town.
The project has three goals:
The first goal is to conduct some research on the consumption of single-use plastic in Linlithgow, and to look at potential alternatives.
The second goal is to identify and run a campaign to reduce the use of plastic. Ideas include a ‘Linlithgow’s Last Straw’ campaign to reduce the use of plastic straws which are a prime source of plastic pollution and an easy target for change.
The third, longer term goal is to explore the viability of Linlithgow becoming a ‘Plastic Free Community’, as defined by ‘Plastic Free Coastlines’. Going completely plastic free may be a step too far, but this organisation is encouraging local communities to set and work towards objectives for reducing use of single-use plastic.
We are hoping that individuals, local businesses and organisations will be willing to help us with our project. As a first step, we’d like to invite local businesses and organisations to contribute to the research findings by completing a short survey. We’ll be visiting High Street businesses over the coming months to drop off the survey, and electronic copies can also be obtained from us via email. Watch this space for updates on what we find and how we are progressing.
In the meantime, here’s a few ideas for how we can all reduce our use of single-use plastic:
Swap single-use, plastic water bottles for a refillable water bottle
Bring your own refillable cup, rather than buying take-away drinks in disposable cups. Some shops even offer a discount to customers who do this.
Reduce bathroom plastics such as plastic cotton bud sticks, facial and body scrubs which contain microplastics. Why not use a bar of soap rather than shower gels in plastic containers?
Buy local goods and opt for plastic-free packaging wherever possible.
Swap milk in plastic containers for milk delivered in returnable glass bottles
Say ‘no’ to disposable plastic straws and cutlery
If you’re a train traveller, consider using a Smartcard rather than buying all those plastic covered train tickets.
If you’re interested in our project and/or you’d like to help, we would love to hear from you. If you’re already taking steps to reduce your use of single-use plastic (however large or small those steps may be), please do let us know so we can share stories, tips and ideas. Click the 'Contact' tab above to send us a message. Or join our FaceBook group, Plastic-Free Linlithgow.