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:
1. Conduct some research on the consumption of single-use plastic in Linlithgow, and to look at potential alternatives.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Updates on the project can be found below. 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.
Survey of plastic-use within businesses and organisations in Linlithgow 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. Please click here to download a copy of the survey. Please return all completed surveys to us by e-mail or drop it in to the Transition Linlithgow office.
Watch this space for updates on what we find and how we are progressing.
Linlithgow's Last Straw Campaign We have recently been speaking to local schools about the project and they are keen to run a ‘Linlithgow’s Last Straw’ campaign to remove unnecessary plastic straws within Linlithgow. We are running a competition with the primary school children to design a campaign poster which will be displayed around the town. Those businesses supporting the campaign will be invited to display the poster in their premises. Further details about the competition can be found in this poster.
We are delighted that we have received over 300 entries to the competition! Results to follow shortly...
Case studies A number of local businesses are leading the way in reducing plastic use in the town. Over the course of the project, we'll be sharing case studies here, to highlight some of the great work going on locally. If you own a business in Linlithgow and would be interested in being part of a case study, please contact us.
Swap single-use, plastic water bottles for a refillable water bottle
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.
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.
Some local cafes offer discounts when you bring your own cup, rather than buying take-away drinks in disposable cups. Here's a note of the ones we're aware of. If you know of any others, please let us know and we'll add them too: - Granary cafe - 10% discount on hot drinks - Hideaway cafe, Beecraigs - 10p discount on hot drinks - Taste cafe - 10% discount on hot drinks
For any gardeners interested in reducing their plastic use, please click here to read our list of 'Top Tips for Gardeners'.
Pop on over to our Facebook group to see more suggestions and share tips with others.