Plastic-Free Me in 2018: Our Year in Review
2018 in Review
It is nearly two years since the birth of Plastic-Free Me; and 2018 has been one jam-packed year! Here’s a brief summary of what we’ve been up to. Thank you to everyone who has collaborated in our campaigns, donated to the cause and helped us spread our message even further.
We represented at the Lyric Theatre in London to support their #plasticfreelyric campaign, aimed at cutting out single-use plastics in their theatre. Find out more here.
Our very first campaign, Plastic-Free Feb, was such a success in 2017 that we ran it for a second year - and an even bigger success it was! We had a reach of over 30,000 across our social media platforms, and some incredible stories from those who partook. Alice Holmes, founder of LookNoPura, writes:
“Almost two years ago I took up your plastic-free February challenge. I have never looked back. Since then as a family of four we’ve reduced our plastic waste by approximately two thirds and our regular non-recyclable waste by around three quarters. Local groups and government organizations here in Miyazaki Japan ask me to speak about ways to reduce everyday plastic waste and ocean plastic pollution. Have also joined an NPO that teaches about waste reduction in primary schools. It is all thanks to your Facebook event, so I just wanted to express my gratitude.”
Join us for Plastic-Free Feb in 2019!
Ocean Conservation Series
We ran a series of Ocean Conservation Talks which was free to the general public at Interplay theatre, Leeds. Speakers included Plastic-Free Me, Love the Oceans, Namibian Dolphin Project, Sea Shepherd and Leeds University Union Marine Conservation Society. It was a fantastic evening and we were fully-booked before the night began.
Natural History Museum
Sian Steel & Izzy Coleman-Wood represented Plastic-Free Me at the Natural History Museum in London at the Sustainable Exhibitions for Museums conference: advising how to reduce the plastic footprint in museums, galleries and exhibitions. Since then, the NHM have made some great initiatives which you can read about here.
March & April
We teamed up with Lengard Ltd to produce a reusable water bottle to distribute among their staff, to reduce water bottle consumption across all of their construction sites.
Following a successful bid, we received money from the University of Sussex to start a ‘bring a bottle’ initiative with students. We produced signage detailing the harmful effects of single-use plastics and how simple switches really can make a difference. We promoted the usage and locations of University water fountains and increased the number of reusable water bottles for sale on campus.
May & June
We teamed up with eco mummy blogger & vlogger, Mamalina, to bring the ‘Plastic-Free Parent Challenge’ to the masses! The challenge was a resounding success, and we had incredible engagement across social media. We partnered with 12 companies who kindly provided discount codes to help those in the challenge, and had over 4000 engage with our #plasticfreeparent hashtag: regularly swapping advice, top tips and creative ideas for more plastic-free parenting. We had 158 entries into our giveaway competition, for which the prize was an awesome plastic-free parenting bundle. Way to go, all who entered!
Barn on the Farm
We worked once again with Barn on the Farm festival, UK, to help provide a plastic-free festival guide for festival goers, staff, volunteers and stall/food vendors. Barn on the Farm went on to win Best Grassroots Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2018.
Craven Development Education Centre
We featured at the Craven Development Education Centre’s Plastics Conference which brought together nine schools from across the North.
We expanded our team of online bloggers & writers who bring you a range of plastic-related content from all walks of life. We are always looking for new contributors, so if you’d like to pitch an idea - please get in touch.
We have partnered with Yorkshire Life Aquatic and received funding from #IWILLFUND to run a six week Plastic-Free Youth course for 15 budding conservationists in Leeds in 2019. Find out more about the exciting course here.
Plastic-Free Me in Schools
We continued our work with young people and delivered talks across a range of schools for children & young adults of a range of ages. Based in Leeds, we delivered the message of a more plastic-free future to schools across Yorkshire and had great engagement with the pupils.
The Human Aquarium
We began work on the Human Aquarium exhibition coming up in Leeds. Run alongside Yorkshire Life Aquatic, the World Cetacean Alliance and Extinction Rebellion: the city-centre exhibition will highlight the plight of marine animals in the captive industry, and spread important environmental messages through thought-provoking art and performance. Find out full details here.
Plastic-Free Me will also be providing talks & workshops in the exhibition space on the 21st & 22nd February 2019.
We partnered with ProCook for our #plasticfreefestivity competition, which challenged the public to reduce their plastic footprint over the festive period. Whether it’s wrapping paper, cards, food packaging - it all adds up! We had a reach of over 10,000 people across social media and over 100 entries into our giveaway competition: a beautiful kitchen bundle kindly donated by ProCook.
BBC Look North
Our co-founders Suzie Hall and Hattie Meeuwissen-True were featured on BBC Look North, discussing the issue of plastic pollution around the Christmas period and what can be done to reduce it.
Whew - what a year! We are so grateful for the hard work that has been put into this year, and we can’t wait for the next!