This summer Muswell Hill Sustainability Group (MHSG) is campaigning to persuade local people to cut use of single-use plastics – cups, bottles, bags and other all-too prolific products.
We were galvanised by David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2 series on BBC last autumn, and a talk from Muswell Hill-raised marine biologist Dr Steve Simpson. Both made clear the horrific impact of plastics on marine life – and the need to take local action on this global problem – fast.
Another speaker – Paula Owen of the #PointlessPlastics campaign – highlighted just how unnecessary much plastic packaging is. We’ve been visiting Muswell Hill cafes and restaurants to ask them to switch from single-use plastic products to reusable alternatives – cups, bottles, straws, stirrers, food containers and bags.
The response so far has varied, but six businesses have joined the Mayor of London’s Refill scheme offering free tapwater. Watch out for the ‘Refill’ sticker in shop windows; you can also download the Refill app to find their nearest outlets – and never buy bottled water again!
Meanwhile we’re appealing to local residents to shun throwaway plastics. So far 430 people have taken our pledge to avoid one or more throwaway plastic products – contact us to find out more.
Our campaign events feature a mascot – a dolphin full of the offending plastic rubbish (see photo above). The apt winning entry of a children’s competition to name: it was ‘Destiny’. With your help, real dolphins may have a brighter destiny as they swim in clean seas.