What you can do:
If you're interested in making a positive contribution but are not sure where to start, we have some helpful ideas to get you started.
* Remember your refillable water bottle - you can refill your water bottle in Bingley
* Take a reusable coffee cup and refuse single-use take away cups
* Refuse single-use packaging
* Resist a straw; straws suck - there are plenty of reusable versions available
* Refuse a single-use plastic bag and take your own reusable bag
* Take your own cutlery or use sustainable alternatives
* Avoid single-use plastics in the bathroom
* Refuse single-use condiment sachets
* Make sure you recycle any single-use plastic bottles
* Look for plastic free items for everyday life, such as bamboo toothbrushes, or reusable travel cutlery.
Other ways in which you can help:-
* Encourage local businesses to stop using single-use plastic and explain why - there are many companies that are now producing alternatives
* Please tell us of your successes with businesses as all these will help us towards achieving ‘Plastic Free’ status
* Make full use of all the local recycling facilities already available
* Join in our Community Clean Ups and tell us where you think these should take place
* Use the Terracycle recycling bins for ‘hard to recycle items’ – for beauty packaging (in Boots) and biscuit wrappers (in the library). Watch out for more of these - money made from these goes straight to charity
* Please join our campaign and help us to achieve plastic free status
* Check out how we are doing on our Facebook page or on Instagram.
Here are some great local businesses which may help you make the move away from plastic:
Nick Walker, Greengrocers, Bingley Market Square, every Friday, 9-3. A fantastic range of mainly loose fruit and vegetables. You'll be tempted by the seasonal produce on offer and the occasional unusual offerings you don't find easily elsewhere. Bring along your own bags/rucksack - they happily fill it for you and may even help you to your car! Service like this is hard to find these days and all the more special for it.
East Morton Community Shop - A community hub, this small shop is a go to place for your daily essentials. Supporting lcoal producers and suppliers and with an eco ethos, the vision is to provide a fun and safe place in the village where there is advice and a friendly face to talk to.
Refill Shipley - Refill Shipley offers a door step delivery scheme of vegan, eco friendly body care and cleaning products. Our bottles are made from 100% recycled plastic that you can use to refill your existing containers. When you want to re-order we collect our bottles and bring you fresh refills. Our bottles are cleaned refilled and put back into circulation. No new plastic is created in delivering these products to your doorstep. The more we grow within our area, the more we hope to make all parts of our processes sustainable and carbon neutral.
All our body care products are vegan and cruelty free and we have used ethical suppliers. Our household cleaning range has been exclusively developed for Refill Shipley and our products are vegan, biodegradable and cruelty free.
Roots & Shoots, Keighley
www.ootw.co.uk Organic, ethical supermarket and refill shop. 20 Newmarket St, Leeds LS1 6DG
www.thenutshop.com Zero waste stall in Kirkgate Market Leeds. Take your own containers
www.keelhamfarmshop.co.uk Keelham Farm Shop, Skipton. Grain store, buy dried food in brown paper bags. A lot of loose fruit/veg
www.wastenotshop.net Minimal waste shop. The Grange, Station Rd, B-in-Wharfedale, LS297ND. Open - Tuesday 1-7pm, Thursday 5-9pm Sat 9-12pm.
Here are some national and international businesses and organisations that may also help:
www.greenstat.co.uk. (paper packing tape)
www.whogivesacrap.org Recycled and bamboo toilet rolls with plastic free wrappers
www.zerowasterchef.com How to freeze without using plastic
www.terracycle.co.uk Free recycling for non- recyclables from your home (coffee capsules) pens from a school etc. Fund raising opportunities.
www.snact.com Industrial composting
www.sas.org.uk Surfers Against Sewage
www.mcsuk.org Marine Conservation Society
www.vegware.com Eco Friendly Packaging
www.lush.co.uk Shampoo and hair conditioner bars and more
https://www.wilco.com Bicarbonate of soda and 'Vanish' bar (Cleaning and Laundry)
Mortens of Ilkley - hardware, cotton dish cloths/floor cloths etc
Morrisons Supermarkets - take your own container for meat/fish