April 2018 Roundup

Here’s our roundup of the progress made in St Albans towards becoming plastic free in April. This was the month we officially launched…lots happening, so read on….

  • Firstly, we launched! A huge thank you to everyone who came to our events as part of Sustainable St Albans Week. The Mayor officially launched our campaign at our Plastic Free Picnic, and the showing of A Plastic Ocean at the Odyssey was really well attended. Thanks to everyone who came and chatted to us at our little stall at the Know How Festival too. You can see lots of photos from all the fantastic Sustainable St Albans Week events here.
  • We loved the Life’s a Beach theme at Oaklands, a fun way to spread the plastic-free message.
  • Thank you to our friends at Lush for getting involved, and accepting plastic bottle lids for recycling!
  • Just a few days left to enter the giveaway for a beautiful recycled ring celebrating our launch. You can enter here.
  • The Odyssey cinema switched their plastic snack tubs for VegWare compostable ones. They dropped their plastic straws in favour of paper last year as part of the Refuse the Straw campaign, and only ever sell drinks in glass bottles/cans. Any sweet bags (Maltesers etc.) are sent to TerraCycle for recycling.
  • Tommy & Lottie got in touch to let us know about their sustainable practices, including their plastic-free t-shirt printing process.
  • We’re loving the plastic-free posies in jam jars from the Flower Box. Visit them for a refill too.
  • Our 2 Minute Litter Pick Crowdfunder was a success! The board, with litter pick sticks and bags, will help us all do our bit to keep Verulamium Park free of litter. So often, this litter is plastic, and it makes its way to the sea by blowing into rivers like the Ver. We will be announcing the board installation date very soon.
  • The new St Albans Museum and Gallery confirmed that at their cafe, there will be compostable takeaway coffee cups, paper sandwich boxes, and no straws.They also recycle glass, cardboard, paper and cups, are trying to move their suppliers away from plastic, and are working on a comprehensive “no plastic policy”.
  • Well done to SA Law for giving away reusable water bottles.
  • Check out the chaps from the Foragers at the Verulam Arms trying out “wild straws” at McDonalds 🙂
  • Thank you to the Waffle House for ditching plastic straws!
  • The St Albans Refill scheme continues to go from strength to strength, with around 50 businesses in the district signing up to make it easier for us all to carry a reusable bottle.
  • Lovely local granola makers Dizzy Bee Kitchen are now offering refills from their farmer’s market stall.
  • Get your tickets for the plastic straw-free Gin Festival coming to the Arena in September.

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