May and June 2018 Roundup

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A quick roundup of progress since our launch in April. It’s been busy – thank you to everyone who has shown such enthusiasm for the campaign! Make sure you check out our Plastic Free St Albans Map to see all the businesses that are getting on board.

  • Our crowdfunder with the Inn on the Park for a 2 Minute Litter Pick board for Verulamium Park was installed in time for the good weather and the mess that comes with it. Big thanks to Andrew from Shape Up Fitness for the fundraiser volleyball class which provided the final push. Now – get litter picking everyone! This will help to stop plastic getting into the River Ver, and affecting wildlife!
  • We heard from another plastic free, local online business – check out Tallula Little’s lovely baby products
  • Lots more pubs ditched plastic straws: thanks to the Prae Wood Arms, The Gate, the Queen’s Head and the Rose & Crown at Sandridge, the Farmer’s Boy, and the Brocket Arms (OK, not St Albans, but it’s a pub we all love)
  • A couple of chains ditched plastic straws too – Pret a Manger, and McDonalds (!)
  • The new tap room opened at Farr Brew – and it’s plastic free
  • The new cafe opened at the St Albans Museum & Gallery in the old town hall – and it’s plastic free too!
  • Cafe Roma have now switched to compostable coffee cups
  • Our little stall has been out and about spreading the word – we spent World Environment Day at St Albans City Station, and we were also at the Albans Festival.
  • The Refill Pantry plastic free refill shop opened, to much local excitement!
  • Tomoka Spirits Boutique are using pasta straws for their events, and the Foragers at the Verulam Arms even tried out straws made of wild plant stems
  • Great news from Morrisons, who are now letting you bring your own containers for meat and fish, and are switching to paper bags instead of plastic for fruit and veg.
  • More plastic-free progress from the Inn on the Park, who now provide orange juice in compostable cups, and have a coffee cup recycling station.
  • The Meraki Festival got in touch to let us know that they only use reusable cups, traders use only cardboard recyclables rather than plastic, and biodegradable glitter is used wherever possible.
  • Plastic free flowers now available from the Flower Box
  • Plastic free “Hairy Pot Plants” now available from Notcutts
  • AND FINALLY….we joined Instagram, so we are now officially cool. Follow us here!

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