Plastic Free Perthshire
An opportunity for Dunkeld & Birnam to lead the way on plastic
Plastic has been on everyone’s minds recently. If you were one of the 17 million people who tuned in to Blue Planet 2 last year, I’m sure you were just as appalled as I was to see the impact of plastic on our oceans. The images of seabirds, turtles and whales suffering from eating plastic were heartbreaking to watch. This made many of us take a step back and think about the impact that our everyday actions are having on oceans.
But plastic pollution isn’t just bad news for oceans - it’s bad news for Dunkeld & Birnam too. Our healthy environment is one of the foundations of our local economy, but plastic pollution poses a real threat. When plastics find their way into our rivers, on to our hillsides and even into wildlife, they damage the beautiful environment that our town depends so deeply depends on.
So what can we do? That’s where Plastic Free Perthshire comes in. Plastic Free Perthshire aims to help businesses realise the opportunities of reducing plastic use, and work with our community to protect our local environment by cutting plastic use. The three types of plastic we want to tackle are: straws, takeaway cups, and plastic bottles.
More and more businesses across Scotland are putting in place solutions to help them cut back on these items in ways which work for them and customers. I want to help businesses in Dunkeld & Birnam do the same!
Wondering how you can reduce your own plastic use?
Three easy things to you can do are:
Get your own reusable takeaway cup (coming soon to Kettles of Dunkeld!)
Use a water bottle instead of buying plastic bottled water
Say no to plastic straws when you’re out for a drink
We’ve got a real opportunity to put Dunkeld & Birnam on the map as a town which protects its local environment and takes plastic pollution seriously. By leading the way on plastic, we can show the rest of Scotland how it’s done and create an exciting new reputation for the whole town.
I’ll be speaking to businesses over the next few weeks to help them reduce their plastic use. If you’d like to find out what opportunities there are for your business or would like to find out more about the project, please feel free to get in touch with me and I’d be happy to help.
Jamie Wylie, Plastic Free Perthshire, firstname.lastname@example.org
07715 862 906 @PFPerthshire
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