TCN’s new Plastics Action group

Concern about the harmful consequences of our waste is very topical today; almost daily we see new studies showing the level and impacts of waste plastics in the land and marine ecosystems which provide our food and sustain our lives in many other ways.

To thrive in the 21st century, we need to move promptly from a ‘consume and throw’ society into a Caring Circular economy, which re-uses all our precious resources in more efficient and effective ways.

Plastics have given great benefits, such as fresh hygenic storage of products, and lightweight, durable articles that use less energy over their lifetime.

But it’s now becoming clear that indiscriminately consuming and throwing away materials is causing all kinds of problems, and we need to quickly move to a Circular Economy, where resources are re-used more effectively.

Progress is quite challenging, since current alternatives may even be worse; for example conventionally grown cotton has a very harmful ecological footprint involving pesticide, energy and water consumption, and even compostable plastics have a high processing footprint.

We need better understanding and action at all levels, including our own families and communities. Transition Chipping Norton has started a Plastics Action group, where we work together to share inspiration and encouragement on how we each can best improve, signpost people to useful sources and resources, and discuss with and persuade local retailers, cafes and pubs to give better options and more responsible practices.

Transition Chipping Norton has started a Plastics Action group, where we work together to share inspiration and encouragement; how we each can best improve, signpost people to useful sources and resources, discuss with and persuade local retailers, cafes and pubs to give better options and more responsible practices.

For more information or to join in, email transitionchippingnorton@gmail.com, or visit FB.com/TransitionChippingNorton or TransitionChippingNorton.org

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