Chesterfield businesses cut down on single-use plastic

More than 25 businesses in Chesterfield have pledged to remove or replace at least three items of single-use plastic as part of a new community group.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 3:27 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 5:36 pm

The newly-formed group Plastic Free Chesterfield has now gained dozens of members across the town in its campaign to reduce single-use plastic.

Those who have got involved most recently include: Astra Designs UK, Bottle and Thyme, Chesterfield Market Cafe, Deli-ish, Fox and Stitch, Frederick's of Chesterfield, The Green Bobbin, Lotty Lollipop, Masons Coffee House, Monkey Park, No10, Pebble Moon Crafts, Shop Indie, Tuckins, The Urban Kitchen at Olympia House Antiques and Craft Centre, and Urban Jars.

Joanne Davies, of Masons Coffee House, said: “I have always been very aware of the impact our actions have on the environment and have always considered at home what changes I can make to help. So when I bought the coffee shop, I started implementing small changes straight away. We all have a part to play looking after our planet.”

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Christine Redding, of Monkey Park, said: "Monkey Park is delighted to become a Plastic Free Champion because it fits with our values – we want to help our community so we realise there is a need to be sustainable."

Lisa Swift, of Shop Indie, said "We are very proud at Shop Indie to be a Plastic Free Champion for Chesterfield. Just small changes in our lives can make a massive difference which is why not only are we trying to reduce our use of single use plastic but we are also providing products which can help our customers do so too."

Diana Thompson of No10 said: "On behalf of the owner, Keith Todd, and all the staff, we are really happy to be awarded a Plastic Free Champion award in Chesterfield. As we begin a new decade I feel that reducing all our plastic use is so important and there are small changes that we could all make towards helping the environment."

The 26 businesses are now all encouraging others to follow suit so Chesterfield can be accredited as a ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ plastic free community.

Any business who would like to register should email [email protected]​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​