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Plastic Free Communities

Let's join together to reduce our reliance on single use plastics

Why Reduce Single Use Plastic?

We aren't a costal county but plastic rubbish flows through our rivers and canals to the ocean.

For wildlife, it can be deadly. Plastic can entangle, injure and drown animals; it can also be mistaken for food and starve animals to death by blocking their digestive systems.

For us humans it’s not looking good either. At risk are our wild spaces and oxygen supply as well as our health.


The chemicals that plastics leach into seawater have been linked to endocrine disruption and some cancers.

With 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption now containing plastic, it’s no longer a question of if there is plastic in our seafood, but how bad exactly that contamination is for us.

We are suffocating our Oceans and the wildlife within it.

What Is A Plastic Free Community?

Set up by Surfers Against Sewage, there is a National Network of Plastic Free Communities, collecting together to fight against Single Use Plastics both in the UK and around the World.

What Do We Need to Become a Plastic Free Community

Each Community needs to meet 5 objectives:

  1. Work with local businesses to create plastic-free local business champions.

  2. Reach out to different parts of the community to commit to reducing single use plastics

  3. Get the local Council on board to make a difference to decisions affecting the local community

  4. Spread the word with events

  5. Create a Local Steering Group owned by everyone 


Find out about how you can help ​below.

How To Become Part of the Plastic Free Community

There are many ways to take action as a member of Eco Friends, all of which are key elements to the success of our Conservation Movement. Have a look at some of the opportunities to get involved below, and get in touch for more information about how you can do your part.

People Walking


Supporting our Champions and Allies

Making Simple Swaps

Small Business Owner

Small, Independent Businesses

Can sign up to become Plastic Free Champions

Business Team

Larger Businesses and Franchises

Can sign up to become our Plastic Free Allies

Community Garden

Community Groups

Community Groups and Spaces can sign up to become our Plastic Free Allies

Children at School


There are two options for schools.  Surfers Against Sewage have a specific site set up to assist schools in their journey

You can also become a Plastic Free Ally

Business Meeting


We have both Newbury Town Councillors and Thatcham Town Councillors on our steering committee, helping us make wider changes to reduce single use plastics.

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