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February 2019:

Faversham is Awarded ‘Plastic Free Communities’ Status as it Takes Action on Single-Use Plastic.


In February 2019 Faversham joined the growing number of towns and

communities around the country to achieve Plastic Free Community Status

This award is granted by renowned environmental campaign charity,

Surfers against Sewage, and recognises Faversham’s commitment and progress in

reducing the use of single use plastic.

Rachel Yates of Surfers Against Sewage said


“It’s great to see the work that

Faversham has done to reduce the availability of avoidable plastic, raise

awareness and encourage people to refill and reuse.”

The award has a number of categories including:

Local Governance

In July 2018 Faversham Town Council passed a resolution of support for the

efforts of Plastic Free Faversham and our aim to achieve Plastic Free Community

Status. They reduced single use plastic in their own offices and continue to

support and facilitate our campaign and partner with us on events.


Businesses around the town have qualified as Plastic Free Champions due to

their success in significantly reducing single use plastic in their businesses. To

date these businesses include:

Edible Culture, The Abbey School

Apotheca, West Street

Heaven and Earth Health Foods, Preston Street

House of the Crafty Fox, Alexander Centre, Preston Street

Jittermugs, Preston Street

Lotty’s Flowers, Market Place

M.B. Farms, West Street

The Yard, Jacob Yard, Preston Street

The Pantry, East Street

The Yarn Dispensary, Market Place

Macknade Fine Foods, Selling Road

Mighty Fine Things, Monkshill Farm

Tides Café, Faversham Swimming Pool

Ollie Bongo’s Pet Essentials, Market Place

The Refinery, West Street

Would you like your business to be a Plastic Free Champion? Contact us at for more information.

Allies in the Community


Faversham’s schools, nurseries and youth groups have been keen participants in

the movement to reduce single use in the town. They have invited our volunteers

in to give assemblies, workshops and meetings with school councils. Teachers

and PTFAs often contact us for advice or ideas on how to reduce single use

plastic within the school. Several schools are working towards achieving Surfers

Against Sewage ‘Plastic Free Schools’ Award and our volunteers have been

supporting them with this.

Other charities and community organisations

A number of other organisations in town have collaborated with us on events

relating to reducing single-use, including Swale Friends of the Earth, The Faversham Society Open Gardens, Coasts for Life, Faversham Gunpowder W.I. and the Abbey Physic Garden.



The wider community have taken part in numerous events showing their

commitment to reducing single use plastic, such as Challenge Week, Litter Picks,

Repair Cafes, Skills Share Workshop and much more.

Other Plastic Free Communities:

Many other towns in Kent have also achieved that Plastic Free Community award

or are working towards it, including:

Plastic Free Whitstable

Plastic Free Herne Bay

Plastic Free Deal

To find other Plastic Free Communities around the country take at look at the

interactive map on the Surfers Against Sewage website here



Find eco solutions & refill opportunities in and around Faversham.

Contact us

Got an idea? Want to help out with organisation, social media or just muck in with the stalls and the litter picks. Contact us!!

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