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:
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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