a brief history of plastic free faversham
The PFF Timeline
November 2017 – Sally Edge, fed up of the constant stream of plastic being
thrown away, decided to set up a Challenge Week for her home town of
Faversham – how many people could she get to pledge to give up throwaway
plastic for a week? No sooner had she announced her intention on Facebook,
than an enthusiastic and multi-talented team of locals had joined her and the
campaign was launched.
February 2018 – The ‘Say No to Plastic Week’ was a great success, with families,
schools, organisations, businesses and the town council all making pledges to
reduce single use plastic, for the event week and beyond.
April 2018 – The team named decided to continue working with the community
under the name ‘Plastic Free Faversham’.
June 2018 – A Community Litter Pick was held with the local Fire Service,
Brownies, Sea Cadets, runners group and many families and individuals.
July 2018 – Faversham Town Council passed a resolution of support for the work
of Plastic Free Faversham in the town.
September 2018 – At the Hop Festival our reusable cups sold out in two hours! A
sure sign that residents want change.
September 2018 – We announced the launch of the Refill scheme, with 15
Faversham businesses welcoming the public to ask for free tap water.
October 2018 – Litter picking at Faversham Carnival alongside Davington Primary
School’s Save Our Seas float.
December 2018 – Christmas stalls selling plastic-free gifts
December 2018 – Plastic Free Faversham received the Kent Environment
January 2019 – Faversham was awarded official Plastic Free Community status by
environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage.
March 2019 – Our second Challenge Week, with an exhibition in the market
square, community litter pick, children’s treasure hunt, poetry performances and
Summer 2019 – Out and about at Faversham’s many festivals talking to the
community about the environmental issues that were concerning them.
September 2019 – 3,000 of our reusable cups sold in collaboration with local
October 2019 – Tree Plant Week saw 53 pledges to plant new trees around the
October 2019 – PFF team and members of the public protested about single-use
packaging at supermarkets by taking part in a ‘Mass Unwrap’ at Morrisons and
November 2019 – A new constitution was voted in, with a new, broader mission,
and a team of trustee-coordinators taking over leadership.