Local Event – How, as a business, do you reduce single use plastic?

Single use plastic is everywhere, and businesses are trying to find ways reduce their plastic waste….

About this Event

But where do you begin, can a business really make a difference?Come along to this free, informative event hosted by Plastic Free Hartlepool supported by Hartlepool Borough Council to find out more.

Plastic Free Hartlepool is a community group founded in 2018 which has recently been awarded Plastic Free Community Status from marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage. To help achieve this status Plastic Free Hartlepool worked with the business community which resulted in 37 local businesses removing at least 3 pieces of single use plastic from their business. A presentation will be made to these businesses on the evening to acknowledge their support to the cause.


5.30pm – Arrival & refreshments

6pm – Welcome and overview of Plastic Free Hartlepool aims and achievements.

6.15pm – Presentation to businesses by Hartlepool Borough Council- Chief Executive Gill Alexander & Director of Regeneration & Neighbourhoods Denise McGuckin.

6.30pm – Networking.

7pm – Close

Ocean Activists Unite for UK’s Biggest Beach Clean Weekend


  • We are organising the UK’s biggest beach clean weekend, the Big Spring Beach Clean.
  • Up to 50,000 beach clean volunteers expected to participate at beaches across the UK.
  • The events will also include the UK’s biggest Plastic Pollution Brand Audit, identifying the brands contributing the most plastic pollution to the UK’s coastline.
  • We are calling for manufacturers to take responsibility for the full life-cycle of their packaging and the damage it causes to the marine environment and wildlife.
  • Events from summit to sea – in an effort to create ocean activists everywhere, we are calling for river, rural and urban events to tackle plastic pollution before it gets to the coastline.
  • Leaders and volunteers are invited to register here.

Cornwall, England: with support from Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and Sharp’s Atlantic Pale Ale, we are organising the biggest beach clean weekend of the year as part of our annual Big Spring Beach Clean. Up to 50,000 volunteers are expected to take action to tackle the scourge of ocean plastic pollution over the weekend.

We are calling for volunteers to register their beach, river and urban clean events at here!

We have been at the forefront of the global beach clean movement for over a decade, organising over 7,507 events, mobilising a quarter of a million volunteers who have together removed a staggering 534,012.59 kg of plastic pollution from our beaches.

Volunteers will collect vital plastic pollution data as part of the Plastic Pollution Brand Audit. Last year, the results revealed that Coca Cola and PepsiCo were responsible for 25% of plastic pollution recorded by volunteers. This important citizen science project will be published to ensure that businesses are changing their attitudes, systems, products and behaviours to better protect the ocean and wider environment. We are calling for more urgent action from manufacturers to reduce their single-use plastic packaging addiction.

Plastic pollution evidence will also be submitted to the government to support ambitious and progressive policy and legislative interventions to stop plastic pollution at source. An ambitious deposit return scheme, extended producer responsibility, single-use plastic bans, and a more ambitious plastic bag charge should all be introduced as soon as possible.


Jack Middleton, Community Manager at Surfers Against Sewage says Tens of thousands of volunteers joining us at beaches and rivers is a huge indication of the public’s feelings towards the growing scale of the plastic pollution crisis. It also highlights the urgency of the radical action required to protect our ocean from their products. The data our volunteers collect will help inform and drive change by those who still put profits before the planet.”

Richard Walker, Trustee of the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation said“Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and Surfers Against Sewage share a common passion for tackling the scourge of plastic head on, and we know that this is an issue that resonates with an ever-growing number of people. Our Iceland stores are at the heart of high streets up and down the country and we recruit our store colleagues locally, making us a true community retailer. We are delighted to be backing SAS in encouraging individuals and organisations throughout the UK to help make a difference to the quality of their local environment through The Big Spring Beach Clean.”

James Nicholls, Marketing Controller at Sharp’s Brewery says Being based a couple of miles from the sea in North Cornwall, our coastal environment is deeply important to us. We have a long history of supporting the Blue Flag and community beach cleans and the whole team at Sharp’s are over the moon to now be supporting SAS on their Big Spring Beach Clean, an initiative we’ve long admired”

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To register for guidance on leading your own clean, visit our page here or email our team on beachcleans@sas.org.uk. All Clean Leaders will receive a Big Spring Beach Clean equipment pack and a step-by-step guide to organizing your clean, along with support and guidance from our team in organising your event. Participants in the Brand Audit will also receive a limited edition Hydro Flask bottle.

We would like to thank the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and Sharp’s Brewery and Community Partners: Canoe Foundation, Surfing England, British Canoeing, British Mountaineering Council, The Wave Project, South West Coast Path Association and the Outdoor Swimming Society.

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Ground-Breaking Federal Legislation Tackles the Root of the Plastic Pollution Crisis

For Immediate Release: February 11, 2020


Shilpi Chhotray, Break Free From Plastic, +1 703 400 9986 or shilpi@breakfreefromplastic.org
Ned Adriance, Senator Udall’s Office, Ned_adriance@tomudall.senate.gov
Keith Higginbotham, Congressman Lowenthal’s Office, keith.higginbothm@mail.house.gov

Washington DC —  Today, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) introduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act – the first comprehensive bill in Congress to address the plastic pollution crisis. Drawing on stakeholder input from over 200 individuals, environmental groups, businesses, trade associations, aquariums, academics, grassroots organizations, and state and local governments, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act reduces unnecessary plastic and reforms our broken waste management system.

Globally, the plastics industry produces over 335 million tons of plastic each year – and this volume is continuing to increase.  By 2050, global plastic production is projected to triple and will account for 20 percent of all oil consumption.  But nearly two-thirds of plastic produced becomes waste.  The materials in Americans’ blue bins are often landfilled, incinerated, or shipped overseas to countries that are unable to manage the burden of additional trash. What were once pristine agricultural communities in southeast Asia are now toxic dumpsites due to imported waste from wealthier nations like the United States.  Plastic waste finds its way into our water, soil, and air where it breaks down into microplastics that contaminate food and drinking water, consequently posing a risk to human health.

Break Free From Plastic members are supportive of the bill (learn what they are saying) as it addresses the root cause of the plastic pollution crisis.  Communities who live on the fenceline of the neighboring petrochemical facilities, in particular, face the brunt of toxic air emissions resulting in negative health impacts. In the United States, state and local governments are implementing policies to reduce unnecessary plastic products and shift the huge financial responsibility to producers for managing our waste. The Break Free From Plastic movement is calling for federal leadership to build on this momentum.



Break Free From Plastic is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution. Since its launch in September 2016, nearly 1,800 organizations from across the world have joined the movement to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics and to push for lasting solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. These organizations share the common values of environmental protection and social justice, which guide their work at the community level and represent a global, unified vision.


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Immediate and massive rejection to Coca Cola advertisements

Coca-Cola recently released several TV ads, which were strongly criticized in social media. Two of them, in particular, refer to environmental problems: global warming and forest fires in one of them and the problem of waste, in the other. Just a few days before, the company declared in Davos that it won’t stop using single-use plastic bottles, excusing themselves on consumers’ demand. Coca-Cola is the worst plastic polluter at a global level. It is one of the main corporations that scaled up the consumption of single-use plastic bottles and systematically lobbied against any kind of regulation. Coca-Cola must stop greenwashing, take responsibility for the problem it created and abandon single-use packaging.

In one of the ads, there is a TV broadcasting the news about forest fires and the headline “Global Warming” together with young people that, while drinking Coca-Cola in plastic bottles, say “In the world, there are many things to do” and “ It’s time to be awake”. In the other spot, there are young people that, after drinking Coca-Cola, collect waste on a beach, with the statement reading
“A world without waste”. These ads caused an immediate and massive reaction in social media, particularly on Instagram. On one of them, users wrote over 600 comments rejecting it, and more than 100 on the other. Instagram was filled up with comments like these:

A fake message coming from the company that leads the ranking of plastics found in rivers and seas since there are waste audits in riverbeds and

Seriously? Global Warming with plastic bottles in hands? You’re a joke. If you will commit, do it with true actions, not lying ads. Shame!

Wouldn’t it be better if you took responsibility for the disaster you are causing?

It’s better to stop producing single-use plastics. This advertisement is a lack of respect.

You should start avoiding single-use bottles, instead of promoting them, if you really care. More actions, less greenwashing please!

In October 2019, the global movement Break Free From Plastic submitted a report identifying the main corporations polluting ecosystems with plastics. To do that there were 484 cleanups with brand audits in the shores of 51 countries. For second year in a row it was found that Coca-Cola is the most polluting corporation.

In the city of Rosario (Argentina), Taller Ecologista, as part of Más Río Menos Basura (More River Less Waste) a group of organizations and institutions, participated in BFFP Brand Audit collecting waste in the Paraná river shoreline. In this action, just like in others organized by the local group, they always found that Coca-Cola was responsible for the majority of waste polluting the river. For that reason, in November 2019 the local organizations took the bottles collected in the river to the company’s distribution facility in the city of Rosario. They demanded “Stop Using Disposables” and claimed the company to go back to returnable bottles.

Coca-Cola has to change and lead the path to other companies. In the past it led the path to an unsustainable system, scaling up the use of disposable bottles and then creating the problem of which today we are seeing the consequences: millions of tons of plastics in the oceans, in the rivers; microplastics in animals and our bodies and so on. It is unacceptable that Coca-Cola maintains, as it did in Davos, that it will continue using single-use bottles because consumers are demanding them. Everybody knows the big corporations have always been creating the demand for the products they want to sell. We say: Coca-Cola, don’t wash your hands, take responsibility and stop using disposables.



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More information:
Mirko Moskat (Taller Ecologista): 341 5795088


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