Across Hartlepool, local businesses are becoming Surfers Against Sewage ‘Plastic Free Champions’, as they work to free themselves from avoidable throw-away plastic. Our town requires ‘Plastic Free Champions’ to attain ‘Plastic Free Community’ status, and we are well on the way to achieving that goal.

Hartlepool's Plastic Free Champions

Business NameContact Items Removed/Replaced (and alternatives) Proposed Action
Chilli Cake Kitchen and BarJames StokerPlastic straws and stirrers removed - no alternative being offered.
Plastic coffee cups removed - replaced with compostable cups.
Plastic food packaging replaced with compostable packaging.
No plastic cutlery.
No plastic bottles.
No bathroom plastics.
No condiment sachets.
Will source compostable lids.
Will change serving gloves.
Tea at HartJeni HartPlastic coffee cups removed - replaced with compostable cups.
Plastic lids removed - replaced with compostable lids.
Removed plastic straws - no replacements.
Removed plastic pint glasses and smoothie cups - Biodegradable alternative
Daisy and BeesSara HarveyCoffee cups and lids and smoothie cups are now compostable.
Plastic cutlery, stirrers and straws are now compostable.
Bin Bags are now compostable, No serving gloves no envelopes.
Paper bags for take-out.
Looking into changing plastic packaging.
Hops & CheeseHannah & Callum WillmottRemoved plastic bottles, replaced with cans.
Plastic coffee cups removed - replaced with compostable cups.
No condiment sachets - replaced with bottles to use in-house.
No plastic cutlery no straws or stirrers offered.
No serving gloves and no plastic packaging.
Will source compostable lids, bin bags & plastic free tea bags.
Summerhill CafeAnth & JoelOffer discount for reusable cups,
No longer using plastic straws, stirrers, plastic cutlery, condiment sachets, envelopes, plastic packaging, plastic bags or bathroom plastics. Sauces in bottles in café. Reusable cutlery and no straws.
WalkiesFiona WilkinsNo more plastic bottles - use cans or refill bottle.
No plastic bags, no bin bags, use eco poo bags, No envelopes.
Paperless invoicing. Reuse paper. Avoid all SUPs. Do regular community cleans.
Naughty DogDiane WatsonDon't use plastic bottles; use cans or refills. Don't plastic coffee cups or lids.
Don't use plastic cutlery; use metal. Don't use plastic bags; use cloth or paper.
Don't use plastic bin bags; use compostable. Don't use envelopes. Plastic free
tea bags. Do a weekly beach clean.
Publicity SeenersSam LeeDon't use plastic bottles, plastic cutlery, plastic straws or stirrers, plastic bags, plastic packaging, bathroom plastics, condiment sachets or balloons. Will look to replace plastic drinking cups.
Will offer water refills.
SMB TrainingMandy BellDon't use plastic bottles, plastic coffee cups or lids, plastic stirrers or straws plastic bags, condiment sachets but reusables.Will change bathroom plastics, tea bags, envelopes and bin bags.
Farm ShopBen JobsonRe-uses egg boxes and carrier bags. Don't use plastic cutlery, straws or stirrers, drinking cups or bin bags.Will support to source alternatives for plastic packaging.
Andi Turner's Early YearsAndi TurnerStopped using zip lock bags, bottled water, tubs of butter, tea bags with plastic; replaced with non plastic alternatives. Replaced plastic toys with wooden toys. No longer uses disposable aprons, now uses wipe clean reusable.
Amanda Bruce Childminding serviceAmanda BruceUse face cloths for faces. Don't use plastic storage bags, plastic bowls, cups,cutlery, disposable gloves or play after use. Don't use tea bags; use leaves and a strainer. Re-uses yoghurt pots, disposable aprons. Re-use soap dispenser for crafts. Don't use plastic packaging; use foil or flasks.
Little NippersSharon Howe (Green)No more plastic plates/bowls/cutlery/cups, using reusable. No longer using disposable aprons; will buy wipe-clean apronWill buy wipe-clean aprons and re-use soap dispenser for play activities and re-use disinfectant bottles by making own sanitiser.
BloominArt Northeast CICEmma WheetmanBusiness swaps / pledges; Swapping tea bags for those without plastic, swapping to compostable bin liners, removing plastic water bottles, coffee cups and lids, plastic cutlery, plastic on the go packaging, plastic bags, condiment sachets, Personal pledge: Will source milk in glass bottles and use soap bars
Rachel Gretton Glass Rachel LaycockBusiness swaps / pledges; removing plastic water bottles, straws, plastic cups, plastic on the go packaging, plastic bags, condiment sachets, Personal pledge: Will change to shampoo and soap bars
The Fisherman's ArmsHazel WhitelockUse recyclable carry out trays for beers, no longer use plastic coffee cups and lids, plastic on the go packaging, plastic bags, envelopes, tea bags. Will change from plastic straws and stirrers and stop using condiment sachets
CMBC (Judith's) FloristTracey Has swaped plastic bags for paper bags for groceries, replaced plastic packaging with cardboard boxes for flowers.Will now use plastic free tea bags
Ellioitt Mccarthy DentistAllison BrowellRemoved plastic cups from waiting area and replaced with compostable ones. All straws removed from the business, staff have their own reusable straw in their locker and have replaced SUP water bottles for reusable ones & swapped SU plastic bags for reusable ones.They are going to organise team building cleans in local area.
Whitfield's General Store, GreathamJustine WhitfieldUse paper bags for pies, veg, sweets wherever practical instead of plastic. Swapped plastic salad boxes for card compostme boxes. Made to order sandwiches are wrapped in paper bag instead of cling film.Sweets sold by weight from large jars instead of individual single use packets. No longer stock single serve cup drinks. Sandwich fillings stored in Tupperware to avoid use of cling film.
Pixel BoyDan McGovernRemoval of SUP laminate on Business cards, flyers & brochures. Biodegradeble now inuse
Bringing Communities Together LtdBarbara WardNo longer use Plastic stirrers, plastic bags, plastic drinking cups, balloons or serving gloves.Plan to remove plastic cutlery, plastic food packaging, bin bags, envelopes with plastic windows and other plastic packaging.
Mark Lloyd Master GoldsmithMichelle and Mark LloydRemoved plastic packaging. Replacing Pod coffee machine with bulk buy coffee and removing plastic cupsWill swap bathroom plastics
Café Rappor BarLayla KiplingReplacedplastic straws with compostable. Replaced plastic take away cups with biodegradeable. No longer using stirrers and swapped from take away containers to brown paper bags.
Mutt & Co.Amy Letch-NorisPaper bags replacing plasctic, grooming parlour shampoo conainers are refilled, swapped to recycleable bin liners, all stands are made fromupcycled materials, compostable poo bags, staff members have their own reusable water bottles
Ginge EcoCheryl ArnoldRemoved plastic bottles & plastic bags and re-uses empty 5 litre canisters for community crafting Will change bathroom plastics, tea bags, and bin bags
Paper and InkLeigh HornseyRemoved plastic bottles, coffee cups and lids, straws and stirrers and plastic bags.Will source cellophane sleeves for cards and prints and alternative to plastic ends for mailing tubes
R. Moore ButchersRobert MooreNo longer give out plastic cutlery, plastic lids or plastic cups and no longer use plastic serving gloves. Use biodegradable carrier bags in shop
Margaret Storey Childcare PractitionerMargaret StoreyRemoved plastic cutlery, children now use metal. All plastic containers are washed and reused in outdoor play. Plastic food bags replaced by wax or reusable tubs. Shop for loose food products, use own shopping bags and grow own veg.
Sarah Poritt ChildminderSarah PorittBaby wipes and multi-surface wipes have been replaced with reusable ones. Liquid soap replaced with solid soap bars, Cling film replacwd with beeswax or paper
Youngs Fish ShopCath YoungRemoved plastic forks and replaced with wooden. Replaced polystyrene trays with cardboard. Removed bottles of pop and replaced with cans.
Hartlepool Yacht Club BarMicky EarlyNo longer sell any straws or use plastic stirrers. Removed fruit shoots and replaced with cordial in a glass.
Flourish with Lucy PattersonLucy PattersonStationary and journals now locally sourced and plastic free, branded pencils instead of plastic pens, refreshment menu includes soda stream water instead of plastic bottles. No longer uses straws.
Reflections BarLinda BakerNo longer use plastic straws, stopped using plastic drinking cups and glasses, stopped selling drinks in plastic bottles, biodegradeable bin bags
Bar31Julie WilloughbyFree of straws and stirrers, replaced disposable hand wash containers with fixed wall units, serve biscuits without plastic wrappers.
Branches Hair & BeautyKim GoldsbroughSwitched to refillable products, switched to bamboo brushes and swapped disposable gloves with reusable
Alan's DiscotechAlan TurnerNo longer provide glo-sticks or balloons at children's parties, replaced plastic party bags with paper ones & take own reusable water bottles & refill at venues.
36 and counting