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Take the Plastic Challenge (and more!)

Transition Stratford’s Plastic Challenge gets under way this weekend Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2013 at the Stratford River Festival.

The Plastic Challenge is simple. Monitor the plastic that comes into your life through shopping over the course of a week – then see whether you can cut out some of that plastic the following week.

This year’s Plastic Challenge Fortnight will run from Monday 8 July to Sunday 21 July (though you can take the Challenge at any time convenient to you). To encourage people to sign up for the Challenge, Transition Stratford is giving away a free shopping bag, hand-made by local volunteers from fabric remnants, to the first 100 to sign up for the Plastic Challenge at the River Festival.

There’ll also be leaflets on ways to reduce and recycle plastic, a game for children, and demonstrations of bag making – you can even have a go at making a bag yourself!

And Transition Stratford will be launching its Crafty Plastic Beasts competition for children. Can they make a – real or imaginary – beast by reusing plastic? Competition entries can be made at home and brought to Transition Stratford’s stall at the Crafty Beasts event which will take place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July at Mary Arden’s farm, Wilmcote, near Stratford. Or children can have a go at making a beast there.

There will be prizes for three age groups – under 8, 8-12 and 13-16. Winners will be judged by Vikki Holroyd, Director of WEAVE Recycle, and the prizes will be a year’s free membership of the WEAVE Recycle centre in Leamington Spa.

Plastic Challenge Fortnight announced

Transition Stratford has announced that this year’s Plastic Challenge Fortnight will take place from Monday 8 July to Sunday 21 July.

The Plastic Challenge asks people to monitor the amount of plastic in their shopping over the course of a week – and then to see if they can cut down on plastic during the following week. Though you can take the Plastic Challenge at any time, taking it with others helps spread the word – and the good ideas for living with less plastic.

Transition Stratford ran the Plastic Challenge for the first time last year, when nearly 50 people took part. Now organisers hope more than twice that number will join the Challenge in 2013.

Transition Stratford will be launching the Challenge Fortnight at the Stratford River Festival on Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July, when its stall will have information about plastic, games and activities. You can sign up for then Challenge then – or e-mail plastic@transitionstratford.com to join in.

Plastic Challenge is under way!

Transition Stratford’s Plastic Challenge is under way.

Aimed at helping people to reduce the amount of plastic they buy and throw away, the two week programme runs from Saturday 12 May to Saturday 26 May 2012.

The Challenge starts with a week in which you monitor the amount of plastic coming into your home through your usual shopping. Transition Stratford supporters who’ve already tried this out say it’s amazing how much plastic comes home with your shopping – even when you think you’re being careful not to collect unwanted plastic!

Having monitored a week’s worth of plastic, in the second week we aim to reduce it! How? Well, that’s up to you. What seems the easiest or obvious ways to cut down on the amount of plastic you are buying? Could you increase the amount you recycle? Transition Stratford has published some tips and advice to help – but you may come up with even better ideas.

Want to take part? Then contact us on plastic@transitionstratford.com and we will send you further details.