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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.

Artwork to mark end of Stratford’s Plastic Challenge

An artwork made from throw-away plastic will be created in Stratford upon Avon’s Bancroft Gardens this weekend to mark the end of Transition Stratford’s Plastic Challenge. 

The Plastic Challenge, a two week programme through which people try to reduce the day-to-day plastic in their lives, was launched by sustainability group Transition Stratford on Saturday 12 May. In its first week people have collected the plastic coming home in their shopping baskets to see how much they are buying and where it comes from. In the second week, starting Saturday 19 May, people have been seeing what they can do to reduce this plastic.

And the plastic they have collected, together with other donated plastic, will be used to create a temporary artwork on the Bancroft Gardens this Saturday 26 May. Led by Shipston-based artist Matt Geden, the assembly of the artwork will start at 10.00 am and will be on display until the end of the afternoon, when it will dismantled and the plastic sorted for recycling.

In addition to the artwork, Transition Stratford will be running a stall providing information about plastic – where it comes from, how it’s used, and what happens when it’s thrown away – as well as about the Plastic Challenge itself. There will also be an information display about recycling by Stratford-on-Avon District Council, as well as information from Stratford Friends of the Earth and WEAVE, the Leamington-based creative recycling centre.

Hints and tips for the Plastic Challenge

Transition Stratford has published its first selection of tips and hints to help people to take the Plastic Challenge – and cut down the amount of new plastic coming into their life.

The Challenge is simple. In the week beginning Saturday 12 May, we shop as normal – but collect all the plastic we buy. In Week 2, beginning Saturday 19 May, we see if we can cut down the amount of plastic in our lives. To take part, get in touch with us at plastic@transitionstratford.com.

The tips and advice aim to help you plan ways to cut down your plastic. But if you have suggestions or ideas of your own and want to share them with others, contact us at plastic@transitionstratford.com, and we will post up new ideas and suggestions.

Take The Plastic Challenge!

Transition Stratford has announced the launch of The Plastic Challenge – an opportunity to find ways to cut down the amount of new plastic in your life!

Plastic is durable, flexible and much lighter than most alternative packaging materials – so food and drink can be transported easily and kept longer. But plastic is also one of the worst of polluters, as it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment for a very long time. And 4 per cent of total world oil production goes into the making of plastics – much of which is used just once before ending up in landfill.

Transition Stratford’s Plastic Challenge is simple. In Week One, starting Saturday12 May 2012, we will shop as normal – but collect together every bit of plastic packaging that comes home with the shopping. Keep a note of how much packaging comes into your life.

In Week Two, starting Saturday 19 May 2012, we will aim to avoid as much as possible of the throw-away plastic we brought home in Week 1. To do that, we’ll need to change the way we shop – in particular avoiding single-use plastic packaging. We won’t eliminate the plastic in our lives, but we will see where we can cut back on avoidable plastic and reduce the amount of plastic that just goes to waste.

And we will celebrate at the end of Week Two, on Saturday 26 May, with the creation of a sculpture from plastic collected during the Challenge Fortnight.

To help you meet the Challenge, we will be publishing tips and advice in the run up to the Challege Fortnight. And to inspire you to take up the Challenge, we will be screening Hawai’i:Message in the Waves on Friday 11 May – a film from the BBC Natural History Unit about the way plastic,among other things, poses a threat to the wildlife of the Hawai’ian Islands.

To find out more – and to register to take part in the Plastic Challenge, phone Transition Stratford on 01789 298503 or e-mail us at plastic@transitionstratford.com.

And please tell your friends about the Challenge. Anyone can take part – wherever they live. Let’s see what we can achieve together.