Plastic Free Swindon is a campaign to help end plastic pollution. It was launched for Plastic Free July 2018 by Swindon Climate Action Network. As part of Friends of the Earth, we form part of the global Break Free From Plastic movement (vision, mission and principles here). Efforts to end plastic pollution are global and increasingly co-ordinated. There is much hope when we work together.
The campaign is made up of volunteers and is non-politically affiliated. However, it is very important that we address political issues. Strong legislation is urgently required, it would make a huge difference in reducing plastic pollution. See the government section for further info.
- We support a system of zero waste. The current system of plastic recycling is neither healthy nor sustainable. See the 'recycling' and 'zero waste' categories of the library for further info.
- We support the aims of the Plastic Pollution Bill, a structured timetable to eliminate plastic pollution.
- We support implementing effective legislation on synthetic chemicals.
- We support local, independent and organic / natural. These aspects reduce the need for plastic and are beneficial in many other respects. For example, reduced food miles.
- We support equality. Pollution and inequality are linked
See the library for further info on all these points.
We endeavour to reach our goals through:
- Hosting events.
- Support and co-operation.
- Undersanding problems.
- Implementing solutions
We will do this by:
- Engaging with the public.
- Engaging with schools and colleges.
- Engaging with businesses.
- Engaging with MPs / government
- Engaging with the council and parishes.
- Engaging with other organisations.
- Liasing with local media.
- Working with local, national and international groups.
- Extensive research.
See the activities section for how we've been working to achieve our aims.
We collect no information from you unless you communicate with us or for activities. Information is used for the campaign only. Information will never be sold on.
- If you write to us, we will use the information that you provide for communication and the emails will be stored as a record of those communications.
- For specific activities, we will state what information is used for.
This website was created from the ground up to be efficient, keeping file sizes and load low. It is hosted by a small, independent company called Faelix, who own UK-based servers powered by renewable energy and are considerate of environmental and social issues. They support Free (Libre) Open Source Software (FOSS / FLOSS), hosting an instance of Jitsi and present on Mastodon. If you're wondering what FLOSS has to do with plastic pollution, see 'Reduce' in the take action section.
Natural materials and nature were the two key elements that we wanted to portray. The website design developed to have a good meaning to it. The logo reads Plastic Free Swindon. Behind it, there is a beautiful plastic free Swindon (a picture of Queen's Park). There is a fence which is a barrier; the aspects of plastic pollution. Behind the fence there is a scroll / paper. It is meant to be like an old map containing information which can lead us past the barriers to the beautiful plastic free Swindon. The wooden board on the side or bottom of the page (depending on the screen size) is like a community noticeboard where events and milestones are recorded. Thanks to Willo the Wisp and Lucas Browne for helping with the design.
- Plastic bag jellyfish picture courtesy of Swindon artist, Willo the Wisp.
- Plastic Free Swindon image courtesy of Lucas Moon Browne.
- Covid-19 picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It has a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
- Swindon ward map on the activities page courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It has a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
- Picture of Robert Buckland courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It has a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
- Picture of Justin Tomlinson courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It has a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
- TTIP banner picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It has a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
- Wikileaks logo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It has a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.
- EU / Brexit flag courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It has a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.
- 'Coca Cola - Mexican death sentence' © Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons. It has a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.