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29 Jan 2018: Tackling plastics in Oxford

Want to act on tackling plastics in Oxford?

Oxford Friends of the Earth is hosting a meeting on January 29th to discuss how groups and people across the city can cooperate to have the biggest impacts on single use plastics (SUPs) and packaging. We will meet at Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW from 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm.

There is much that can be done locally. As a city with large numbers of people ‘on the move’ (tourists, students and others passing through), Oxford probably has a rather higher than average use. We certainly have a very high level of take-away food outlets. The City Council has already started to take action by committing to phase out SUPs in their catering.

Among the actions being discussed are

  • Lobbying local shops, restaurants etc. to cut back use – drinking straws and takeaway containers could be a first focus.
  • Tackling larger organisations (including colleges and large employers) to phase out plastics
  • Promoting refill schemes such as SESI and shops where alternatives are used (e.g. market stalls for fresh veg)
  • Actions at supermarkets to highlight needless over-packaging
  • Asking our members and others to reduce SUP use over a month (with guidance materials etc.)
  • A day or week of action to bring all this together.

If you’re doing something or want to do something please come along to the meeting and share your ideas and offer your support. National companies are making noises about changing but there’s a lot that can be done locally to speed up change.

Venue: Friends Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm

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