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Reduce, Reuse … Rethink

The last couple of weeks have been difficult for everyone. Fear, readjustment, social distancing and - for some of us - illness. Covid-19 has turned our lives inside out in a fortnight and now we are in a phase of lockdown with essential work, daily exercise and...

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Corona Update: Delivery Directory

Things are changing fast, sometimes hour by hour. We are working to help support the community during this difficult time, in a way relevant to our 'mission' We'll be posting various information and actions for the town and surrounding areas over the...

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Corona & Community

We are facing challenging times and as, day by day, the Corona virus takes more of a hold in the UK we are all facing tough decisions. Should we attend an event? Should I visit an elderly relative? What happens if the UK does eventually decide to lock down – how will...

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#LessPlasticPlease

This month saw our latest Mass Unwraps take place at supermarkets across Penzance. These non-disruptive awareness events are a great way to show the scary amount of single-use and unnecessary plastic packaging given out by the supermarkets, and use people-power to...

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Ocean – An Exhibition for Change

An interactive exhibition is being held at Newlyn’s newest art gallery, Jupiter Gallery, featuring photographs from Ben Lecomte’s Vortex Swim through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch … the highest concentration of ocean plastic in the world. Local marine plastic...

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Halloween Hacks

Be afraid … be very afraid. We are heading straight into a Halloween Plastic Horror Show. This time of year is a nightmare for single-use, throwaway plastic tat and the shop aisles are full of it. Plastic sweet buckets, plastic masks, plastic decorations, plastic...

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New Report says Penzance is Reducing its Plastic Impact

A report from the University of Exeter has found that the Plastic Free Penzance campaign is reducing single-use plastic in the town and is making headway in changing attitudes and behaviour to help protect the environment. The grassroots community group will use the...

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Back 2 School: Top Tips

Sorry ... we know it feels like the summer holidays have only just started, but we need to talk school. With lots of families (us included) kitting out kids of all ages to go back to class in September, it's a great time to rethink the way we do things and what we buy...

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Business Pack Swap Scheme Launches!

Plastic Free Penzance and Penzance Chamber of Commerce join forces to help businesses reduce and reuse plastic packaging, as part of work to tackle the impact of plastic pollution and create a more sustainable town. Plastic Free Penzance and Penzance Chamber of...

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Plastic Ocean Film Night – Sneak Peek!

This July we are hosting a family-friendly film night which we hope will open eyes and inspire, as we take a trip across the globe to witness the plastic pollution crisis alongside the awesome surfers, paddle boarders and water people for whom the ocean is their life....

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Join the Refill Revolution as Golowan Goes Green!

Plastic Free Penzance and Golowan organisers are calling on thousands of festival-goers to take four simple steps to help reduce the impact of the town’s biggest weekend. Mazey Day and Quay Fair Day are the climax of the week long festival of music and arts, which...

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Fishing Line Recycling Comes to Penzance

Another blog post ... another Community Ally! This time a really important one to help tackle all the ghost fishing gear we pick up day after day on our beaches and coastline. We get lots of questions asking what we are doing about fishing nets and lines found washed...

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Welcome Aboard Wharfside!

We're really pleased that our latest Community Ally in the town is the Wharfside Shopping Centre. The team have already been working on reducing waste as part of a wider strategy and we're really chuffed that support of Plastic Free Penzance has become a central part...

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Be Summer Season Savvy

We are in a brilliant and very lucky position. We live in a beautiful place which people flock to over the summer season. Why wouldn't you?! Penzance has so much to offer and stands out for being an authentic, real Cornish town. No airbrush here! Just amazing...

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New Events Charter Announced!

We are pleased to announce that our Plastic Free Penzance Events Charter has been adopted by the town! We have been working with Penzance Town Council and Penzance Business Improvement District to draw up the document, which sets out clear guidelines for anyone...

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Egg-cellent Easter Tips!

So another celebration is upon us and with it another chance to ramp up the amount of rubbish going in the bin or ending up in the environment. Here are some of our top tips for reducing packaging and waste this Easter: Put smaller foil wrapped eggs in a re-used...

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Gallery: Big Spring Beach Clean

Wow! First off a HUGE thank you to the 101 volunteers who took part in our first SAS Big Spring Beach Clean events for 2019. We were blessed with the weather on Saturday, and also the help of our four legged friends, as we kick-started a whole morning of action in...

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It’s a Wrap!

We are often asked what are we doing about the supermarkets and all the plastic they dish out, and it's a tricky one. Our local store managers cannot bring about the changes that our local business owners can and as a volunteer, grassroots group our main concern is...

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Sharing is Caring

We were honoured to be invited to Alderney this month, to help the local Plastic Free Communities team build on the brilliant work they have started on the island. Situated three miles off the coast of France and one of the more isolated of the Channel Islands, it was...

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Plastic Free Pirates

We're delighted to welcome the Cornish Pirates on board as our latest Community Ally, as the club aims to become a Plastic Free Champion! The Championship rugby club first contacted Plastic Free Penzance last year to help with its Surfers Against Sewage ‘Big Spring...

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And the Award for Awesomeness Goes to ….

... Penzance! We are so, SO happy to have been able to celebrate our town's achievements over the last year with so many of you at last night's Plastic Free Awards. Hosted by our Community Ally, Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange, and supported with delicious food from...

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Community Allies … Assemble!

We work a lot with businesses in Penzance to reduce their plastic impact ... but there is also a set of organisations, institutions and groups who are just as active and important to the Plastic Free PZ campaign. Community Allies. What are they? Well, they're...

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Shop Local This Christmas

'Tis the season to be jolly! 'Tis also the season for ridiculous amounts of throwaway plastic. So, over the next few weeks we're going to be sharing a host of plastic free tips for Christmas on our social media channels to help ease the waste mountain that forms at...

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Beach Cleans Alone Aren’t the Answer

We are blown away every time we hold a beach clean by the level of support and involvement we get from the people of Penzance. From babies through to octogenarians and our four-legged friends (even horses!)... the whole community turns out and gets stuck in. Our...

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