Girl guides have vowed to reduce all single-use plastics with the launch of the UK’s largest female-led climate campaign.
So far, half a million girls have signed up in support of the #PlasticPromise campaign which was launched to encourage girls and young women to speak out about tackling plastic pollution.
And the general public can help the girls with their plight, by also committing to a cleaner future. Becoming a “Planet Protector” will enable you to support more than 400,000 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, and Rangers who are making one of five promises to create a better future for all of us.
The girls will make wiser choices as part of the Plastic Promise and in return for their efforts, will be able to claim a digital plastic promise badge. Efforts will include using reusable water bottles, not using cling film (we get through 1.2 billion metres of the stuff every year in the UK) or disposable cutlery for school lunches and campaigning to reduce plastic waste.
In the UK, we use a shocking 7.7 billion plastic water bottles every year, something that can be easily avoided. The disposable plastic cutlery used during picnics or in the canteen is used for a mere ten minutes before it ends up in landfill and we bin almost 5,000 coffee cups every minute.
There will be a week of social action from today, where Future Girl Acts (which forms part of the girl guiding groups’ Planet Protectors campaign) will work to tackle plastic pollution together.
Future Girl Acts gives girls of all ages the opportunity to explain why they care about plastic pollution and to call on politicians to listen to their voices in environmental decision-making.
It is hoped the guides will take the campaign wider into their communities and urge their families, friends and peers to make the #PlasticPromise too.
The girl guiding groups have already replaced all single-use plastic straws, plates, cutlery, water bottles and food packaging and replaced them with sustainable alternatives at their national events and activity centres.
They have also stopped using plastic bags at events and are working alongside suppliers to minimise product packaging and to use compostable and kerbside recyclable packaging.
The groups have also pledged to continue to work with third parties, encouraging them to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic, as well as actively seek suppliers with the best environmental credentials.
And while we’re on the subject of plastic pollution…
The Acre Foundation, the charitable arm of Acre Resources, is currently fundraising (and training!) for its forthcoming mighty trek through The Accursed Mountains, to raise money for Plastic Oceans UK.
A team of 12 from the recruitment firm will embark on their latest expedition on October 3, through The Accursed Mountains of the Albanian Alps.
Not for the faint-hearted, this strenuous charity challenge will see the Acre team reach more than 3,600m of elevation, as they trek 53km of mountain trails through Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.
Acre Resources, which has offices in London and New York, has been organising charity challenges for the past six years. This year it has chosen to raise funds for Plastic Oceans UK for the second year running, to help it continue to research innovative solutions to solve the plastic pollution epidemic.
For more information about the Acre Foundation or if you would like to make a donation, please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/acrefoundation2019