Posted By Rob Turner,
26 July 2018
Updated: 26 July 2018
#PledgeLessPlastic: Who Pledged What?
For over forty years, the United Nations has held World Environment Day (WED) annually on the 5th June to promote environmental action and raise awareness of some of the most important problems facing the planet. This year, the global theme was 'beat plastic pollution', an issue that has gained rapid traction over the last year.
By reducing the consumption and disposal of single use plastic, we can decrease the amounts of long-lived pollutants in our oceans and reverse the damage done to ecosystems across the world. To promote this cause, we teamed up with Licensed Body, IEMA, and a selection of their Corporate Members to launch the #PledgeLessPlastic campaign. By pledging to make changes to the way we use plastic as individuals and organisations, we can collectively improve the world we live in. To find out more about what you could do and to help make your pledge, use our dedicated #PledgeLessPlastic toolkit.
The toolkit includes case study examples, editable pledge cards, background information, infographics and more.
Pledges at the SocEnv Awards and Lectures on WED
Many individuals and organisations have already committed to #PledgeLessPlastic and reduce their impact on the planet. Here's just a selection of those pledges:
Graham Powell CEnv
Before picking up the 2018 Environmental Professional of the Year Award at our WED event on the 5th June, Graham, a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) through the Institute of Water, and his wife Ros, had time to make his own pledge to reduce his plastic usage. Anglian Water may "Love Every Drop", but Graham has helpfully amended his employer's slogan for his pledge to not use single-use plastic bottles. A numerous delegates stepped up and also made a pledge on the evening - we will be posting these pledges on the Society for the Environment Twitter page over the next week or so - now is the time to follow us!
Plus, following WED, Anglian Water became the first water company to announce a "radical commitment to rid the East of England of plastic waste by 2030". That's quite a pledge! Find out more here.
Dougal Driver CEnv
Dougal is a Chartered Environmentalist, the Vice Chair of the Society and CEO of Grown in Britain. He had the opportunity to speak about the #PledgeLessPlastic campaign on WED at our Awards and Lectures event. The video above is set up to begin with Dougal discussing his pledge to launch a research programme into homegrown forest alternatives to plastic products (8 minutes in).
Pledges from Across the UK
The #PledgeLessPlastic campaign has been taken up by many different organisations and individuals beyond our Awards and Lectures on WED. Here's how they've helped to spread awareness and pledged to do their bit in reducing plastic waste:
Hertfordshire County Council
For Hertfordshire County Council, #PledgeLessPlastic has meant an end to the use of single-use plastic cups and cutlery in their restaurants and coffee bars. Each of them have their own pledge card, showing different parts of their pledge. Our dedicated toolkit has an adaptable template that you can download and use to make your own pledge card(s). Remember to take a picture and share on social media using #PledgeLessPlastic to inspire others!
Mihai, Prabu, Harry, Shane, James and Josh were the team that won VCG Group's #PledgeLessPlastic team prize. Working on CrossRail, they have pledged to switch from disposable single-use bottles to the reusable ones shown in the photo. The VCG team weren't the only workers in orange high-vis gear to get behind the campaign - workers at Emico also got involved and pledged to give up plastic bags, straws, cups and bottles.
The aim was to make the plastic problem more visible to more people, so these examples have gone above and beyond!
Sandra Norval CEnv
Sandra utilised the power of video in Westminster to highlight her new business's commitment to not using single-use plastics. This has allowed Bluedotaug to have elimination of single use plastic as one of its founding principles, helping to build the business on a foundation of sustainable working. Sandra and her business partner are also requesting data to aid the development of their visualisation software - visit bluedotaug.com to contact Sandra if interested in taking part.
The Pledges Just Keep Coming
Above we have pledges from start ups, award winners, large companies, county councils and CEO's - but there's more:
Find more by searching #PledgeLessPlastic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
The need to reduce plastic waste doesn't stop at World Environment Day - it's a long term thing! We want you to keep pledging and lead the way in making a difference to our environment. Find out more, pledge and share using our online toolkit today!