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Trinity House Continue Plastic Reduction Commitment

Posted By Dr Peter Matthews CBE HonFSE CEnv, 18 December 2018

In March 2018, through their Environmental Working Group and the Sub-Working Group on Plastics Reduction, Trinity House made a commitment to stop producing avoidable plastic waste by 2020. They are continuing their work towards this commitment and have shared their progress with the Society for the Environment six months on from a plastic themed World Environment Day 2018. 

Trinity House is a charity dedicated to safeguarding shipping and seafarers, providing education, support and welfare to the seafaring community with a statutory duty as a General Lighthouse Authority to deliver a reliable, efficient and cost-effective aids to navigation service for the benefit and safety of all mariners. They gained their Royal Charter in 1514! 

The Society's immediate past Chair, Dr Peter Matthews CBE HonFSE CEnv, played a key part in forming this commitment as a Non-Executive Director at Trinity House. They have shared their progress in the form of their "Plastic Reduction Newsletter" - the winter 2018 edition. 

Headline work includes:

  • Reduce - Approximately 7,500 plastic bin liners saved
  • Reuse - Donating old mooring lines to the monkey enclosures at Colchester Zoo

It's all about good practice and sharing the successes to inspire others to follow suit. 

More information about the plastic reduction work completed so far at Trinity House can be viewed on the PDF below. 

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Tags:  CEnv  Chartered  Fellow  HonFSE  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  Trinity House  World Environment Day 

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Beat Plastic Pollution: Three Months On

Posted By Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA, 05 December 2018

Beat Plastic Pollution: Three Months On

» World Environment Day Blog by Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA

 This article looks at my personal progress made over the past month since World Environment Day 2018 (5 June 2018), which had the theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution”. 

Since my public postings of videos and written articles, I have maintained my #PledgeLessPlastic pledge to:

1. Reduce the plastic content of my shopping

Whilst some of our shopping is at the larger supermarkets with some plastic waste being generated.We have continued to shop at our local shops, particularly at the green grocer which offers wicker baskets to carry my shopping and paper bags to take the shopping home.You will note the plastic film around our lettuce from the same shop, so going plastic-less is far from perfect.

2. Reduce disposable water bottle waste

I have brought a re-usable water bottle for my journeys away from the home. The good thing about this bottle is the centre column can be frozen to keep the drink cool during even the hottest of Summers.However, I have found it difficult to find refill stations. The majority exist in Central London at the mainline stations and airports but this can cause a problem getting a refill away from these locations.It has to be said that I have brought two non-reusable bottles of water over the past three months as no refill options were available. That said, I have ensured that the bottles are recycled & recognised that more refill options should be available.

3. Reduce the use of disposable take-away cups

During the past month, I have not used the take-away option at any Coffee Shop & instead have preferred to relax and enjoy my drink.The photograph, below, is an illustration of the options that you have available:

  • China cup + Drink inside the coffee shop = Relaxation and a Sustainable option
  • Disposable Cup + Drinking outside = Stress and an environmental impact

After reading this article, please catch-up on my nine-part series of videos on my YouTube Channel covering my “love/hate” addiction to the use of plastic in my personal and business life together with suggestions on how you can go “Plastic-less”.

Blog written and provided by Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA. Original post can be found on Andrew's website, here.

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  IEMA  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  World Environment Day 

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Making the Commitment to #PledgeLessPlastic

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!


VGC Group

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 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.


Keep Pledging!

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!

Tags:  #PledgeLessPlastic  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  Willmott Dixon  World Environment Day 

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Beat Plastic Pollution - 9 Vlogs for World Environment Day

Posted By Andrew Marlow CEnv MIEMA, 29 June 2018

For World Environment Day 2018 we asked you to commit to reducing harmful plastics using the hashtag #PledgeLessPlastic and/or inspire others with a good practice case study that had a positive impact on the use of plastics (with a focus on single use plastics). 

However, Chartered Environmentalist Andrew Marlow went beyond this with extraordinary efforts to produced a collection of nine vlogs for World Environment Day! These vlogs (short, informative videos) were all based on the plastic waste problem, but they also offered solutions in order to form an educational collection of videos. 

We have uploaded the first three of these videos to the Society for the Environment YouTube channel, but the following six can be found by clicking on the playlist button on our channel. The first three vlogs can also be viewed below: 

View "An Opening Confession" on YouTube »


View "A Tale of Two Shopping Bags" on YouTube »


View "Waste Weighing and Audit" on YouTube »

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society for the Environment. 

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  Plastic  vlog  WED  World Environment Day 

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By Working Together We Can make a Difference this World Environment Day

Posted By Martin Ballard CEnv, 29 June 2018

Willmott Dixon Group Environment Manager and Chartered Environmentalist, Martin Ballard, tells us how by working together we can make a difference this World Environment Day.

World Environment Day (WED) provides us with an opportunity to take action - and we have much to celebrate with improvements in our environment.

Making an impact

It’s not about just one day. We’re asking friends, colleagues and communities to consider what they can each do to play their part in tackling our love/hate for plastics - to challenge each to take a pledge, take action and take time to feedback, using the hashtag #pledgelessplastic.

My pledge is to challenge why and how we use plastics and work with suppliers and organisations to reuse materials directly or indirectly in their value chain.


Let's get back to the plastic problem…

Is the root cause of the problem the material or how it’s used? As with many readily available low-cost materials, the value given to plastic can be seen in how it is readily thrown away in the hedgerows and verges alongside our roads, railways, canals and streams. The pathway of plastic pollution is horrifically clear to see, from our communities, windblown or weather beaten into micro fragments to drains and watercourses.

Read the full article on the Willmott Dixon website (click here)

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society for the Environment. Blog Source - Willmott Dixon.

Tags:  CEnv  Chartered Environmentalist  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  Willmott Dixon  World Environment Day 

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EAUC Plastics Consultation Response

Posted By EAUC, 27 June 2018

The EAUC (Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges) has kindly shared their response to the HM Treasury consultation ‘Tackling the plastic problem: using the tax system or charges to address single-use plastic waste - May 2018’. With the obvious link to the theme for World Environment Day 2018 (Beat Plastic Pollution), we thought you'd be interested in having a read: 


Click here to download the EAUC consultation response.

Click here to find out more and get involved with #PledgeLessPlastic for World Environment Day 2018.

Click here to download the World Environment Day #PledgeLessPlastic case study template

Thank you for contributing to the #PledgeLessPlastic project. 

Tags:  Colleges  Consultation  EAUC  Environment  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  Pledge Less Plastic  Universities  World Environment Day 

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The IES’s Ocean Plastics Awareness Events

Posted By The IES, 04 June 2018

Click here to download the Institution of Environmental Science's World Environment Day #PledgeLessPlastic case study.

Click here to find out more and get involved with #PledgeLessPlastic for World Environment Day 2018.

Click here to download the World Environment Day #PledgeLessPlastic case study template

Please share this case study with your peers, colleagues and the wider public. Thank you for contributing to the #PledgeLessPlastic project. 

Tags:  IES  Ocean  Ocean Plastic  Plastic  Pollution  WED 2018  World Environment Day 

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Jacobs Single-Use Plastic Challenge Case Study

Posted By Phil Underwood, 11 May 2018

Click here to download Jacobs' World Environment Day #PledgeLessPlastic case study.

Click here to find out more and get involved with #PledgeLessPlastic for World Environment Day 2018.

Click here to download the World Environment Day #PledgeLessPlastic case study template

Please share this case study with your peers, colleagues and the wider public. Thank you for contributing to the #PledgeLessPlastic project. 

Tags:  Jacobs  Plastic  Plastic Pollution  Single-Use Plastic  SUP  Waste  WED  WED18  World Environment Day 

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