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We dared to #GOPlasticFree in July in support of the MCS

July marked the Marine Conservation Society’s official Plastic Challenge month #GOPlasticFree. A month where they challenge the nation to stop using single-use plastic. Read all about it here: https://www.mcsuk.org/plastic-challenge/ We decided to get involved this year.

#GoPlasticFree

Cityscape Recruitment challenged themselves to have no single-use plastic in the office for the whole of July. So that meant no plastic drinks bottles (unless they are the reusable kind), no plastic shopping bags, no coffee cooler cups, no takeaway coffees (they have plastic lids!), no microwave meals, no sandwich wrappers, no salad bowls! If the plastic is meant to be thrown away after we’ve used it, it is deemed as single use. The list is, scarily, pretty much endless!

 

#GOPlasticFree was a challenge!

 

The team found buying food a particular challenge. All their normal lunch locations surrounded the food in plastic wrappers. Be that a salad bowl or a sandwich box with a plastic window. To overcome that, a lot of the team choose to bring in their own food, have their food in, rather than take away or they opted to go to one of the only sandwich shops in the town that sell their sandwiches in paper bags! Takeaway coffees were another challenge to overcome but, thankfully, easily solved by sourcing reusable coffee cups. Lots of reusable shopping bags were also used and lots of packets of crisps and sweets avoided!

 

That being said, it was a challenge worth doing. By taking part, it highlighted to us (and our friends and family) exactly how much plastic we actually use. And could (and should) be avoiding. And also, just how hard it is to avoid plastic on a daily basis, even beyond food packaging, like pens for instance.

 

To help raise money for the Marine Conservation Society at the same time, if any of the Cityscape Recruitment team chose to bring single-use plastic into the office, they needed to donate to our Marine Conservation Society collection pot. Although we tried very hard to avoid plastic for the month, we were able to raise more than £200! We are going to add this to our donations for the Jurassic Coast half marathon walk we are doing later this month – to read all about it, and for information on how you can donate, click here.

 

We have been avid supporters of the Marine Conservation Society for over a year now. We’ve carried out various activities to raise money for and awareness of the vital work they do. Please click here for more information.