Plastic-free challenge gauntlet thrown down in Ottery St Mary

Ottery St Mary residents are being challenged to give up one item of plastic during July as part of an international pledge.

Scores of people have already vowed to take part, leaving their promises on a dedicated pledge board in the town centre.

People are being asked to give up a single plastic item for the entire month and share their progress through social media.

Pledges can be made through Plastic-free Ottery’s Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages, using the hashtags #plasticfreepledge and #plasticfreeottery. Or in person on the pledge board found in Fillfull, a zero-waste grocery store, in Mill Street, Ottery St Mary.

Plastic-free Ottery organisers have planned a series of events throughout July to highlight the cause and champion the environment.

A Plastic-free Ottery spokesperson said: “Every little change makes a difference, so have a go – and who knows, you might even make things permanent.”

Plastic-free Ottery

Plastic-free Ottery has set up a series of events throughout July to highlight the cause and champion the environment.
Photo: Samuel Zeller

Plastic-free celebrations include a litter-pick, on Sunday, July 14, from 11am until 1pm, starting at the Scout hut, in Winters Lane, Ottery St Mary.

There are talks from Row for the Ocean charity, East Devon Waste Management and Fridays for Future campaign group, plus workshops to make plastic-free alternatives, and plogging – jogging while picking up litter.

Plastic-free Ottery will have a stall at Ottery St Mary Primary School fete, on Saturday, July 20.
For more information see or email plasticfreeottery@gmail.com

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