If you’ve seen the distressing images brought to us by Blue Planet II and think we should be doing something to reduce our use of plastic, be reassured that here in st.Albans we are.

Sandy Gibb joined Amanda Yorwerth on Environment Matters to explain that a group was getting together to launch Plastic Free St.Albans. It’s aim is to wean us off single use plastics starting with items like plastic straws, drinks stirring sticks and condiments sachets. Sandy was pleased to report that local businesses so far are keen to join in and you should see these items gradually disappearing from cafes and restaurants around St.Albans. Plastic Free St.Albans has the support of St.Albans District Council and St.Albans BID (Business Improvement District) and is also working with St.Albans Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace. The introduction of the Freefill scheme, whereby businesses will fill your water bottle rather than you having to buy water in a plastic bottle, was very much welcomed by Sandy.

Plastic Free St.Albans is officially launching by inviting you to a  Plastic Free Community Picnic on Earth Day, Sunday 22nd April 12-2pm in Highfield Park at the start of Sustainable St.Albans Week. Just come along with a picnic avoiding single use plastic where possible and enjoy the tune. Kathryn Holt’s will be there to entertain children in her story tent and there’ll be games too. Also, on the same day in the evening A Plastic Free Ocean will be shown at the Odyssey Cinema – a beautiful but eye opening film.

In the meantime, Sandy urged us to refuse plastic straws, to take our own reusable coffee cups and to report share our successes and setbacks with Plastic Free St.Albans on Facebook and Twitter @plasticfreeSA