Read all about our amazing Marine Awareness event on the News page
Let’s all make Crosby PLASTIC FREE!
FoCB’s wonderful band of volunteers are doing a grand job keeping the beach clean and safe for visitors and protecting the marine environment. However, we have realised for some time that this is not enough and that we must do what we can to make people aware of the harm that litter does. We love to see people enjoying themselves on the beach, especially in the summer with their picnics, but it always means lots more litter and we wish they would put their litter in the bins or, better still, take it home.
Single Use Plastic is the Number One enemy
We can all play our part by looking at our own plastic use and cutting down as much as we can. Not easy as everything seems to be made of plastic these days but every small step counts. David Attenborough is far more eloquent and persuasive than we could ever be – do have a look at his video on bbc.co.uk/plasticwatch.
Sefton Council recently unanimously passed a motion proposed by Cllr Diane Roscoe from Blundellsands ward to reduce its own use and the use of its partners, of single use plastic and to encourage the people of Sefton to switch to alternatives. Click here to read the motion.
Getting rid of plastic in Crosby:
We are absolutely delighted that a number of Crosby traders and groups are doing just this and we can encourage others to follow their shining example. These are just the ones that we know about – please tell us of more and we’ll add them to the list.
Cafe Vita at Crosby Baths – plastic free.
Crosby Coffee, Waterloo – takeaway cardboard coffee cups, paper straws.
Story House Café, Crosby Village – all takeaway products compostable materials.
The Workshop, Crosby Road North – bamboo food containers, brown paper napkins.
The Little Deli, Crosby , – cardboard boxes, bamboo forks.
The Good Catch, Crosby Village – plastic free, apart from forks which they are replacing soon.
The Little Macaron Shop, St John’s Road – plastic free, saying, “Far too much plastic is in the world and it never felt right being part of the problem.”
Caz’s Kitchen, St John’s Road – plastic free and facility to refill bottles, washing up liquid for now, but more will follow.
CAN, St John’s Road – 100% vegan and plastic free.
Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre – virtually plastic free in the Bistro.
Sainsbury’s, Crosby – reducing plastic by encouraging customers to take their own bags and containers for their loose fruit and veg, as well as fish, meat and delicatessen.
Root 22, Moor Lane in the old post office – Loose fruit and veg and no plastic.
Little World, 2 Dunningsbridge Road – organic vegetarian café, loose fruit and veg, zero waste and non-plastic items for sale.
|Crosby Craftivists - a newly formed craft group operating from the Story House have a creative and innovative approach. They meet once a month and make crafts which they are taking into local establishments to persuade them to use paper straws instead of plastic and to offer free tap water in refillable bottles.|
Thank you to our volunteers who are taking the campaign into Crosby and helping to make it PLASTIC FREE!
Nationally, good things are starting to happen. Micro beads have been banned July 2018 and there are moves afoot to ban plastic straws. 40 of our biggest companies have pledged to reduce their use of plastic and Iceland have already started by replacing all their own plastic packaging.
Starbucks are starting to reduce their plastic use and, in many outlets, are selling re-usable cups for £1 and encouraging customers to bring their own. They will be rewarded with 25p off every time they re-use!
Good news on the government proposal to ban plastic straws, cotton buds and stirrers from 2020. Keep up the pressure to make sure it happens!
There are a number of marine organisations which campaign nationally and are well worth supporting. Most of the ones here came to our marine awareness event. Do check out their websites, see what they are doing, sign their petitions and find out more about marine pollution.