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Rhiwbina the first Single-use Plastic Free community in Cardiff.

March 22, 2018

Today, along with Rhiwbina resident Naomi England, we kicked off the campaign to make Rhiwbina the first single-use plastic free community in Cardiff. We popped into independent businesses in the village to chat about the benefits and ask if they would like to sign-up.  

It was great to discover that most are already making changes to reduce the amount of plastic they use. For example, Parson’s Bakery and The Olive Branch have stopped ordering plastic straws, Nest use paper bags, Flower Lodge Florist are aiming to switch from cellophane to wax paper where possible, and Snails Deli offer a free cuppa when you purchase a reusable bamboo coffee cup. These are just some of the initiatives underway.

Our campaign is about encouraging local businesses to become as plastic free as possible and offering suggestions for alternatives. It’s also about the community taking advantage of offers and playing their part, by reusing bags and bringing reusable coffee cups when they’re out in Rhiwbina.

As a member of the Environmental Audit Committee in Westminster, I’m working hard with my colleagues to put pressure on the Government to introduce measures that will reduce the amount of plastic we produce in the UK. But in the meantime, making Rhiwbina the first single-use plastic free area in Cardiff is an effective community initiative that can make an immediate difference.

We’ll be officially launching the single-use plastic free Rhiwbina campaign at Snails Deli next month (date to be confirmed) for local business and the community to come together and talk about taking it further!

Please let me know if you’d like more information and if you have any feedback – anna.mcmorrin.mp@parliament.uk and follow www.facebook.com/RhiwbinaAgainstPlastic for updates.

Anna McMorrin MP for Cardiff North