1 January 2019
January and May 2019 ongoing – Lobbying for new laws on plastic waste exports
We successfully table an Early Day Motion in Westminster, supported by 40 cross party MPs, asking for an outright ban on the export of our UK plastic waste to developing countries. We support CIEL and Norway in the proposed amendment to the Basel Convention, adding plastic to the list of toxic materials to be controlled when exported. Despite pushback from USA and fossil fuel industry, the amendment is voted through – a significant win.
1 October 2018
October 2018 ongoing – Tax Plastic – Demanding a true price for plastic
After meeting with The Treasury to present our proposal for a tax on virgin plastic to create a true price for this highly subsidised material, we influence the UK Autumn Budget with the first prosed plastic tax. Now under consultation, we continue to push for a tax on all plastic to ensure a level playing field for all materials is established.
1 August 2018
August 2018 – Feb 19 The Plastic Free Aisle continues to win awards
Our Plastic Free Aisle is awarded International Campaign of the Year, becomes a finalist in the Fast Company innovation awards and is shortlisted in the Design Museum Beazley Awards, showcasing the best use of creativity for 2018. The Plastic Free Aisle is subsequently requested for an appearance in New York at the DTI Great Britain exhibition.
5 June 2018
June 5th 2018 – The World’s first One Plastic Free Day
On World Environment Day 2018, we created the first One Plastic Free Day, reaching 1/4 bn people worldwide on June 5th, supported by Sky, TimeOut and United Nations. One Plastic Free Day gives the whole world a chance to be heard as we all demand faster change from Governments and industry. This year, 2019, we will reach 1 billion across the globe, building the biggest ever plastic survey picture.
1 June 2018
June 2018 – Launching the first Plastic Free Consumer Trust Mark
Launched the Plastic Free Consumer Trust Mark. This Trust Mark sits proudly on the front of packaging that is certified to be 99% plastic free. 100 brands and businesses such as Teapigs and Percol Coffee are currently applying for this Trust Mark, giving their customers the choice to buy plastic free and guilt free.
1 February 2018
February 2018 – Opened the World’s First Plastic Free Aisle
With 134 media interviews (55 in one day), a pop-up aisle in Ekoplaza, Amsterdam takes the media world by storm as a symbol of hope for all of us. The Plastic Free Aisle demonstrates that change can happen today – not in 10 year’s time. This first Aisle has now been rolled out throughout Ekoplaza’s 80+ stores throughout the Netherlands, with substantial increases in the plastic free selection throughout the stores.