Since its invention, the production of plastic has been growing almost exponentially. Today, 4 percent of the world’s oil goes directly toward its production, with another 4 percent being used to supply the necessary energy to produce plastic.

That alone makes plastic a material that isn’t particularly environmentally friendly. Furthermore, a lot of plastic is used to make disposable products rather than lasting ones. Half of the 300 million tons of plastic produced each year is used only once.



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All I want for Christmas is to be Plastic-Free !

Manchester Friends of the Earth are inviting people to have a plastic-free festive season this year. The group have produced a colourful Plastic-Free Christmas newsletter packed full with fantastic ideas for top plastic-free swaps, how to shop for a plastic-free … Continue reading

5th Dec 2018
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Toast to 2019: Friends of the Earth’s guide to an eco-friendly New Year’s Eve party

Party season is in full swing, and while Christmas is yet to pass there will certainly be many of us turning our attention to the biggest party of the year – New Year’s Eve.

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Car tyres responsible for thousands of tonnes of UK plastic pollution

Upcoming government waste strategy must act on ‘invisible’ microplastics pollution Car tyres responsible for thousands of tonnes of UK plastic pollution – Friends of the Earth report Up to 19,000 tonnes of microplastic pollution could be entering UK waterways every … Continue reading

22nd Nov 2018
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You are invited to a film screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’

On Tuesday 20th November, Manchester Friends of the Earth invite people to a screening of “A Plastic Ocean” – a film that powerfully presents the problem of plastic pollution. The film shows the devastation caused to our environment and how … Continue reading

16th Nov 2018
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Go plastic-free this Christmas with Friends of the Earth

Christmas will be here before we know it, with some people way ahead of the game when it comes to organising parties and shopping for gifts.

8th Nov 2018

	

Plastic Free GM Petition

Sign our petition for a future free of single-use plastics in Greater Manchester!

30th Sep 2018
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Tell clothing retailers to stop plastic pollution

Plastic is everywhere – even in the clothes we wear. Every time we wash these clothes tiny bits of plastic – called microfibres – escape into our waterways, and eventually our oceans.

18th Sep 2018
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Help Manchester Friends of the Earth * Recycle * Reuse * Raise Money *

Manchester Friends of the Earth have signed up with the Recycling for Good Causes scheme to collect unwanted items and recycle them to raise money for Friends of the Earth.

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Earth Overshoot Day: Our tips for using fewer natural resources

Earth Overshoot Day tracks the date when humanity’s use of natural resources plunges into the red for the year. In 2018 it falls months earlier than in the 1970s. Earth Overshoot Day marks the date each year when humanity has … Continue reading

25th Jul 2018
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Summer of loving the planet: Friends of the Earth’s guide to plastic-free festivals

Hundreds of thousands of us will be heading to festivals this summer. Many festivals have been making commitments to cut down on plastic pollution, but going plastic-free while camping out in a field far from home can be a challenge.

23rd Jul 2018
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