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.

Recognising that littering and ocean plastic pollution are urgent problems, our campaign Plastic-Free Takeaways asks take-away businesses in Levenshulme to stop using plastic food and drinks containers and cutlery, and instead offer compostable eco-friendly alternatives.



Events

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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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Plastic Free GM Petition

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

25th Aug 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.

15th Aug 2018

	

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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Revealed: Unreported and harmful emissions from incinerators across England (UK Without Incineration Network)

Harmful emissions from incinerators are going unreported says new research which highlights serious public health failings. Copies of the full report can be read here: http://ukwin.org.uk/bin from 10:30am today 

17th Jul 2018
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World Oceans Day – help turn the tide of plastic pollution

People are being urged to mark World Oceans Day today [8 June] by helping to reduce the tsunami of plastic waste pouring into our seas.

8th Jun 2018
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UK Plastics Pact launched

Friends of the Earth plastics campaigner Julian Kirby reacting to today’s launch of the UK Plastics Pact – a commitment by 42 businesses to tackle plastic pollution.

26th Apr 2018
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Fashion Forward: A Sustainable Fashion Fair for Manchester

Young Friends of the Earth Manchester are holding their first ever event, a sustainable fashion fair, on Saturday 28th April from 12 noon until 4pm. The event aims to bring people together to help them understand how fast fashion can … Continue reading

25th Apr 2018
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Plastic straws and cotton buds could be banned

Friends of the Earth responds to news that the government could ban plastic straws and cotton buds in England

19th Apr 2018
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