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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Chorlton Brook litter pickin’ in the rain!

Despite the rain we had a depressingly successful litter pick at Chorlton Brook on Saturday clearing away loads of stuff that had been dumped – half of which can be recycled. Continue reading

23rd Mar 2019
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Microplastic pollution widespread in British lakes and rivers – new study

Inland waterways must be routinely monitored for microplastic pollution New research [1] by Bangor University and Friends of the Earth has found microplastic pollution in some of Britain’s most iconic and remote rivers and lakes.

7th Mar 2019
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#DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge: Can you avoid single-use plastic for a day?

People across the UK are being urged to take the #DrasticOnPlastic Timer Challenge and find out how long they can go without using pointless plastic.

7th Feb 2019
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Government Waste Strategy published – Friends of the Earth reaction

The government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, published today, could significantly cut waste and boost recycling, Friends of the Earth said today – but only if clear targets and action are included.

18th Dec 2018
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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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