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.



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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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Plastic packaging failing to prevent food waste crisis – new study

Plastics role in avoiding food waste may have been over-estimated. Friends of the Earth Europe and  Zero Waste Europe Brussels, April 10 – A rise in plastic food packaging is failing to reduce Europe’s growing food waste problem, and in … Continue reading

10th Apr 2018
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Fall in plastic bags found in UK seas linked to bag charge

Tough measures still needed to turn tide of plastic pollution

5th Apr 2018
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Government announces bottle deposit scheme

Michael Gove MP has proposed a new scheme which aims to increase the recycling of drinks containers.

28th Mar 2018
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Levenshulme market first stall

The Plastic-Free Takeaways campaign team held their first stall at the Levenshulme market on Saturday the 24th of March. Ali, Lucie, Mirjam and Sébastien all arrived around 10am under a nice sunshine and Ian was an unexpected but appreciated addition … Continue reading

26th Mar 2018
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Tell Easter egg manufacturers to go plastic free

Too many Easter eggs still come wrapped up in excessive plastic packaging. Much of this harmful plastic ends up polluting our environment and threatening our wildlife. But it shouldn’t be up to us to search out the plastic-free alternatives.

20th Mar 2018
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Easter egg firms still failing to crack plastic-free packaging

Too many Easter eggs still contain unnecessary plastic packaging – despite huge public concern about the impact of plastic pollution on wildlife and our environment.

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Consultation: taxes & charges have important role to play in tackling plastic pollution scourge

Ministers must aim to phase-out all but the safest and most essential plastics

13th Mar 2018
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Government response to MPs’ report on disposable coffee cups

Government commitment to tackling coffee cup waste is all froth and little substance

9th Mar 2018
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Starbucks charge on single use cups welcomed

‘Latte levy’ is latest stage in efforts to cut unnecessary plastic Responding to news that Starbucks is to introduce a charge on disposable coffee cups, Julian Kirby, plastic-free campaigner at Friends of the Earth, said:   “A small charge is … Continue reading

26th Feb 2018
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