How to take action on plastic – the best plastic resources to help you

Rarely a week goes by without a damning report on plastic waste or another distressing image of marine life affected by plastic pollution. It can be hard to know how to respond.

For us, a good place to start is with education and understanding. We want our work to make a difference, so beyond the bottle sales, we aim to support you to take action on plastic and speak confidently about what you believe in.

There are so many free, useful resources to help in your plastic-free quest, whether you’re looking to make a difference at home, work or in the community. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best plastic resources to guide and inspire you.

Plastic resources for events and festivals

Making Waves Campaign (PDF): a guide by RAW Foundation for festivals and event organisers to go plastic free, with useful advice, resources and suppliers.

Drastic on Plastic: campaign from RAW Foundation and the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) to encourage independent festivals to eliminate single use plastic on their sites by 2021. Over 60 festivals have made the pledge and the Drastic on Plastic action pack is available for all festivals and events to use as resourse .

BYO Bottle Campaign: engages artists, venues, festivals, and fans to reduce plastic waste in the music industry by promoting reusable water bottles and water refill stations at music events. Visit the website for a range of useful resources and toolkit for artists and venues.

Plastic guides for business – Plastic Hub: interviews, podcasts, webinars and in-depth feature articles – all dedicated to turning the tide on single-use plastics.

WRAP – Roadmap to 2025 – The UK Plastics Pact: a downloadable roadmap for UK businesses on how they can make, use and dispose of plastic.

Plastic-free living guides

Friends of The Earth – Plastic Free Home: a guide on how to reduce your plastic consumption and waste in everyday life at home.

Marine Conservation Society (MSC) – Living Without Plastic: simple steps everyone can take towards going single-use plastic free.

No Plastic Please – A-Z Guide on How to Live a Plastic Free Life: from airplanes and cleaning to groceries and medicine, this handy guide offers tips on all aspects of plastic-free living.

Plastic Pollution Coalition: a range of guides to going plastic-free, from ‘Get started living plastic free’ to ‘The healthy baby guide’ and ‘Plastic Free Towns’.

Plastics research

New Plastic Economy: publishes insights and reports to build momentum towards a plastics system that works, with free downloads on ‘Rethinking the future of plastics’ and ‘Catalysing action’.

Our World in Data: in-depth global analysis of plastics production, disposal and use by different sectors.

Plastic Bottles – Turning back the plastic tide: Government report with useful facts and figures on plastic bottle waste and recycling in the UK.

Everyday Plastic – What we throw away and where it goes: report investigating one person’s personal experiment to keep all the plastic waste he threw away for 12 months.

Campaigns on plastic

City to Sea: a range of campaigns encouraging consumers and businesses to reuse & refill, change to plastic-free periods, be mindful of ‘unflushables’ and more.

Friends of the Earth – plastics campaigning guide: a guide designed to help people who are campaigning against plastic pollution in their local area.

Children and families

Kids Against Plastic: a wide range of resources for children and families who want to learn more about the plastic problem.

Plastic Free Schools: campaign from Surfers Against Sewage to help schools to go plastic-free. Includes advice and resources to get started.

Have we missed any plastic resources that you have found helpful or inspiring? Do tweet us @RAWBottles to let us know!

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