The recognition has been paid by Plastic Free Sleaford – a movement set up by Roberta Bray, of Ruskington, last year out of frustration at seeing so much waste on a daily basis.
The movement initially took the form of a Facebook group, but later became part of Surfers Against Sewage – a national campaign against single-use plastics.
One of the efforts made by Plastic Free Sleaford is to encourage businesses to become Plastic Free Champions.
Those to have earned the status locally so far are: Watergate Yard, Mother Nature, and Blanchard’s Coffee Shop, all of Sleaford; Busy Bees Early Years and Nature Centre, and Manor Farm Shop, both of Leasingham; Rough Giraffe and Farmer’s Florist, both of Ruskington, and Life Unplastic, an online operation based at Cranwell.
“These businesses have already removed at least three single-use plastic items from their businesses and continue to look for alternatives that move them away from relying on any single-use product,” explained Roberta. “We also have two schools signed up to the campaign and they have been working on ways to encourage less waste, for example by having plastic-free lunch competitions.”
Any businesses interested in becoming a Plastic Free Champion, can learn more by emailing Plastic Free Sleaford on [email protected] or by finding it on Facebook or Twitter.