Locals are being invited to take direct action against plastic this Sunday (7 July) in the Island’s first ever ‘Plastic Attack’ event.

Over the last year, frustrated locals have been sharing photos of the excessive use of plastic bags and containers in our shops on Facebook and now they are taking it further.

The members plan to meet outside Sainsbury’s in Newport at lunchtime today (Sunday 7 July) in protest to plastics, demanding that supermarkets take urgent action to reduce and recycle their plastic waste.

Campaigner Hollie Fallick has been taking direct action by leaving her single-use plastic at many supermarket checkouts after buying them, she said:

“I have written to the stores and signed petitions but they are still not taking fast enough action to tackle the issue. Recycling rates are improving, but there are real concerns about where our plastic ends up.  Reprocessing of this material uses up valuable energy. We must reuse our containers and reduce our reliance on throw-away packaging”.

The plan coincides with the first ever ‘Plastic Free’ Glastonbury festival taking place this year, with no disposable water bottles permitted on the site.

To join the Plastic Attack, meet at the Sainsbury’s in Newport at 11.30am ready to do some shopping, which will be followed by removing all unnecessary plastic packaging -to leave it with the supermarket to deal with. Supermarkets have the purchasing power to commit to reducing packaging all round.

In addition, July is the global ‘Plastic Free Month’ and you can find out more here.