- Girls in Histon joined Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers and volunteers to launch biggest girl-led movement to tackle plastic pollution
- Girls have made a #PlasticPromise to reduce single-use plastic – and urge others in Histon to join them
- Brownies, with the Histon and Impington Youth Eco Council, planned ‘Eco Fun Fest’ to share with others how they can reduce single-use plastic
Brownies, girls aged 7-10, in Histon joined #PlasticPromise and set up Histon’s first ‘Eco Fun Fest’. #PlasticPromise is the biggest ever girl-led campaign to Girlguiding. The girls wanted an opportunity to tell adults about how to reduce plastic use and how to make their own beeswax wraps.
Eco Fun Fest took place at St Andrew’s Centre on Saturday 16 November 2019, with stalls and activities from Brownies and Guides, along with other groups and the Histon and Impington Youth Eco Council to encourage people to use less plastic.
Activities included making newspaper plant pots and magazine envelopes, learning about the new Terracycle recycling scheme in the village. The Brownies ran a Recycling Champion competition to see who knew most about their kerbside recycling.
An estimated 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the UK every year. That’s almost 5,000 a minute, or 7 million per day. Around 15 million plastic bottles are littered, landfilled or incinerated every day.
Histon Brownies became inspired after joining Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers and volunteers from across the UK during a week of action from 30 September to 6 October. They made a #PlasticPromise therefore committing to a simple but meaningful lifestyle change to help reduce single-use plastic.
Emma, age 8, said, “I really enjoyed the Eco-Fun Fest, especially influencing lots of people to do more recycling.”
Emma and her friends are taking this further. She said, “At my school every lunchtime, we have been collecting empty crisp packets. Then we explain the importance of recycling them with the new Terracycle scheme instead of them going into landfill.”
Girls asked their friends, family, politicians and the public to join them and make a #PlasticPromise. Anyone can make a #PlasticPromise by visiting plasticpromises.co.uk. There are five promises to choose from:
1. Start using a reusable water bottle
2. Start using an alternative to disposable cutlery
3. Start using a reusable box or reusable wrapping instead of clingfilm
4. Start using a reusable coffee cup
5. Stand up and speak out about cutting plastic waste and make big brands listen