Plastic Free Overton - a feasible reality?

The overuse of plastic is something none of us can ignore,  especially when David Attenborough implores you to do something about it.

Overton resident, Holly Foat, is currently working with Surfers Against Sewage, as a community leader, to publicise their 'plastic free communities' campaign.

She would like to see Overton become a plastic free village, committed to ditching single use plastic and making a concerted effort to ensure alternatives are readily available.

Holly has already received approval from the Overton Parish Council, who are fully onboard, and now she is keen to invite businesses to get involved with the campaign, as well as local community groups. The main objective is to get owners and organisers to commit to removing at least three single use plastic items and replace them with sustainable alternatives. It doesn't have to be expensive or difficult. Litter picks and other events will also be organised to encourage a clean, tidy and pleasant place to live for all.

If enough businesses and groups will commit, Overton can apply for 'Plastic Free Status'. This will be great not only environmentally but for publicity, encouraging press and media coverage, as well as tourism.

We are plastic bag free already, after a very successful campaign 11 years ago, so there is no reason not to take this one step further.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Holly Foat on: and to find all updates and related posts, search #PlasticFreeOverton on Facebook.

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