Not Socks Again

Gifts with a Difference!

Plastic Free Penarth

Helen Turner

Last week, we were excited to be invited to the Plastic Free Penarth event at the pier pavillion. Businesses and organisations in Penarth have been working hard to reduce their single use plastics and, those who had successfully demonstrated 3 ways in which they had done this, were awarded with certificates from marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage, presented by Colin Jackson.

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[Photo: Shop owner John receiving Not Socks Again’s certificate!]

Since Not Socks Again began in 2016, we have looked at ways that we can reduce the impact that we have on the environment and in the last year we have:

  • given preference to suppliers who are local and/or offer recycled or biodegradable packaging options;

  • introduced reusable jute shopping bags in addition to our usual paper bags and changed our previous plastic carrier bags to a biodegradable version (which we offer customers for heavy items or if the weather is especially bad as paper bags don’t tend to survive for long in the rain!);

  • offered a range of reusable items for sale, such as travel mugs, water bottles, shopping bags (and holders for them too!) and thermal flasks;

  • replaced any plastic straws with reusable or paper versions;

  • arranged to give excess packaging materials from our suppliers to a local card designer who then reuses it for packing her own orders.

We know that these are very small steps to attempt to tackle a vast problem but we’re pleased to have made a start and plan to continue looking into new ways that we can improve. If you have suggestions, please let us know and congratulations to all of the businesses who were recognised!