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Campaign aims to make Rhiwbina the first single-use plastic free community in Cardiff

A campaign to make Rhiwbina the first single-use plastic free community in Cardiff kicked off today (Thursday 22 March).

Cardiff North MP Anna McMorrin and Rhiwbina resident Naomin England visited independent businesses in the village to chat about the benefits and ask if they would like to sign-up.

“It was great to discover that most are already making changes to reduce the amount of plastic they use,” said Anna. “For example, Parson’s Bakery and The Olive Branch have stopped ordering plastic straws, Nest use paper bags, Flower Lodge Florist are aiming to switch from cellophane to wax paper where possible, and Snails Deli offer a free cuppa when you purchase a reusable bamboo coffee cup. These are just some of the initiatives underway.”

The campaign aims to encourage local businesses to become as plastic free as possible and offer suggestions for alternatives. It’s also about the community taking advantage of offers and playing their part, by reusing bags and bringing reusable coffee cups when they’re out in Rhiwbina.

“As a member of the Environmental Audit Committee in Westminster, I’m working hard with my colleagues to put pressure on the Government to introduce measures that will reduce the amount of plastic we produce in the UK,” she added. “But in the meantime, making Rhiwbina the first single-use plastic free area in Cardiff is an effective community initiative that can make an immediate difference.”

There will be an official launch for the single-use plastic free Rhiwbina campaign at Snails Deli next month (date to be confirmed) for local business and the community to come together and talk about taking it further.

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