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Final Straw Foundation Run a Successful Plastic Free Day 2024

by Hannah Cooper 4 Jun 08:17 BST 8 May 2024
Plastic Free Day 2024 © Final Straw Foundation

Every year Final Straw Foundation holds a Plastic-Free Day, serendipitously timed to coincide with the birthday of environmental legend, Sir David Attenborough. It is a day to evaluate how much plastic we use and a chance to reflect on how we can reduce our dependence on it.

This year, almost 9,500 students and individuals took part, including schools signing up to hold large-scale events, businesses registering to encourage their staff to cut back on their plastic consumption and individuals joining in just to change one little thing about their habits to reduce how much plastic they use.

Plastic-Free Day was perhaps more significant than ever this year when you consider the results from The Big Plastic Count. Organised by Greenpeace and Everyday Plastic, The Big Plastic Count investigates how much plastic is being used and disposed of in UK households, to gather evidence that will push the government to take bold action on plastic.

The results revealed that in the UK, we are estimated to throw away 1.7 billion pieces of plastic a week, equating to a staggering 90 billion pieces a year. Many of these items are single-use food packaging, like crisp and snack bags, and trays containing fruits and vegetables. This means that the UK tops the global charts for plastic waste per person, second only to the USA.

We hope that by bringing awareness to the impact plastic has on our environment and encouraging people to get involved in initiatives like Plastic-Free Day, more and more people will feel empowered to embrace plastic-free alternatives such as reusable water bottles & coffee cups, wax wraps and tote bags. If everyone made just one or two small changes to reduce their plastic consumption, together we could make a huge difference to the planet!

If you would like to get involved in Plastic-Free Day in 2025, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn @finalstrawfoundation where we will post information and updates about next year's event. Or see our website: