Cath’s on a mission to help us all cut back on plastics

March 03 2018

IT’S one of the hottest topics in the country today: not Brexit, equal pay or the UK’s economy but the issue of single-use plastics.

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IT’S one of the hottest topics in the country today: not Brexit, equal pay or the UK’s economy but the issue of single-use plastics.

These are products that are used once and then discarded, such as water bottles, plastic cups, straws, take-away coffee cups, stirrers and most food packaging.

Whether our plastic waste ends up in landfill, our countryside, our streets, our beaches or the sea, it can have a catastrophic effect on our wildlife, birds and marine life, as the BBC’s Blue Planet II showed.

The Queen is supporting efforts to reduce single-use plastics on royal estates and the Church of England has urged Christians to give them up during Lent.

But, as individuals, can we really do our bit to tackle such a massive environmental threat? One Fishponds woman believes we can. Cath Moore felt so strongly about what we are doing to our planet that she made it her mission to replace single-use plastics in her home. 

Cath has launched a website - www.theplasticfreeshop.co.uk - after spending the past year sourcing ethical and sustainable alternatives to everyday items, such as toothbrushes, utensils and lunch boxes.

“The products at The Plastic Free Shop are a result of my own journey and quest to have a life with less plastic,” Cath said.

“People can be assured that I’ve done my research and tested the products. I try to be as open as possible and give a good description of each product.”

The 54-year-old operates the business from her home in Brook Road, even offering the chance to collect items from her at pre-arranged times to cut down on packaging costs and waste.

Single-use plastics is a subject Cath feels passionate about.

“My brother is a conservation photographer and does a lot of work with the Oceanic Society and the Plastic Pollution Coalition and went off on a think tank with scientists and conservationists. He came back with a film and when I watched it, I felt really emotional.It was a real shock to my system and I thought I need to do something.”

She added: “It’s easier than you may think to make simple changes to daily habits and around the home which will reduce the amount of plastic and waste.”