The Glasgow Plastic Free Map is available to download for free following the link below. Discover small businesses that offer plastic free products and sustainable alternatives to plastic. Let's support local businesses!
Also enjoy the beautiful design and illustrations Alice Bellini (https://www.alicebellinicreative.com/) has made of our lovely city of Glasgow for this very first map edition! Can you recognise some of the iconic buildings...?
We are planning to print paper copies very soon and distribute them for free in public places like community spaces, libraries, universities, shops, cafes, pubs, etc. Stay tuned, soon we'll announce where you can get your paper copy!
Get your Glasgow Plastic Free Map!
Why Plastic Free?
Because plastic takes a very long time to breakdown (up to 1000 years), all of humanity’s plastic waste has built up in our environment. Eight million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans each year, choking and poisoning millions of birds, mammals, fish and all other forms of life.
Asides from the killing our wildlife and leaching harmful chemicals into our bodies, plastic also has many other drawbacks. Plastic worldwide is almost entirely made from oil - a fossil fuel. Through buying plastic we directly increase our demand for more oil - over the past century the insatiable quest for oil has led to horrific wars, environmental destruction and the gross violation of human rights.
Shopping Plastic Free
You might want to put together your own re-usable shopping kit.
Here’s an example of what it could look like:
An old rucksack to carry everything
A few cloth bags for dry bulk such as pulses and flour
A couple of paper bags to fill with fresh produce - you can reuse bread and flour bags for those!
A couple glass jars or containers. Make sure you get them weighed and write the weight on the jar before you fill it up in the store and take it to the counter.
Beeswax paper to hold any fresh produce.
You can either buy a lot of one product to achieve economies of scale and reduce the amount of packaging associated with it (for example, buying a 15kg sack of rice rather than 15x1kg of rice), or buy a moderate amount from a vendor that sells produce in bulk format. For example, filling up your own container with jumbo oats that are presented in a large container in the store.