Give plastic the red card

The football season has started. Matches generate a lot of plastic waste – cups, bottles, cutlery and more. Friends of the Earth is asking you to take action and show football teams that we don’t want single-use plastic to be part of match days.

Sign the petition 

// asking clubs to pledge to

  • Replace single-use plastic cups for cold drinks with reusables. 
  • Remove or replace (ideally with reusable alternatives) single-use plastic bags, straws, stirrers, sauce sachets, mini milk-cartons and cutlery.  
  • Provide drinking water fountains and refill points. 
  • Constantly review the use of single-use plastic products and eliminate where possible. 


Climate Emergency

 Abolish planned Heathrow Expansion


Plastic micro-fibres

Micro fibres released from washing machines harm the environment


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The solution (the action you can take)

is to purchase online the Guppyfriend Washing Bag


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Micro-fibres: animal impacts

Lab studies have found that microplastics can harm small aquatic organisms that eat them — including plankton,

a hugely important food source for aquatic organisms. These harms include decreased ability to feed and reproduce.

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Creative ideas to reduce plastic waste


Fielding Primary School in West Ealing have introduced several initiatives to cut plastic waste at their fairs, which should inspire others organising similar events.

·        Refreshment stalls charged a pound deposit on reusable cups.

·        Pupils could buy branded water bottles and get access to unlimited tap water and squash.

·        Craft stalls upcycled fabric offcuts and made t-shirts into bags and hairbands.

·        A recycling reward stall encouraged children to bring rubbish and receive school house points, stickers and penny sweets. This also helped to educate them on what can be recycled as they didn’t get rewarded for non-recyclable rubbish.

·        For future events, the school’s looking to reduce waste further by bulk buying eg kegs of beer, cider and soft drinks served from large bottles.


Well done Fielding! For more on this go to




Petition against Pesticides

The natural world is still in serious trouble because of pesticides.

Bees, birds, butterflies and other wildlife are in decline.
Recently Friends of the Earth supporters helped secure a landmark ban on bee-harming neonics.

Now we have a chance to tackle the other pesticides that threaten nature and turn up in our food because the government is writing its new policy on farming.

 Please sign the petition to make sure there's a clear plan to reduce pesticides and make the countryside a safer place for wildlife.



Plastic straws - email cinemas

Big cinema chains, including Cineworld, Odeon and Vue,

throw away tonnes of plastic straws.

They’re among the biggest causes of plastic pollution in the UK,

clogging up landfill and choking our oceans.


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What you can do to cut down on plastic usage



Zero Waste Shopping - how to do it

Zero-waste shopping can mean a number of things: buying articles designed to last,

eg, good-quality T-shirts that last for years rather than cheap ones that lose their shape after a couple of washes;

buying secondhand from charity shops, Ebay, etc, or

obtaining goods from Freecycle, Freegle, etc; and repairing or repurposing items.

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Check Local Pollution Levels

See how polluted your area is right now with this Live Air Quality Data:  

This map shows a pollution "nowcast", which is a service to show current pollution levels in detail across London in comparison with the Government's Air Pollution Index.

It is created by combining readings taken within the last hour and air pollution modelling in London.

 As you zoom into the map you will see which areas are currently experiencing higher pollution levels than others, usually those areas close to busy roads.


Also the BBC provide a “How polluted is your street” website where

you can enter a postcode:


Petition to improve the air quality in Southall

Please sign this petition to improve the air quality in Southall:



Actions you can take: FOE has provided this link for people with a Twitter account :Ask your supermarket to take action on packaging waste


Petition to Ealing Council to divest from fossil Fuel

Please see https://campaigns.gofossilfree .org/petitions/ealing-fossil- fuel-divestment-campaign-1 



To dispose of items containing microbeads: