EFOE octopus at Brentford Festival of Waste
On 29th July, EFoE joined Brentford Recycling Action Group in Brentford Market Place to host an anti-plastic pollution stall at the Festival of Waste organised by local charity 'The Cathja Barge Project'.
Despite threatening gusts of high wind and intermittent rain, which meant that there were not many crowds, the octopus caused a sensation and we succeeded in collecting two and a half pages of signatures for Friends of the Earth’s petition asking for urgent government action to reduce manufacturers’ and retailers’ production of plastic waste. We were kept busy most of the time talking to people about ways in which we can cut down use of plastic.
One visitor to our stand, brought a plastic bag containing the remains of all the teabags he'd previously composted...a horrible mass of fibrous plastic.It is generally not realized that the more tea you drink in plastic tea bags ( let alone plastic cups ) the more chemicals you imbibe..particularly if you steep twice.
Councillor Guy Lambert
explained that in Hounslow, our recyclable plastic is exported to the