The term ‘Plastic Free’ can be puzzling, even misleading, how can we ever be Plastic Free? The concept of the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities Campaign centres on SINGLE USE plastic such as bottles, bags, coffee cups and straws. Many towns across Dorset have now achieved *single use Plastic Free Status. These towns include; Lyme Regis, Wimborne, Dorchester. Lots of other towns are also making steps to achive the status including Bournemouth, Bridport, Charmouth, Weymouth, Swanage, Blandford, Shaftesbury and Ferndown.

Business Case Studies

Callaways Fish & Chip Shop

Top Tip:

Don’t be put off by the changes involved and don’t be scared to make the change. There are some costs and you have to pass that on but the customer appreciates this and accepts the change.

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Loving By Nature

Top Tip:

Just go for it, it’s not hard. You don’t have to pay more for things if you shop around online.

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Medusa Apothecary

Top Tip:

Analyse everything you do. Undertake research to see how you can change just two things and you’ll find it’s easy to make progress by looking at other elements of your business.

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Get a good design on your products that are right for your market sector. It’s important not to delay in doing anything. Don’t talk about ac.on and then do nothing. Act now.

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The Campaign

This campaign focusses on our culture of using single use, how as a society we have become dependent on the convenience it brings and how we can bring about change by reducing. It encourages rethinking, it explores alternatives and it serves to encourage change. It isn’t about judgement it is about reaching out and having conversations. Litter Free support the SAS initiative because of the community cohesion it brings. Not just in Dorset but with some 500+ towns and cities working towards the status, following the same set of guidelines, it brings about joined up thinking across the country. We believe that unity is the most powerful thing we as the public have, to bring about change.

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Get Involved!

1. Remove 3 single use plastic items

Remove 3 single use plastic items (plastic bags, food packaging, bottles,  straws, containers, cups and cutlery) and/or source alternatives (paper bags, reusable cups & cutlery). For handy tips check out our Toolkits More Info

2. Create a Refill Station

Refill is a practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street. All you need to do is offer free tap water refills to your customers. More Info

3. Make a Boomerang Bag!

Boomerang Bags are bags which are made from recycled fabric and left in shops for other people to borrow and return when they are next in town. There really is no excuse for single use! More info

Plastic Free Dorchester


♻️ In 2019, Dorchester recieved it's Plastic Free Status and to celebrate, the Plastic Free Picnic was organised in the beautiful Borough Gardens. 🏫 Damers First School students started the campaign and now their message is getting out there! With the support of local businesses and communities, Dorchester is leading the way in the attitude towards single use plastic. 🎬 It was an absolute pleasure to capture the event and deliver such an important message.

Posted by Wild White Media on Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Litter Free Dorset supported Dorchester to achieve their plastic free town status – 82 businesses reduced 3 single use plastic items within their operations. The campaign was led by Damers First School and supported by Dorchester Town Council. Damers Eco Crew have run previous campaigns to reduce plastic in their community including the ‘refill’ campaign to encourage people to refill rather than buy a plastic bottle as well as the ‘Waxtastic – no plastic’ campaign to encourage people to not buy plastic clingfilm. At Damers, fruit comes loose in cardboard boxes, milk in reusable glass milk bottles with reusable beakers. Most recently the Damers Crew wrote to Dorset Council to request a single use plastic policy – Litter Free Dorset are on the case!

To sign up to Plastic Free Dorchester, please email Edd Moore (Damers) with your businesses details and what 3 single use plastic items you will be removing or replacing. To support the campaign and find out more visit the Plastic Free Dorchester Facebook Page

Our Target for Plastic Free Dorchester
Buinesses so far part of the Plastic Free campaign
Single use items to be reduced by each business
Buinesses signed up to Refill in Dorchester

We consider every change away from single use plastic, big or small, in homes or in businesses, of huge value and worth celebration. ‘It’s not about removing all plastic from our lives. It’s about kicking our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and changing the system that produces it.’

Plastic Free Wimborne

Our working group partners Wimborne War On Waste led the plastic free campaign in Wimborne and achieved the status in just under 4 months, becoming a Plastic Free Community in September 2018! This encouraged other towns to take on the challenge. Currently there are 16 plastic free champion business signed by to the initiative. There was a Plastic Free Street Party to celebrate the communities success and encourage others to start there own plastic free journeys. Most recently the team have completed a bunting project where recycled fabric was used to adorn the town – plastic free style! Wimborne War On Waste work together with the local community in Wimborne and support all sorts of initiatives that reduce waste and remove single use plastic from our lives.

Check out the Wimborne War On Waste Facebook Page for current Plastic Free projects. Or email the WWoW team to get involved!