The final straw?
Brighton & Hove is synonymous with the sea and the beach. It’s our largest area of public realm and is integral to our wellbeing and economy, and something we should be proud of. Every day though, five van loads of litter are removed from the beach by the Council, and much of this is plastic. Alongside the Council, there is a two-person team in the city that is determined to wipe out this blight at source: through the Plastic Free Pledge.
Plastic Free Pledge, started here and now going national and international, was conceived by Hove-based designer Claire Potter and founded with her studio partner, Jake Arney. It has a simple ask of businesses and individuals – to stop using single-use plastic, and in particular, plastic straws. Across the city 68 venues have signed their anti-plastic-straw pledge, from independents, to local chains like Small Batch Coffee, to nationwide franchises, like Jamie’s Italian and Wahaca. Claire and Jake also influenced Brighton & Hove City Council to unanimously approve motions last year... [read more]