Plastic Free Lewes

Sick of single-use plastic bags, drinking straws and overpackaging? Depressed by stories of plastic pollution in our seas? Want to do something about it? Join Transition Town Lewes and partners in an exciting new project to cut plastic use across our town.


What is Plastic Free Lewes?

Plastic Free Lewes is an initiative by Transition Town Lewes, Depot Cinema, Lewes District Green Party, Lewes Liberal Democrats, Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust, Green Cuisine Trust, the Friday Food Market and Making Lewes.

We want to take forward the ideas that local people most want to get involved in to cut unnecessary plastic use in Lewes and do our bit to tackle this growing global challenge.


The Plastic Action Teams

Following workshops in early 2018, a number of Plastic Action groups have formed to tackle different aspects of the plastic pollution challenge. The groups are:

  1. Alternative materials – Exploring and promoting what we can use instead of plastic
  2. Disposal – Researching the pros and cons of measures such as incineration as an emergency measure to dispose of plastic
  3. Drinking water – Cutting the need for disposable water bottles e.g. by establishing a water refill scheme and lobbying for water fountains in town
  4. Education – Raising public awareness of plastic pollution and how we can each tackle it, including by working with local schools and colleges
  5. Lobbying – Working to change legislation at the local, national and international level and pressuring national retail chains to improve their plastic practice
  6. Produce & local retailers – Supporting local cafes, restaurants and other businesses to help cut their use of plastic, and finding other ways to help consumers buy ‘plastic free’
  7. Recycling – Working to improve plastic recycling services and uptake of them, and demystifying what happens to our plastic rubbish
  8. Supermarkets – Lobbying national supermarkets to cut their use of plastic packaging 

Read about what’s happened so far

If you would like to join one of these groups – or have an ideas for another one – please get in touch via the Plastic Free Lewes Facebook Group or email Plastic Free Lewes’ administration team, and


Monthly progress meetings

Plastic Free Lewes will hold monthly meetings to report on progress, share ideas and discuss next steps – and everyone’s warmly welcome to come along. All meetings take place at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, Lewes:

Sat 17 March
Wed 11 April 
Wed 9 May
Wed 6 June
Wed 18 July
Wed 15 August
Wed 12 September
Wed 24 October
Wed 21 November
Wed 12 December  

10am-1pm (£5/concs available)
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Plastic Free Lewes Christmas drinks!


Keeping in touch 

To keep up with all the very latest activities, join the Plastic Free Lewes Facebook Group

If you have a business or organisation that would like to be a Plastic Free Lewes partner, we’d love to hear from you. Or if you have any questions about Plastic Free Lewes, please get in touch. Email and


Facts about plastic pollution:

• The world is now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.
• Annually approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.
• A plastic bag has an average ‘working life’ of 15 minutes - but could last 500 years.
• 14% of all litter comes from beverage containers.
• Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

Source: Plastic Oceans




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