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 a new project to cut plastic use across our town.


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 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.


To keep up with all the 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. Email

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


Plastic Free Lewes – next steps and dates for your diary

Plastic Free Lewes is up and running! Our first Plastic Action workshop on 13 January attracted over 70 people and a similar number is expected at the second workshop on Wednesday 31 January.

At the workshops (pictured), participants have been invited to share the ideas in which they’d most like to get involved to help reduce unnecessary plastic, and tackle plastic pollution, in Lewes.

So far, this has led to the creation of seven ‘Plastic Action’ groups:

  1. Alternative materials – Exploring and promoting what we can use instead of plastic
  2. Drinking water – Cutting the need for disposable water bottles e.g. by establishing a water refill scheme and lobbying for water fountains in town
  3. Education – Raising public awareness of plastic pollution and how we can each tackle it, including by working with local schools and colleges
  4. Lobbying – Working to change legislation at the local, national and international level and pressuring national retail chains to improve their plastic practice
  5. 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’
  6. Recycling – Working to improve plastic recycling services and uptake of them, and demystifying what happens to our plastic rubbish
  7. Supermarkets – lobbying national supermarkets to cut their use of plastic packaging 




Want to get involved?

If you think there are other areas where we should take action on plastic – or you’d like to join one of the groups above, come and get involved!

Plastic Free Lewes will hold monthly meetings to report on progress, share ideas and discuss next steps – and everyone’s welcome to come along. See dates below.

Plastic Free Lewes monthly meeting dates
All meetings take place at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, Lewes:

Wed 28 February
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  

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Plastic Free Lewes Christmas drinks!

Join in on Facebook

To stay in the loop, you can also join the Plastic Free Lewes group on Facebook (and invite friends to join too)




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