Networking event to teach businesses how to be part of plastic-free vision for Weston

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 12 June 2018

Tourism Manager Caroline Darlington and Marketing Officer Ellie Allen-Somers with the new bottles.

Tourism Manager Caroline Darlington and Marketing Officer Ellie Allen-Somers with the new bottles.


Businesses are invited to a networking event to hear solutions to plastic pollution and how they can help the environment.

A free event has been organised to help businesses get involved in the plastic-free movement.

The Mercury launched its Cleaner Coastlines campaign alongside Weston Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council to achieve plastic-free coastline status for Weston.

With the support of schools, businesses and community groups, the campaign is close to hitting its targets to achieve the accreditation.

The event, which will take place at the Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street, will show firms how they can get involved.

MORE: The Mercury was recognised at the regional press awards for the campaign.

Event organiser Becky Walsh said: “Many businesses in Weston are already getting involved with the plastic-free beach award efforts.

“We want to show businesses they are not alone if they want to switch their buying choices.

“We will prove people are growing ever more conscious of the impact of plastic on the planet and tourists will vote with their money and their feet if Weston doesn’t have greener alternatives, fewer overflowing bins and clean beaches.

“The event will be enjoyable, educational and practically useful rather than depressing, dry, guilt-ridden talks and photos of turtles in beer rings.”

Talks will be given by Michelle Cassar, the creative director of City To Sea who will give real-life examples about the impact businesses can have on preventing plastic pollution – and how to be part of the wave of change.

Mercury reporter Sarah Robinson and Debbie Apted, from the chamber of commerce, will speak about Surfers Against Sewage’s plastic-free accreditation, and how businesses can take part.

Other speakers will include a representative from the Regency Purchasing Group, who will talk about group buying, media presenter Becky Walsh who has marketing expertise, and Caroline Darlington, who will talk about being a partner of Love Weston.

The event will take place on June 28 at 7pm, starting with live music and networking in the bar. Join the Cleaner Coastlines Facebook group here.

To register for a place, visit and search for ‘Weston’s less plastic solutions’.

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