Plastic Free Bearsted gains its first business champion

Bearsted Climate Action Network were delighted to present the Village’s first Plastic Free Champion Award to The Yeoman Pub, on the Ashford Road, Bearsted.


To qualify for the Award the owner Vinni Maka and his Team made three simple changes to swap out single use plastic for more sustainable food packaging; plastic water bottles were replaced with glass, takeaway food containers are now cardboard or foil and plastic cutlery and plates used on buffets have gone, being replaced by the Pub’s own cutlery and crockery in total saving nearly 1000 plastic items from recycling, landfill or incineration every month.

On receiving the Award Vinni said “We are proud to have received the Plastic Free Communities, Business Champion Award. It is important to us to do our part in reducing the huge amount of plastic waste that we all create and help protect our environment. We hope that our efforts will inspire others to make similar changes.”

Bearsted Climate Action Network signed up to Plastic Free Communities last year out of concern about the colossal amount of single use plastic we all use in our home, work and social lives.

“This initiative is not about banning plastic, some plastics are necessary and beneficial to us, but is about raising awareness about the amount we all use every day and encouraging everyone in our community to take simple steps, like using re-usable water bottles, buying unwrapped fruit and vegetables and replacing clingfilm with non-plastic food wrapping, to reduce their consumption of single use plastic,” says Jane Heeley of Bearsted CAN.

Recycling plastic can be difficult and energy consuming, so it is much better to replace it with re-usable items or non-plastic options. We have all changed our habits with plastic shopping bags, let’s all go a bit further with other items wrapped in plastic like fruit and vegetables.

Bearsted CAN is a community group, bringing together like-minded people from Bearsted and the surrounding area who want to work together to face the Climate and Ecological Emergency. There is something for everyone – wild life gardening, speaker events, recycling, tree planting, litter picking, working with schools and youth groups and plastic free communities. The climate and ecological emergency is a huge challenge in every aspect of our society and it’s happening right now. It can feel overwhelming but we can start where we are – working together where we live – think global and act local.


If you are interested in finding out more or coming along to one of our meetings check us out on Facebook or Instagram – Bearsted CAN, look at our website – or email us at [email protected]

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