Lyme shortlisted for prestigious plastic free award

PLASTIC Free Lyme Regis has been shortlisted for a prestigious prize at the Plastic Free Awards.

From 850 entries, Lyme Regis has reached the final three in the Plastic Free Communities category, along with Penzance and Anglesey, and will now go to the finals.

The Plastic Free Awards is a new environmental awards event, celebrating innovation and activism tackling avoidable, single-use plastics. The inaugural awards ceremony, organised by Surfers Against Sewage and Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation, will take place on Thursday, November 21 at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Grenville Barr, chairman of Plastic Free Lyme Regis, commented: “We are thrilled to have got this far and it shows how just how far Lyme Regis’s community have come and what it is has achieved.”

Plastic Free Lyme Regis is a sub-group of environmental organisation Turn Lyme Green and gained Plastic Free Communities status for Lyme Regis from national charity Surfers Against Sewage in June 2018.

The group works with the town council, local businesses and residents towards reducing single use plastic and making our community more environmentally sustainable.

POP UP Sustainable event this weekend

To celebrate all Lyme Regis has been doing to make the community more sustainable, special event POP UP Sustainable Lyme Regis will be taking place this weekend, open from 11am to 4pm Friday, October 25 to Monday, October 28 at the Town Mill Malthouse.

This will include exhibitions where visitors can see of all the posters entered by local schools to support the new Boomerang Bag scheme, launching on Friday, as well as the bags made by the Woodroffe School pupils.

There will also be an opportunity to find out how local businesses are tackling plastic waste.

Workshops will include printing ‘Rethink, Reuse, Respect’ T-shirts (Friday) with 10 by 8 Studio at 11am and 2pm, costing £15 for a 90-minute session; ‘Sew Sustainable’ (Saturday), a free workshop where you can find out how easy it is to make a Boomerang Bag; and ‘Cut Out Plastic in Lunchboxes’ (Monday) with tasty treats and activities run by Warsup from 11.30am to 1pm, costing £6 per adult and free for accompanied under 12s.

Mr Barr commented: “Anyone can come and pick up lots of ideas and easy tips to reduce your plastic use.”

Booking is necessary for paid workshops – call 01297 446066 or email

For more information on Plastic Free Lyme Regis visit

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