SCI signs the Greater Manchester Plastics Free Pledge

The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) has signed up to the Greater Manchester Plastics Free Pledge (PlasticFreeGM).

With the establishment of PlasticFreeGM, Greater Manchester is the first city-region to ask businesses, organisations and individuals to pledge to take action to reduce avoidable single-use plastics.

PlasticFreeGM works with campaigning partners to provide information and advice to guide more sustainable choices.

As well as signing the pledge, the SCI is already taking a range of other actions to lower our carbon footprint and reduce our impact on the environment.

We also aim to reduce energy use and waste (including e-waste) and to engage in policy-focused research to support Greater Manchester in becoming a more sustainable place to live, work and visit.

"In addition to signing the GM pledge, we in the SCI are committed to minimising the knock-on effects of going 'plastic-free' on staff, such as the extra labour involved in liaising with caterers and the inevitable washing up of durable cups and glasses," says Sherilyn MacGregor, Knowledge Exchange Lead at the SCI.

"We want to make the case that all businesses, including The University of Manchester, should implement socially- as well as environmentally-sustainable plastic-free policies. With our research and knowledge exchange, especially on the themes of circular economy and social inequalities, we are in an excellent position to lead this kind of change."

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