Guides in Girlguiding Lancashire South County join #plasticpromise, the UK’s biggest ever girl-led campaign to tackle plastic pollution

Girlguiding Lancashire South County join forces with Mitie to make their #PlasticPromise

Girls from Girlguiding Lancashire South joined Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers and volunteers from across the UK during a week of action from 30 September until 6 October. They made a #PlasticPromise, committing to a simple but meaningful lifestyle change to help reduce single-use plastic.

As well as making a #PlasticPromise, Girlguiding Lancashire South held a plastic themed event, for 40 guides and their adult volunteers. The event, supported by leading facilities management business, Mitie, aimed to increase awareness about the effects of plastic and how it can be reused. Manchester Airport kindly provided a 1100-litre wheelie bin, full to the brim with plastic that the girls could get creative with.

Prior to the event, Girlguiding units sent in videos for a Dragon’s Den themed competition, pitching their ideas to sell products in a zero-waste pop-up shop, while remaining conscious of plastic pollution and plastic waste.

6th Aspull St Elizabeth’s Guides pitched to sell beauty bars and bath bombs in reusable fabric bags, as opposed to soap commonly sold in plastic packaging, while 1st Wigan Guides presented their idea of dry cake mix using reusable glass jars. Meanwhile, 4th Wigan Guides pitched to sell reusable glass candle holders.

During the event, these videos were presented and a winner was selected by a panel, including sustainability experts from the Mitie Waste team. 6th Aspull St Elizabeth’s Guides were thrilled to win the competition and to receive an environmentally-friendly pencil case filled with goodies. Soon, they will participate in a zero-waste stall at the local Wigan market.

In the final part of the day, Guides used the plastic and plastic-free craft items to show their creativity, while showing why protecting the planet matters. The girls transformed plastic waste into sculptures of animals that they want to protect from plastic pollution.

The day ended with the girls receiving their certificate and county ‘acting on plastic’ badge. Rainbow leader, Lauren, exercised her graphic design skills by creating Girlguiding Lancashire South’s very own, ‘acting on plastic’ challenge pack and badge in conjunction with Mitie, for girls who couldn’t attend the event to participate in within their unit meetings.

Michael Taylor, Managing Director, Waste, Specialist Services, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the Girlguiding Lancashire South’s Guides to create the Acting on Plastics badge. The creativity and enthusiasm in the group was exceptional and it was an honour to help inspire what are sure to be the sustainability leaders of the future.”

Elaine Disley, County Commissioner of Girlguiding Lancashire South County, said: “We are thrilled to have worked with Mitie to inform girls about the effects of plastic on the planet and to empower them to take action and protect our environment for a better future. The day was a huge success – so much so, that we will be making it an annual collaborative event with Mitie”

Holly, 11, 9th Wigan West Guides, said: “I enjoyed learning all about plastic waste and how it affects the world that we live in. My favourite part of the day was making our plastic jellyfish”.

Abigal, 12, 9th Wigan West Guides, said: “The event brought lots of Guides together and was educational and fun”.

Girlguiding Lancashire South County look forward to working with Mitie over the next year, to deliver another event themed around protecting the planet.

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