Highlights so far: Great British Plastics Challenge

3 July 2018

This summer, we’ve teamed up with Business in the Community (BITC) and the Environment Agency to inspire young people to take action about plastic waste through a series of school talks and a national #PlasticsChallenge!

Over 30 leading figures from top organisations including Unilever, Sainsbury’s, Iceland, Keep Britain Tidy, WWF and more will be speaking in schools across the country about this issue, what their organisation is doing to tackle the problem as well as ways in which young people can get involved too to make a difference to plastics pollution.

Check out the highlights from the campaign so far…and be sure to see how you can take part below!

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency

Kicking off the campaign on World Ocean’s Day was the chair of the Environment Agency, Emma Howard Boyd. Emma travelled to Bude in Cornwall to speak to students at Budehaven Community School about plastics pollution, the Environment Agency and actions we can take to protect the environment.





Roz Savage MBE, Ocean Rower, Author and Speaker 

Roz Savage gave an insightful and interesting perspective on plastic waste to students at The Bishop Wand Church of England School in Surrey. The first female to row solo across three oceans, Roz described the Great North Pacific Rubbish Dump, a huge gyre in the middle of the ocean which whips up plastic debris from across the world.

Roz also shared the steps she takes to try and reduce plastic pollution including using a metal bottle, metal straw and canvas bag.

What do you think Roz pledged to do for the #PlasticsChallenge? Find out below:


Judith Batchelar, Head of Brand at Sainsbury’s

Last week, we went along to Judith Batchelar’s talk at Blessed Hugh Faringdon School, Reading. As a signatory of the UK Plastics Pact, Sainsbury’s along with the 80+ other organisations are striving to ensure that 100% of its plastics packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable.




Following the talk, we heard from two students about what they’d pledged to do for the #PlasticsChallenge:


Thank you Emma Howard Boyd, Roz Savage and Judith Batchelar for giving such fantastic talks, and thank you to the schools for hosting these speakers.

We would also like to say a big thanks to all the speakers who have spoken as part of the campaign so far including Robert Swannell CBE, Hugo Tagholm, Dr Zoe Laughlin, Niall Dunne and Tim Farron. Looking forward to hearing from our other campaign speakers over the coming weeks!


Take part in the #PlasticsChallenge

Don’t forget, you can take part in the #PlasticsChallenge too. Find out more information about the challenge here

The challenges:


You can also follow the #PlasticsChallenge and campaign on Twitter and Instagram!