There is no evidence that supermarkets are reducing plastic output (as they claim). It seems that this will only happen when their customers show them their profit lies in plastic free

1.  Plastic milk cartons, sold in their thousands from supermarket shelves, are a massive over use of plastic and a big problem for recycling.

Option 1.  Mr. Bull, the milkman, from Collemwold Dairy’s, does glass bottle, door step delivery’s in Ludlow 5 days a week. His Tel No is 01584876625.

Option 2.  Teme Valley Dairies also deliver doorstep milk 3 days a week but may go to six if demand keeps rising. Tel No. 01584811857

Option 3.  Health Food Shop Myriads, Also sell glass bottled milk. You can buy and return as needed.

2.  If you do shop in Supermarkets, try to buy the fruit and vegetables not wrapped in plastic.  If you simply must buy something wrapped in plastic, remove the plastic at the checkout.  No questions are asked, the sky dose not fall in, but it sends the message that we don’t want this stuff. Better still shop up in the town where you have shops that are trying to go plastic free. This is slow but going in the right direction. 


We manufacture 5,000,000 tons of plastic-every year.  Half of that we only use once - sometimes only for a few seconds.  The result is plastic waste now covering our planet like a disease.

1.  First you must know that Biodegradable plastic is not the way forward.  It only breaks down into tiny particles, called micro plastics which are dangerous to our health and the health of the planet.


2.  Plastic water bottles are one of our great plastic problems.  If you are a user, buy a metal drinking bottle and take your water from the tap. 

3,  House hold wipes.  You may think these are made of paper but I fact they are made of plastic.  Try to tear them and you will be surprised

4.  Plastic straws, don’t be a sucker!

5.  Don’t buy your wash basen soap in a plastic dispenser,  buy a bar of soap.  You can also buy bars of soap that double as a shampoo.


6.  And of course always go out shopping with a multi-use shopping bag.  Hessian bags are best for the environment.  Plastic bags should never be used.

7.  Don’t use plastic cotten buds use wooden, or better still paper.


8.  Don't use plastic cutlery, use metal or wood and wash it up.

9. Don't buy your cooking herbs wrapped in plastic, buy pots of herbs and look after them. Compostable pots are on the way!

10. Poo bags are becoming a big problem, popular country walks have poo bags hanging on hedges and chucked on the grass. At least the poo will decompose, the plastic will not.



Although biodegradable

plastic products do eventually break down, this takes a very considerable period of time and the chemicals remain in our soil and seas forever. 


We are led to believe that if we throw away plastic in the recycling bin this material will be recycled. Sadly only 9% is actually recycled. The rest goes into land fill, often in poorer countries such as Malaysia, where tragically, miles of plastics, piled many feet high, slowly decompose polluting their soil and waterways.



Only compostable plastics are environment friendly. These are made only from vegetable matter, such as potato starch, mushrooms, and (most recently) grass. Compostable plastics can be made into carrier bags or food wrapping, and eventually many other products. This can be thrown in the compost bin where they quickly decompose, leaving no chemical traces, simply returning to the soil.






The plastics problem is reaching crisis point. Ordinary plastics eventually break down into tiny particles (micro plastics), which attract toxins that can cause all manner of disease in humans.

Until now the oceans have diluted them, reducing the harm that they cause. UNTIL NOW.

These plastic particles are now being ingested by marine animals, passing up the food chain like miniature time bombs and the outcome for us, at the top of the food chain, will eventually be catastrophic.


More than 500 towns have signed up to go PLASTIC FREE, including bishops Castle, Penzance, Whitstable, Lyme Regis, many of which have already become plastic free.

Lets join these towns in making Ludlow plastic free!



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