The team at PlasticFree are championing Attitude

Plastic-free mineral sunscreens known as Sunly

As we welcome sunnier days our thoughts should also be turning to SPF and daily application against harmful UVA and UVB rays. The team at PlasticFree are championing Attitude, the Canadian beauty brand which has launched a range of plastic-free mineral sunscreens known as Sunly. This line of sun care products are made with non-nano zinc oxide, which creates a reflective barrier on the skin and is considered to be the safest mineral filter by experts. Shop the range HERE.

The team at PlasticFree keep their fingers on the pulse when it comes to innovation in design

PlasticFree, On our radar, Pangaia

The team at PlasticFree keep their fingers on the pulse when it comes to innovation in design. On their radar this month is the material science company Pangaia who have launched Fruit Suit, an oversized blazer and trouser set made from repurposed fruit waste. Made with FRUITFIBRE, a Cotton alternative, the suit fabric consists of 20% banana leaf fibre, sourced from agricultural waste, 20% pineapple leaf fibre, and 60% Bamboo Lyocell. The genderless blazer’s lining is made with 100% Cupronickel Bemberg, a cellulose-based fabric. Fruit Suit is available to pre-order HERE.

Economist’s 11th Annual World Ocean Summit and Expo is taking place in Lisbon

Fish and coral, A Plastic Planet

Save the date! On March 11th – 13th the Economist’s 11th Annual World Ocean Summit and Expo is taking place in Lisbon. Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder of A Plastic Planet + PlasticFree, will be speaking on Rethinking Plastic Reuse at a Systemic Level; bringing the plastic crisis to the heart of oceanic industry and policymakers. The 2024 agenda will focus on ocean health, industry strategies for a sustainable ocean economy, and ocean-climate solutions. The summit will feature more than 200 expert speakers and convene the widest cross-section of the ocean community from business and finance to government, national and international policymakers, civil society and academia. Click HERE to register.

A Plastic Planet – Legislation Works

A Plastic Planet - Legislation Works

The votes are in. The EU has decided to outlaw the use of misleading environmental claims. Terms such as environmentally friendly’, ‘natural’, ‘biodegradable’, ‘eco’, and ‘climate neutral’ will be banned from 2026 unless used alongside quantifiable evidence. This is big news. Incidences of greenwashing increased 35% between 2022 and 2023, according to a report from RepRisk, with a 70% increase seen in the financial services and banking sectors. As ever, the EU is ahead of the curve, cracking down on language that implies planting trees in the rainforest negates the environmental and social impacts of production. As Anna Cavazzini, the Green MEP and chair of the Committee of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection said, “deception is now a thing of the past.” We thank the European Commission for being brave enough to fight it.

Plastic Free is almost one year old

One year of plastic free

Plastic Free is almost one year old, and they couldn’t have done it without you. It’s been a huge 12 months, not only for the team at Plastic Free, but also for the brilliant brands and agencies who have joined the army of change makers. A few highlights from last year:

  • Plastic Free was launched to the world at Parson’s School of Design
  • 32,000 visited plasticfree.com
  • The first regenerative, plastic-free sneaker was designed
  • Launched the world’s first plastic-free technical sportswear

To name just a few! Here’s to 2024.

A Plastic Planet are the cofounders of The Plastic Health Council

Cut plastic production now protest poster - A Plastic Planet

A Plastic Planet are the cofounders of The Plastic Health Council, supporting the expert scientists. During the November UN Global Plastics Treaty negotiations – INC3 in Nairobi, they hosted a significant event attended by delegates, policy makers, industry, scientists and lawyers. The launch of The Health Scientists Global Plastics Treaty – the Treaty expert scientists want to see to protect human health impact from plastic and chemicals – also received attention from the media and over 20 scientists signed an open letter calling for a more robust treaty in support of the Plastic Health Council work. Read more here.

PlasticFree headed to Bangkok for the Global Plastics Summit

Plastic Free Global Plastic Summit

This month PlasticFree headed to Bangkok for the Global Plastics Summit hosted by Economist Impact where global leaders, scientists, policy-makers and change-makers came together to work toward the creation of a robust UN Global Plastics Treaty. Across two days senior leaders discussed the science and came up with solutions to ensure we embed circular materials and design into industry. Back in the UK, A Plastic Planet led a thought-provoking session at the annual Labour Party Conference to stress the importance of a plastics strategy across the UK.

Over September PlasticFree joined forces with design consultancy Omse

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Over September PlasticFree joined forces with London design consultancy Omse to create a world-first exhibition for London Design Festival 2023. In the last six years, we’ve taken more natural resources than the entire 20th century. The next six years is all we have to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Time is running out. And now, in our planetary climate crisis, we need creatives more than ever. TIME IS RUNNING OUT is an exhibition that aims to challenge the way we consume everything, including time itself, and empower creatives to use their skills to create change. 24 clocks will be on display, made in collaboration with pioneering material makers, acclaimed artists, designers, architects, and change-makers, to illustrate what is possible. Click HERE to view the artworks.

PlasticFree is taking part in the London Design Festival

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

On September 16 – 24th PlasticFree is taking part in the London Design Festival in partnership with OMSE Studio. Titled ‘Time is Running Out’, the exhibition, hosted at One Hundred Shoreditch, will feature 24 clocks, designed by 24 creators, made with 100% plastic-free materials. Designed in collaboration with pioneering material makers, acclaimed artists, creatives, architects, and change-makers, the exhibition illustrates what is possible today, and was born out of the urgency to mobilise the global creative industry to drive positive change through more conscious practice.

Earth Overshoot Day 2023

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

In anticipation of Earth Overshoot Day 2023 this Wednesday Plastic Free will be broadcasting a powerful message of hope and possibility, calling on the creative industry to design differently. Earth Overshoot Day falls on 2nd of August and marks the day in the year where we have used up all the natural resources that the earth can replenish in a year. In other words, from this day forward, we’re borrowing natural resources that is not ours. The campaign is a reminder that the solutions are already here.