REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has joined MP colleagues from across the UK in pledging to give up plastic for Lent.
The Parliamentarians have each agreed to take part in different single challenges to reduce their own use of plastics during the 40 day run-up to Easter.
Mrs Maclean has promised to use a refillable cup everywhere when she buys a coffee or a tea instead of using disposable ones.
Staff in her office have also pledged not to use plastic sandwich bags and other lunchtime food containers as well as dispensing with plastic straws.
The group of MPs also intend to be on the look-out for products which they consider are ‘overly packaged’ and will encourage supermarkets and producers to reduce packaging altogether.
They will be sharing their experiences using social media using the campaign slogan #GiveUpPlasticForLent.
“Recent television programmes have highlighted the over-use of single-use plastics and I am really pleased to be taking part in this challenge – and when you think about what can easily be given up it’s very enlightening,” said Mrs Maclean.
“The things we are cutting down on may seem small, but if everyone gets on board the total effects will be truly immense.
“Other simple but great ideas include giving up single use water bottles, buying fruit and veg loose, always carrying long-life shopping bags and avoiding the use of plastic cutlery.”