The Macctastic Eco Network continues to lead the way locally in promoting single-use plastic reduction and improved environmental sustainability for Macclesfield, as local MP, David Rutley, heard first-hand when he met with the group, to review its ongoing work.
David was updated on a number of the important initiatives the group is focused on taking forward. This includes working with several local Cafes on the ‘Refill.org’ initiative – whereby cafes offer free water bottle refills, without obligation to buy anything – and its innovative mug library, whereby local residents can 'loan' a China mug from the group at the regular Treacle Market, returning it later in the day, in an effort to reduce single-use plastic cup use in Macclesfield. The scheme has proved very popular since it was launched earlier this year, with over 200 mugs available to loan for local events.
As well as this, the group is working hard to promote greater local awareness of the changes local residents can make in their day-to-day life to reduce their carbon footprint, with practical information available on their website and social media pages. Their EcoYouth group has participated in the FridaysforFuture movement, and the Network has recently joined up with other local sustainability groups to form the Cheshire East Climate Alliance to provide support for local carbon reduction initiatives.
The group was formerly known as 'Macc-tastic, Less Plastic!' but changed its name recently to reflect its wider environmental and sustainability aims, beyond the very important aim of reducing the amount of single-use plastic waste in and around local communities. Anyone interested in getting involved further with the group's work can contact it through its website at: www.macctastic.org
Speaking after his meeting, David said, "Since its launch last year, Macctastic has made a real difference in highlighting important environmental issues in our local communities and supporting practical action to bring about positive change. It was great to catch up with the group once again and to learn more about its ambitious future plans and ongoing projects. I look forward to continuing to support the work of the group in the months ahead, and hope many more local residents will get involved going forward."