#PlasticPromise was our first Future Girl campaign, launched in 2019
#PlasticPromise was our first Future Girl campaign.
This huge girl-led campaign to tackle plastic pollution was launched in September 2019 and supported by science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin and expert environmental charity Recycle Now.
An estimated 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away in the UK every year. That’s almost 5,000 a minute, or 7 million per day. Girls told us they’re worried about the damage this does to the planet and the animals we share it with.
In response, we took action to motivate people to recycle more and use less single-use plastic.
We campaigned for people to make their own #PlasticPromise to make a small but meaningful change to their lifestyle and we told governments to listen to girls’ voices when creating environmental policies, including plans for a deposit return scheme.
113,668 people joined us in making a promise to reduce plastic waste in their lives. And over 100,000 girls across the UK and beyond joined our first Future Girl Acts week – taking part in a special unit meeting activity, writing to their MPs and spreading the word about reducing plastic use.
I made a turtle because I’m worried about how much plastic is in the sea. Animals shouldn’t die because of our rubbish. – Hannah, Guide
We’re committed to protecting the planet from plastic, and made our own #PlasticPromise to become more environmentally friendly in everything we do.
We're continuing to talk to the Government. We want them to listen to girls’ views when they decide how a deposit return scheme for plastic containers will be set up, to make sure it’s child and young people friendly. We’ll share our progress on social media, follow @Girlguiding for updates.
Take a look at what Girlguiding members have been doing to protect our planet as a part of this campaign – and get inspired to take action.