The eco-conscious and curious in Cornwall’s local community have come together this evening for a unique SustainaFal event, combining interactive talks and practical activities at the Huddle community space in Falmouth.
Developed by students on the Creative Events Management course at Falmouth University, SustainaFal is a community awareness campaign in collaboration with Surfers Against Sewage, local Falmouth schools and Falmouth/Exeter Universities to raise awareness about plastic free initiatives in the local area.
Ellie Kettle from SustainaFal told Truthfal: “The event is intended to be a welcome space for like-minded people, who want to reduce their waste and have better awareness of the impact of the plastic in our environment. It’s a platform for people to learn where they can shop and how to live more sustainably”
In March this year, Falmouth became the third town in Cornwall to be certified Plastic Free after Cornwall Council voted unanimously in favour to support its plastic free initiatives. The status is awarded by environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage to communities that remove single-use plastic items in favour of sustainable alternatives.
Speaking this evening is Hannah Pearce from Un_rap, a plastic free shop soon to be opening in Falmouth town centre. Hannah told Truthfal: “I’m really passionate about cutting down on plastic waste, I don’t think it’s necessary and we should be reusing what we already have, like glass and paper that can be recycled.”
Another focus of the evening is to inspire and educate the community about what can be done to make their everyday lives more environmentally sustainable. Founder of the Falmouth Marine Conservation Group, Meg Hayward-Smith will talk about their work at community level with local schools to promote environmental education, as well as their close collaborations with with Surfers Against Sewage on the successful Refill and No Straw campaigns.
Professional Forager, Matt Vernon from Cornish Wild Food will explore the impact of plastic in local habitats on native wildlife and plants in his talk. Matt told Truthfal: “My aim is to reconnect people with nature, with their food and the environment so they appreciate it in a different way. Plastic pollution is a major issue and I’m here to talk about its impact on beach foraging.”