Plastic Free Cotgrave

Reducing single-use plastics


Community Champions


Community Champions are local small or medium sized businesses (SME) in our Plastic Free Community Team


Community Champions take a ‘pledge’ to:

  • Remove at least 3 single-use plastic items from their day-to-day activities.
  • Include something about us in their communications.
  • Help us to raise awareness and to support plastic free activities in Cotgrave.

Because they are working closely in partnership with us, they are able to let their supporters know that they are ‘doing their bit’ for the environment and reducing the massive plastic problems we have – and this is something close to the hearts of many, at present.



Kerry's Fresh


Kerry’s Fresh have pledged to reduce single-use plastics by:

  • Using paper bags in online deliveries.
  • Offering paper bags and encouraging reuse of paper bags at their outlet.
  • Offering customers a cardboard box for groceries instead of a plastic bag.
  • Recycling all the delivery boxes picked up from home delivery customers.
  • Sending home boxes out with as little plastic as possible.

Most of the fresh produce at Kerry’s Fresh arrives in a cardboard box and without plastic.

J C Middlebrook


J C Middlebrook make beautiful lace jewellery and gifts, here in Cotgrave.


To become a Plastic Free Community Champion, Jayne has made these ‘swaps’ in her business:

  • Remove plastic jiffy bags, mailing bags and bubble wrap and replace with ‘green’ Jiffy bags with no plastic, reused cardboard boxes and recycled tissue paper.
  • Remove cellophane greetings card wrappers (no replacement).
  • Replace brown plastic packing tape with paper tape.
  • Replace carrier bags with paper bags.
  • Replace disposable ink cartridges with recyclable cartridges.

Sally Bates Education Consultant


Sally runs her business from home here in Cotgrave. Sally says:

“I’m delighted to be a Champion for Plastic Free Cotgrave. Like all of us I want to do what I can to reduce the amount of single use plastic in my life. Working from home, mainly online, I had initially found it difficult to think of three ways this could happen. With the use of a toolkit I committed to these simple changes:

  • Remove take away drinking containers
  • Use pod free coffee machines
  • Recycle my ink print cartridges
  • Reuse document wallets and ban single use plastic wallets
  • Replace plastic tape with paper tape

Easier than I thought! Have a think about what you could do. Only needs 3 changes to be a Champion!”

The Simpler Life zero waste shop in Keyworth


Sarah Davey has already shown support for Plastic Free Cotgrave, as a major contributor to our first event on Zero Waste Shopping, back in November 2020. The Simpler Life is, of course, a low-plastic business, but Sarah’s successful application shows that there is always something else that a business can do to reduce single-use plastics, such as replacing :

  • Plastic Bags with paper bags
  • Plastic- packaged cleaning products with glass, refillable cleaning products
  • Plastic Packaging and posting materials with reused, paper-based items that come into the shop.

Sunset Cocktails


To join us as Community Champions, Sunset Cocktails in Cotgrave have pledged to reduce single-use plastics by:

  • Swapping out plastic items in production and use glass containers instead
  • Changing their plastic packaging for cardboard boxes with paper inserts
  • Using reinforced paper bags instead of plastic bags