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. Businesses sign up with Surfers Against Sewage and are guided through how to upload their evidence through their own dashboard.



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.

Embellish Beauty


Embellish Beauty is at The Cross, above the Post Office, here in Cotgrave.


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

  • Reduce and remove plastic products with plastic packaging
  • Change to plastic-free health and beauty products
  • Change to bamboo rather than plastic dishes
  • Glass jars with wooden lids

Sally Bates Education Consultant


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

“I was 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

The Simpler Life zero waste shop in Keyworth


Sarah Davey showed massive support for Plastic Free Cotgrave until she closed in August 2022; she was a major contributor to our first event on Zero Waste Shopping, back in November 2020.

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

Charlotte Thomson Creative Studio


Charlotte Thomson Creative studio specialises in creating body positive artwork for small businesses such as yoga teachers and small studios, pregnancy and birth based businesses and independent authors. Charlotte has removed single-use plastic items such as:

  • Plastic clear-view bags for art prints/greeting cards – now using cellulose compostable envelopes or recyclable paper envelopes.
  • Plastic bubble wrap packaging – using biodegradable packing peanuts and recycled paper packing (mostly re-used from stock orders).
  • Plastic packing tape – now using paper based tapes.
  • Plastic carrier bags for retail events – swapped for paper bags.
  • Plastic packing envelopes – swapped for recyclable cardboard PIP boxes.

The Manvers Arms at Cotgrave


We are delighted that The Manvers Arms are now Community Champions.


The Manvers Arms is very much a Community Pub, running all sorts of events.


They are working hard to remove single-use plastics throughout their business.