Waitrose & Partners has revealed the projects it will be supporting with its unique £1 million grant fund designed to tackle plastic pollution. ‘Plan Plastic – The Million Pound Challenge’ will award money, over one year, to projects to reduce plastic. Working with environmental charity Hubbub, the fund attracted 150 applications, and five organisations have been selected to receive a share. The diverse group of winners, from marine scientists to pioneering charities, all demonstrated innovation in tackling plastic pollution.
The £1 million fund has been raised from the sale of 5p carrier bags, before Waitrose recently removing them from its shops. The five winners will receive funding between £150,000 and £300,000. Blue Marine Foundation prevent fishing gear being lost at sea by attaching it to beacons. Onion Collective & Biohm are building the world’s first community-led bio recycling plant. Plymouth Marine Laboratory are Removing marine microplastics using mussel power. Women’s Environmental Network and City to Sea are promoting plastic-free periods. The Youth Hostel Association are installing 60 refill stations at youth hostels to stop single use plastic bottles.