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Plastic Free Champions

Artizans

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They wanted to create a shop where you can find something a little different and unexpected. A range of high-quality design and handcrafted products sourced from across the globe and independent designers. They also showcase collections from small creative businesses alongside ethical artisan enterprises. And discover our Fair Trade ranges too. 

Pledges:

  • No plastic bags (only paper bags available) plus no plastic packaging.

  • Sharon has stopped using some suppliers because they used too much plastic when sending stock (she has spoken too many to raise the issue with them too). 

  • There is a refill bar (shampoo, conditioner, bodywash, washing up liquid etc) where people can refill their own containers · Original packing materials are reused

Getting in touch

Hair by Kayleigh

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An experienced mobile hairstylist, based in Overton, Hampshire. Guaranteed friendly and professional service.

Pledges:

  • Encourage customers to buy their own reusable gown, rather than using disposable gowns. These used to be provided and then washed, but Covid restrictions meant that each customer needed their own and I didn’t want to use that many disposable aprons. I sourced these for people or shared a link to make it easy.

  • All of my hair care products are bought in bulk and then decanted into smaller bottles to take with me out and about.

  • I use refillable cleaning products for any cleaning done in my home salon, which has of course increased with the Covid guidance. 

Getting in touch

Jo South Artworks

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Jo is an artist who loves to paint scenes with a sense of nostalgia about them - with pictures that tell a story, encapsulate happy times and memories. Many of her pictures are of Overton and around, though Jo also takes commissions.

Pledges:

  • I recycle packaging, use paper and not bubble wrap in packaging where appropriate. I post prints in cardboard tubes or flat pack.   The tubes are returned to me by local buyers directly or via Overton Gallery for reuse.   It’s a really good system!

  • I use paper bags not carrier bags for customers

  • I am using washi tape where I can now too!

  • Most product packaging is paper or tied with string.  Tea towels have a paper collar. Cards are tied with string, Coasters have no packaging

  • I strive to recycle, share and reuse as much as possible with other local companies, to support everyone to reduce their plastic and packaging use.

Getting in touch

Laverstoke and Freefolk Parish Council

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Laverstoke and Freefolk is one of 51 parishes that make up the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in the county of Hampshire

Pledges:

  • Cleaning solutions that re-use spray bottles

  • Buying loo rolls without plastic covering or bulk buying recycled loo rolls

  • Changing hiring Ts and Cs to say no single-use plastics to be used in the hall

Getting in touch

The Little Yoga Company

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Fun, dynamic and colourful yoga classes and parties in Hampshire for families, toddlers and children aged 2 to 12 years.

Pledges

  • Refill and reuse all cleaning bottles 

  • Refill and reuse hand sanitiser bottles

  • Refill and reuse mat cleaner (eco-friendly product)

  • All packaging of any products ordered will be reused or recycled, and where possible will be from companies with a bit of an eco-conscience.

Getting in touch

Renasci Design

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A shop with a fusion of painted furniture and handmade & crafted items.

Official Stockist of Frenchic® Furniture Paint

Pledges:

  • Uses paper bags 

  • Uses second hand bubble wrap / packaging for postal orders 

  • Looks for suppliers who don't use plastic wrapping, e.g. greetings cards 

  • Encourages suppliers who do use single use plastic in their products to change Upcycles furniture, saving it from landfill, and also sells products and holds workshops to encourage others to do the same.

  • Naked cards. 

Getting in touch

Sole & Heal Reflexology

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Sole & Heal Reflexology based in Overton, North Hampshire provides mobile complimentary therapy services for clients within the comfort of their own home.

Pledges:

  • No more wet wipes. Instead using washable muslin cloths

  • Changed laundry to SMOL for towels, muslin & uniform as no plastic packaging

  • Buying cardboard refils of reflexiology wax.

Getting in touch

St Mary's Hall, Overton

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St Mary’s Hall was built in 1914,originally owned and maintained by St Mary’s Church and over the years has been used for many things including a library and baby clinic as well as for dances and a meeting place for clubs and societies. It is on situated on Overton high streets

Pledges:

  • Providing reusable cutlery, crockery for hirers to use. 

  • Request all hirers to avoid single use plastic where possible. 

  • Advertise and support Plastic Free Overton. 

Getting in touch

The Watership Down Inn

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The Watership Down Inn is a Free house overlooking the Upper Test Valley. It specialises in selling ales produced within 30-mile radius of the pub. The pub also specialises in offering delicious home cooked meals. You can be assured of a warm welcome, there will even be a dog biscuit if you wish to bring a friend. We also have 7 beautifully appointed rooms, 3 in the original Inn and 4 in the stunning garden annex.

Pledges:

  • Changed straws to paper rather the biodegradable

  • Changed cleaning products to refill

  • Teabags to non-plastic ones (which you already use), in the B&B rooms and used in the pub

  • Remove sachets and replace them with refillable pots and bottles.

  • Reuse or recycle packaging

Getting in touch

Wilson & Sons Greengrocers

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Wilson & Sons is a family run Greengrocers based in Overton, Hampshire

Pledges:

  • All plastic packaging they do have to have is returned to supplier for recycling (and card and wood) 

  • Wherever possible, preference is given to produce not in plastic, even at a premium - most products are loose and naked 

  • Paper bags in the shop / veg boxes for loose produce 

  • refillable olive oil in glass bottles 

  • loose dried mushrooms available (weighed into paper bags) 

  • For take away soup and potatoes, customers are encouraged to bring their own containers. If they don't, the potatoes go in recycled card boxes which are compostable at home. with wooden forks 

  • Plastic bags are available, but not offered, which cuts down use 

  • Sell ketchup and other sauces etc in glass only 

Getting in touch

Café Pueblo

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The Spanish word PUEBLO means both village and community, and as a village cafe, community is what it's all about for us. We hope that our homemade, Latin twist food and super-ethical coffee can provide a perfect backdrop for time spent together!

Pledges

  • All takeaway orders in paper bags 

  • Wooden cutlery for take away 

  • Sauces in refillable glass rather than sachets 

  • Cold drinks in cans and glass rather than a plastic bottles e.g.water in a can 

  • Cup carriers are cardboard

Getting in touch

Hampshire Relationship Counselling

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Marriage and couple counselling, relationship therapy and psychosexual support to couples and individuals. El works in Overton & Kingsclere, North Hampshire, and offer online counselling sessions across the UK.

Pledges:

  • Changing to plastic-free tea bags

  • Using plastic free loo roll and refillable hand soap in the bathroom.

  • Changing to refillable cleaning products

Getting in touch

James Bretel Architecture

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They are a collaborative practice with a particular focus on sustainable residential design. Led by James Bretel, a qualified architect who has worked in the industry for over 15 years. Their role is to work with you to realise your dream scheme.

Pledges:

  • Cleaning and bathroom bottles, plastic bags, food packaging and shopping local, fabric face coverings

  • Bulk buying handwash, body wash, shampoo and conditioner in 5Lt containers where possible.

  • Re-usable shopping bags, tote style shopping and bags for life from supermarkets.

  • Reduction in unnecessary food packaging; shop local for bread, meat, fruit & veg which both supports the local businesses, reduces carbon footprint and reduces plastic waste in supermarket packaged goods.

  • Use fabric face coverings rather than disposable ones.

Getting in touch

LifeSpring Community Church

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A warm and welcoming church that meets in Overton. People come from far and wide - anywhere from Basingstoke to Andover and all points in between like Whitchurch, Oakley and Overton. 

Pledges:

  • Washable mugs, saucers, cups etc for all refreshments

  • No single use plastic drinks at Saturday club

Getting in touch

Lockdown Larder

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The Lockdown Larder launched on 5th May 2020 to help local residents affected by Covid by providing free groceries - non-chilled but including plenty of fruit and vegetables.  Residents could make a 15-minute appointment for their own household to come along each Monday and collect provisions.  

Pledges

  • We are recycling all our cardboard, banning single use plastic bags for both our shopping and delivering.

  • We have brought our fruit and vegetables from Wilson's Greengrocers as they are not plastic wrapped.

  • We have used recyclable paper bags to deliver items and been advertising Overton's new nappy library.

  • We have also been reusing hundreds of pre-used plastic carrier bags donated by villagers.

Getting in touch

Overton Biodiversity Society

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The Society was created in 2004 with the aim of raising awareness of environmental issues in the parish, carrying out surveys and practical conservation work and creating a biodiversity action plan for the parish". O.B.S. is a member of "Natural Basingstoke

Pledges:

  • To eliminate single use plastic from all our activities. 

  • To ensure that all plastic products are re-used or recycled.

Getting in touch

St Luke's Hall, Overton

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St Luke’s Hall is a community hall available for hire for parties and functions. It is situated halfway along Winchester Street on the east side of the road and has a small car park, kitchen and an outside space at the rear.

Pledges:

  • providing reusable cutlery, crockery for hirers to use. 

  • Request hirers to avoid single use plastic where possible. 

  • Advertise and support Plastic Free Overton. 

Getting in touch

Sustainable Overton

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A team of volunteers living in the beautiful Hampshire village of Overton, working together to combat climate change. The goal is to become a carbon neutral

community by 2030

Pledges:

  • To support every aspect of Plastic Free Overton with action and publicity. 

  • Meetings to be plastic free for catering - reusable cups only. 

  • Events to be plastic free - catering and all aspects

Getting in touch

Watership Down Nursery

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The Watership Down Nursery offers full, part and flexible care to children in Overton, Whitchurch, Freefolk areas. They provide a fun, caring and homely environment enabling children to flourish and learn through exploration and play. 

Pledges:

  • Yoghurt and jelly pots will be used and reused for craft and paint pots.

  • Use dispensing cleaning products that can be refilled.

  • Ask our families to send in empties soap dispensers that can be refilled.

  • Reuse milk bottles and turn them into plant pots, watering cans and bird feeders.

  • Use the lids for counting sorting and craft.

  • Encourage and support the use of reusable nappies

Getting in touch

Cookery Doodle Do North Hants

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Cooking with kids can be so rewarding, but wouldn’t it be nice if it felt a bit more like quality time and a bit less like a battle, if they were learning new baking skills and you did not have to worry about the mess?

Cookery Doodle Doo offer weekly preschool children's cooking classes in Laverstoke. 

Pledges:

  • Katie asks customers to bring containers to take their bakes home. Provide paper bags if they forget. Katie used to routinely hand out plastic food bags.

  • Katie has purchased numerous reusable containers for all the food prep done in advance for offsite classes (childminder settings etc) instead of using plastic bags. 

  • Katie has purchased silicone food lids and baking mats to significantly reduce use of clingfilm and baking paper.

  • Katie also hires out her equipment when not in use and for every hire a donation of £5 goes to Naomi House and Jacksplace childrens hospices.

Getting in touch

Honesty Café

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Honesty Overton is a café, which is part of the Honesty Group; a food business who care about their food, where it comes from, what is in it and how it is produced. Founded by Romilla Arber in 2014, the business has since grown and is encouraging people everyday to care more about the food they consume.

Pledges:

  • Honesty are part of the Overton Cup scheme, to reduce use of disposable cups.

  • Bakery items are wrapped in paper bags and any takeaway items are in cardboard takeaway boxes.

  • Items for sale are plastic free where possible, such as drinks in glass bottles or cans rather than plastic.

  • Honesty’s bags are canvas tote bags.

  • All cleaning products and sanitisers are refillable.

Getting in touch

Montessori School

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Overton Montessori is an accredited Montessori nursery school for children aged between 2 and 6 years. Our school is set in the rural North Hampshire village of Overton. The carefully designed environment is laid out to encourage independence, freedom of movement and choice. Every child is treated as an individual with their own unique potential which, with the help of the parents, we help to fulfil.

Pledges

  • We work with our parents to support them to send plastic free packed lunches.

  • Any baking or making is sent home in paper bags.

  • All soaps, sanitiser, washing up liquid and cleaning products are refilled.

  • All staff asked to use Overton Cups for their drinks.

  • We avoid using wipes wherever possible, encouraging children to wash their hands at the sink and are working with Overton Nappy Library to introduce reusable wipes for any nappy changes.

  • We use recycling and waste items for crafts whenever possible and consciously look for alternatives to plastic for any activities.

Getting in touch

Little Steps Montessori Nursery School

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Little Steps is an Ofsted outstanding rated Nursery who care for children from all backgrounds and abilities. Using the Montessori method of teaching they encourage children to develop at their own pace and to gain skills such as independence, concentration and problem solving which are essential life skills that will help them continue making good progress through the rest of their education.

Pledges:

  • Changed from plastic to glass milk bottles.

  • All our cleaning product are bought in bulk containers and decanted into

  • smaller refillable bottles.

  • We have asked our parents to use re-useable packaging in the lunch boxes, thus reducing the amount of single use plastic

  • We are increasing recycling massively and including yoghurt pots and crisp packets.

Getting in touch

Overton Scouts, Cubs & Beavers

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Offers 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure, and the chance to help others. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. 

Pledges:

  • To remove/minimize the use of plastic cups, plates and cutlery when possible

  • Switch the use of plastic bags for our supplies and switch to cardboard boxes instead. 

  • They will hold a plastic awareness meeting at least once per school year with the agenda of the use of single plastic in our daily lives and how to minimize the impact of plastic on the environment. 

  • The Cub Scout group is already complying with a low single plastic use which they plan to reduce even further when possible in the coming years.

Getting in touch

Overton Guides

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What you do in Guides is up to you, from taking part in lots of exciting activities at regular meetings to special events and trips away. You’ll never be stuck for something to do, whether you want to explore the outdoors, focus on hobbies, or challenge yourself with something new, you’ll find something to Guides that suits you.

For girls aged 10 to 14- Guides challenge themselves and make a difference in their community. Overton Guides meet weekly. 

Pledges:

  • We’ve held a challenge for the Guides to create something new from “rubbish”.

  • We’re making sure we are replacing plastic with other materials for craft activities where possible. 

  • We’re planning a litter pick around the grounds of our meeting place when lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Getting in touch

Verbose Design

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I'm on a mission to encourage self-compassion through jewellery. I make symbolic, personalised and beautifully sparkly reminders of your worth and of all that is meaningful to you.

Pledges:

  • Hannah only uses plastic free gift boxes with paper lining and tied with paper string.

  • For any postal orders I collect and reuse old postal packaging.

  • I only use refillable cleaning products, for my home and workshop, and use recycled silver when making my jewellery.

Getting in touch

Suzanne Smith Childminders

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A friendly childminding service focusing on providing children with a fun, education and in a homely setting. 

Pledges:

  • Sue will be removing all single use aprons and replacing these with recycled or washable ones

  • She will stop buying individual plastic yoghurts and replace these with glass refillable pots

  • She will stop using disposable straws and replace these with metal straws

Getting in touch

Turner's Butchers

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Turners butchers is a family-run butchers shop in the village of Overton just 5 miles outside of Basingstoke in Hampshire. Owners Kevin and Esme Smith specialise in providing quality meat, sourced locally and fully prepared to your requirements

Pledges:

  • No plastic bags (only paper bags are available). 

  • Switched to sugar beet trays instead of polystyrene.

  • Kevin will put food into containers that people bring in and wash at home.

  • Egg boxes are reused, and people are encouraged to return their egg boxes

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