Future Girl Acts in Ulster

Future Girl Acts in Ulster

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This week we have been tackling plastic pollution together because we’re worried about the damage it’s causing to our planet and the animals we share it with.

Future Girl Acts is a key part of our first Planet Protectors campaign. We want to make big change, so we’re coming together to tackle plastic pollution.

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The Future Girl Acts on Plastic Launch

The campaign launched in Ulster on Saturday 28th September at Lorne as Guides from Enniskillen, Florencecourt, Lisnaskea and Margheraculmoney took part in a workshop on plastic pollution.

This started with a presentation developed by Dr Caoimhe Ni Dhonaill, a lecturer in Queen’s University that is involved in a large single-use plastics project.

This was delivered by a leader and Rangers from 7th Bangor Rangers, and the girls were asked to think of all the plastic they use in a day, and then create an invention that could be used to reduce plastic consumption!

Girls pitched amazing new inventions including an underwater plastic detector and a plastic reformer that returned plastic to the original natural materials!
Girls pitched amazing new inventions including an underwater plastic detector and a plastic reformer that returned plastic to the original natural materials!

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The girls then learnt how to make their own lip balm with Sharon Machala from Pickled Weirdo. Sharon had brought all the ingredients for the girls to touch and smell, including honeycomb, beeswax, coconut oil and essential oils! Each girl got a lip balm and Sharon brought the recipes for the girls so that they could make this themselves at home in their refillable containers rather than buying it in plastic containers every time!

Sharon is able to visit units to do similar activities including cosmetics, beeswax wraps and anything cooking related! Visit her instagram @pickledweirdo to organise a unit visit.

The girls then heard from Grace Moore, who spoke about reducing plastic in your unit in an interactive presentation that can be downloaded here. Grace did her Action For Change project on reducing single-use plastic waste in her local community and has implemented a number of changes in her unit to help the environment.

The girls then made their plastic promises, with some opting to use reusable bottles and straws instead of plastic, to take part in litter picks, and to spread the word about plastic pollution and the alternatives they learnt about!

The girls made their plastic promises to become Planet Protectors!
The girls made their plastic promises to become Planet Protectors!.

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Future Girl Acts in our units!

This week 165 Ulster Units have taken part in the Future Girl Acts on Plastic unit meeting activity. Girls used plastic that they had collected during the week to create sculptures of animals that are being hurt by plastic pollution.

A seahorse created by 1st Ballyclare Guides, a jellyfish crafted by North Down girls and a turtle sculpted by Dromore Brownies
A seahorse created by 1st Ballyclare Guides, a jellyfish crafted by North Down girls and a turtle sculpted by Dromore Brownies

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Girls also made their plastic promises to use alternatives to plastic and to take action on single-use plastic pollution! You can make yours now at www.plasticpromises.co.uk

Girls wrote why they care about the environment and made their #PlasticPromise all over Ulster!
Girls wrote why they care about the environment and made their #PlasticPromise all over Ulster!

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Plastic Free Blog

As an added extra for leaders during the week of action, we created a Plastic Free series to help members reduce their single-use plastic consumption and let them know about local sustainable businesses!

You can read these now via our Facebook page notes section or click here for each:

Plastic Free: At Home

Plastic Free: On the Go

Plastic Free: Groceries

Plastic Free: Action

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Remember to make your plastic promise now at www.plasticpromises.co.uk