I just attended the launch event for the ‘Refill Burnham & The Plastic Problem’ exhibition at Burnham-On-Crouch & District Museum opened today by town mayor Wendy Stamp and councillor Vanessa Bell. It’s an exhibition about both problems and solutions.
The community group I Love Burnham have worked together with the Museum to create a display about single use plastics and the affect of littering on our local countryside and marine life. The exhibition includes waste collected by I Love Burnham litter picks in local green spaces and along the Crouch shoreline. Some of it creatively reused by local children into sea creatures further highlighting the issue of marine pollution which is described elsewhere in the exhibition
On the solution front, the exhibition is also the official launch of Refill Essex in Burnham. Refill is a national, tap water campaign that aims to make refilling a water bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill stations on every street – thus avoiding the use of single-use plastic bottles.
In Burnham you can now refill your empty water bottle wherever the refill logo is displayed (or download the refill app to view the map of refill stations). It’s great to learn that a range of local businesses have already agreed to take part; T’s Coffee Shop, Sauda Village, the New Welcome Sailor pub, Burnham Bakery, Happy Returns, Domino’s, Bar3, the Cabin Dairy, the Sauda Village Oyster Pit, the Queens Head, Ye Olde White Harte, the Anchor, The Quayside and the Victoria Inn, The Parlour Café, Fozzo’s, Let’s Go Bonkers and Impamark.
The exhibition also invites visitors to think about how they can reduce their own use of plastics and includes a display of plastic-free alternatives to items commonly made of plastic including toothbrushes and picnic cutlery as well as unpackaged toiletries that avoid plastic containers.
It’s fantastic to see this global issue having local traction and the organisers deserve thanks and respect for getting it off the ground.