Easington born TV presenter backs single use plastic pledge

Jun 14, 2019 | Local News

A County Durham born television presenter with a passion for the countryside has become the latest to sign a pledge promising to try and eradicate single use plastics.

Matt Baker, from BBC’s The One Show, has signed the County Durham Single Use Plastic Pledge, and now Durham County Council is urging other organisations and businesses to join the network and sign up online.

Matt was joined on The One Show by headteacher at St Bede’s RC Primary School in Sacriston, Eve Alderson, and eight-year-old eco-warrior Violet Wiecek to talk about their school’s plastic free journey.

After the show the Easington-born presenter signed the pledge joining organisations such as Northumbrian Water, Durham University and Durham Constabulary in committing to significantly reduce, and work towards ultimately removing single use plastics from their operations.

The headteacher said: “We had such a great time, it was a lot of fun and helped to publicise the plastic free cause and show that we are leading the way up here in Durham.”

As part of World Environment Day the council has launched an online network where those interested in reducing their plastic use can find hints and tips from other businesses and groups. All they have to do is complete a short questionnaire and after which they can download the certificate to put on display that shows their support and commitment.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: “The new network will allow people to share hints and tips on things you can do to reduce your use of single plastics. These include simple changes such as carrying a shopping bag instead of buying a plastic bag and investing in a reusable coffee cup.”