Here & Now spoke to Jean Raleigh, who runs Worthing’s first zero waste shop Larder on Montague Street and is part of the team behind Plastic Free Worthing.
We often hear about the plastic pollution in the oceans, but many don’t realise Worthing has its own offshore Marine Conservation Area called Kingmere which includes the Worthing Lumps and is a black sea bream breeding ground. What better reason is there to be proud of our town and not pollute our beaches with single-use plastics?
When were you happiest?
When we won a Sunny Worthing award for a grassroots movement; it was at that moment we knew we had to deliver and get our town accredited Plastic Free Community status.
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
When we won a Sunny Worthing award for a grassroots movement when we had not even started on our mission! We had no idea the idea had that much support!
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose and why?
We want to keep the rare and wonderful Baillon’s Wrasse fish from going extinct by celebrating and protecting our local Marine Conservation Zone, along with our many other equally deserving local wildlife creatures.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
It would have to be some Oompa Loompas with litter pickers.
Which book changed your life?
No-one is Too Small to make a Difference by Greta Thunberg.
Who would you invite to rave with you on Worthing beach?
Anyone and everyone, as long as they bought their own water bottles and cups and paper reusable decor and took their litter home!
What single thing would you do to improve Worthing?
Have every event declared to be a Plastic Free Event with Refill taps everywhere painted up so they are celebrated and used.
What would you donate to Worthing Museum?
A single-use plastic water bottle as a ridiculous example of the follies of the past.
What event did you last pay to go to in Worthing?
Worthing Pride at Beach House Grounds.
Thanks Jean! If there’s someone you would like us to interview for 50 Sides of Worthing, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Zoe Rhodes
Jean Raleigh on right