Above image: Larder, Worthing

We are a town by the sea, making water and plastic pollution key issues for us as a community, so it’s no surprise to see movements towards zero waste and plastic free living growing in Worthing.

RECENT ARRIVAL ON MONTAGUE STREET LARDER is a shop on a mission. Pop down with a container or use one in-store and stock up on everything from nuts, fruit, muesli and pulses to toiletries, cleaning products and even recycled loo roll, cloth nappies and bamboo toothbrushes. Late opening means you can even get down there after work. Transition Town Worthing runs a regular Repair Cafe where people can come together to repair household items. Volunteers are happy to help you fix everything from clothing to standard lamps to Leap-pads to stop them ending up in landfill. Their next session is Saturday 26 January at the Friends Meeting House on Mill Road from 10.30am-1pm.

Refill Worthing is trying to break our single-use plastic habits with over 40 spots around Worthing which will refill your bottles for free. Led by Worthing Climate Action Network and supported by Worthing Borough Council, Transition Town Worthing, West Sussex County Council and Southern Water, the scheme even has a free app to help you find your fill up: refill.org.uk.

If you’re determined to leave a lighter footprint in 2019, stick Saturday 9 February in your diary and go along to the Seed Swap and Spring Fair at Oak Grove College from 12.30-4.30pm. There will be a host of stalls with plenty of hints and tips for those embarking on the journey to sustainable living.

By Zoe Rhodes

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