Macc-tastic, Less Plastic!

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Macc-tastic, Less Plastic!

24 June @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

FREE event, no booking needed.

Refuse & reduce, recycle & upcycle, mend and meddle! Find out how small changes can make a difference or start a movement with tips, talks, tactics, demos and activities for all ages to tackle plastic pollution and climate change.

Plastic waste is killing sea creatures and polluting our water. Do we really need so much? Could you make a ‘Plastic Pledge’ to use less? Write it down, put in a plastic bottle and add to the giant ‘arbor’ which will sprout entangled branches over the course of the day (sculpture created by Anna Riordan). Take a #plasticpledge selfie, grab a ‘reward’ from Macclesfield Town Council and help make a sustainable Macc-tastic town!

Talks in the DISCOVER tent

Learn from local experts, each followed by short Q&A (times may vary, working around bell-ringing!)

10 am Chris Wellavize of Prestbury Plant and Garden on Greening Your Garden

10.30am Bert Thorneycroft of Fruits of the Forage on Plants, Fruit and Foraging

11.00am Graham Royle, Master Beekeeper on Saving the Bees

11.30am Lisa Lowe, ANSA: Love Food, Hate Waste

12 pm Student Esther Bird and headteacher Emmanuel Botwe from Tytherington School: Tythy Goes Green

12.40pm Helena Gowler & Cllr Gareth Jones, Macc Town Council: My Less Plastic Week, with Lisa Lowe, ANSA

1.30pm Prof Kate Fletcher, Usership: Fashion Beyond Consumerism

2.10pm Colin Townend,; Plastic Tactics

2.30pm King’s School pupils: Deforestation – what can we do? Marine Mayhem – saving the oceans

3:00 pm Ben Alexander; Water Power, Stockport Hydro (Greater Manchester’s first community-owned hydro-electric project.)

Make, mend, fix marquee

Get tips, skills and ideas to reuse, reduce and reinvent our stuff! Macctivist are upcycling t-shirts and tops; Helen Wright has a children’s craft cafe; there’s a paper mache demonstration from Patty Callaghan with ‘recipe cards’ to take away; test your fabric knowledge and ‘haptic’ skills with sustainable fashion professor Kate Fletcher; help to crochet mats from plastic bags with Crafty Corner; find out how to fix screens and electrical items with Roger Noble;  watch Trish Halloran demonstrate how to create beeswax wraps to replace clingfilm, and catch some of the short films about why it all matters.


Macclesfield RSPB Wildlife Explorers swift project;

BeeFriendly Macclesfield with free samples and a pollination quiz;

Cre8 bring their bicycle workshop for advice and tips; Medi-ball is a kit for fixing football punctures developed by two young entrepreneurs; Macclesfield Town Council Councillor Gareth Jones and officer Helena Gowler who pledged to reduce their single use plastic for a week – hear how they got on.

Inland Sea Clothing show how to recycle plastic as t-shirts; Tytherington pupils will be testing your knowledge with a plastics quiz; The King’s School in Macclesfield have a recycling competition, upcycled musical instruments, and Eco Week displays.

Macc NCT and Babywearers have a quiet space for parents and babies and information about reusable nappies; East Cheshire Housing Consortium run the #Pledge stall inviting you to reduce single use plastic, and ANSA (who manage recycling in East Cheshire) answer any and all of your questions about why and what and where it goes!

For more intormation about what you can do now, check out Macc’s own information board

FREE event, no booking required.

Remember, Sunday 24th June is also Treacle Market – so come into town and make a day of it!


24 June
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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St Michael’s Churchyard
St Michael's Church Yard
Macclesfield, SK10 1HW