Mold Plastic Reduction (MPR) has achieved the status of a declared Plastic Free Community in one year flat. Of course, that doesn’t mean that plastic has been eradicated from Mold, rather it is recognition that there is enough progress and support that Mold has seriously set itself on course to reduce plastic consumption.
MPR is a pressure group formed following a public meeting in May 2019, called by a group of residents from in and near Mold who were concerned about the prevalence of plastic in our lives and the ubiquity of single-use plastic in particular.
We weren’t the first such plastic-aware group so we didn’t try to re-invent the wheel. A lengthy workshop held a month after the public meeting concluded that MPR should adopt the Plastic Free Community standards of a major environmental group – Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).
Despite Mold being a long way from the sea, we could see no better standard to achieve. At the meeting, dozens of ideas were enthusiastically discussed and a group of energised volunteers emerged.