Lochinver ELC – Glitter Campaign News Update

As part of Forest School, the older children recently completed another beach clean, this time at Badnaban. We had to work very hard and removed a large quantity of rope, net, plastic and 6 bin bags of smaller plastic rubbish from this very small stretch of beach. We would like to thank Susan Templeton for volunteering to help us on our mission to “Save the World!

Talks with Highland Council, to try and persuade Lochinver harbour to join KIMO fishing for litter initiative, have hit funding barriers. The KIMO scheme brings litter recovered from the sea back to shore and pays for it to be recycled. The skip at the pier is always full of cardboard, plastic, rope and net which goes to landfill. Some conscientious skippers sort their rubbish and this is then tipped into one skip! Surely there has to be a better way? We shall continue to badger officials.

We have also been taking our Glitter Campaign further. The poster designed by the children last autumn was distributed to schools across Highland. This asked schools to stop using plastic glitter and change to biodegradable glitter made of cellulose. Our poster depicted a goldfish bowl full of sea creatures and a hand sprinkling glitter on to the surface of the water saying “Would you feed glitter to your goldfish?” Our new slogan, “Glitter is just litter with a G”, (courtesy of our Chief Executive, Jaci Douglas), has been used in letters written to our MSP’s. We have asked the Scottish Government to consider 3 points:

  • Officially recognise glitter as a micro-bead.
  • Include glitter in the micro-bead ban, which came into force in January, thus stopping the sale and manufacture of plastic glitter.
  • Encourage everyone to use biodegradable alternatives for craft, cosmetics, paper etc

We received a reply from Kate Forbes MSP who has said she is going to write to Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, and ask her to consider our three actions to help save our world. You can read Kate Forbes reply below:

Dear everyone,

Thank you very much for writing to me to explain about your campaign to highlight the damaging effects of glitter on our environment. 

The poster that you sent me is very colourful and gave a very strong message to everyone just how damaging flitter can be. I was very impressed with your slogan “After all, glitter is just litter with a ‘G'”, and your neat handwriting. 

I will write to the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, to ask her to consider your three actions to help save our world. I will write to you with the response she provides. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me.

Yours sincerely, 

Kate Forbes MSP
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch. 

Watch this space as Kate Forbes is going to let us know what Roseanna’s response is.

Our children want to change the habits of adults, Council and Government to ensure a healthy environment. We would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone in our local community who took part in our surveys and if anyone would like to get involved in our mission, please contact staff at Lochinver ELC on 01571 844067 ([email protected]).

Written by Jane, Amy, Michele and the children of Lochinver Early Learning and Childcare Centre. 

1 reply
  1. Norma Ruettimann
    Norma Ruettimann says:

    What an informative update, well done all at Lochinver ELC for your tenacity in keeping going with this and making such excellent progress with your very worthwhile campaign. I’ve seen your posters in several places across Highland. You may well be developing some future environmentalists there at Lochinver!


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