We’re nearly at Earth Day 2024, the world’s largest environmental movement that started way back in 1970. Every year on 22 April, people from all over the world, from all backgrounds and walks of life, come together to support sustainability and climate action.

This year’s theme is ‘Planet vs Plastics’, bringing together students, parents, businesses, governments, churches, unions, individuals, and NGOs. Together they all hope to advocate for a 60% reduction in plastic production by 2040. It also highlights the urgent need to address the plastic crisis and protect the health of all living beings on our planet.

In recent years, we’ve shared many posts here on YES with valuable tips on reducing plastic in our lives. All of which remain relevant today. So, in support of this year’s Earth Day theme, we’re gathering a selection of our popular plastic-free posts.


Plastic-free post to re-read this Earth Day


How I went plastic-free – The late Claire Sumners, founder of ‘Plastic Free Seaford’ discusses her journey to become plastic-free.


Life without plastic is fantastic – Could you live without plastic? An inspiring story from one East Sussex family and some helpful tips for cutting down plastic use.


How to ban single-use plastics from your home – An informative article with advice on how to cut down on your use of single-use plastics by swapping everyday products for reusable ones.


Ditch the plastic bags and make your own! – Find out how to make your simple reusable shopping bag from a couple of spare pillowcases.


Plastic Free July | 7 tips to go Plastic Free – As we tackle plastic waste, the YES team provides some simple steps to help go plastic-free.


Get involved in this year’s Earth Day campaign


Head over to the Earth Day website to learn more about this year’s theme, ‘Planet vs Plastic’. Test your knowledge about the threats our planet faces from plastic pollution with their online quiz. You can also consider joining the movement by signing the petition to ban single-use plastic.


You can also visit the East Sussex County Council Climate Action page on the ESCC website. Here you can learn about how we are tackling climate change with our county-wide Environment Strategy, as well as our Climate Emergency Road Map.