Naseem Talukdar, who founded Projects Against Plastic (PAP) to find ways to reduce single-plastic use.

Businesses owners in Weston are invited to take part in a free event over a curry – about the government’s ban on some single-use plastics and the steps to take.

From October 1, takeaways, restaurants and cafes will have to stop using single-use plastic cutlery, plates and bowls.

The move to enforce re-usable alternatives is set to tackle the growing plastic problem and protect the environment.

Reducing single-use plastic


Curry and Conversation will be hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and Projects Against Plastic (PAP), a charity working to reduce the negative impact of single-use plastic.

It will be held at We are Super in The Sovereign, High Street, from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Monday, October 2. It will include a serving of vegan curry, provided by Chutneys Takeaway.

Sue Shillabeer, president of Weston chamber, said: “We believe these businesses play a pivotal role in driving positive change and sustainability within our communities.

“As advocates for a greener future, we are hosting this session to foster meaningful discussions about how this ban might affect local businesses, as well as providing a great networking opportunity to meet other like-minded business owners.”

Challenges, concerns and successes

The event will aim to bring together local business owners to share their successes, challenges and concerns around reducing single-use plastic.

The chamber wants to understand how they can work together with local businesses to create a greener, cleaner, and more prosperous future.

Naseem Talukdar is the founder of PAP and is also the director for social responsibility and sustainability for UK Curry Connect (UKCC) campaign group.

He understands the need for change, as well as the challenges it may present to businesses.

Naseem, who helped successfully launch a Plastic Free Ramadan campaign to reduce single-use plastic while breaking fast, said: “The ban is great news for wildlife and the environment.

“But businesses, especially in the hospitality and tourism sectors, will need support to make the transition.”

People can contact Weston Chamber of Commerce for more information.