PackSwap PZ is Back

It’s official – PackSwap PZ is back. If you haven’t heard of PackSwap yet, it’s an initiative run through Plastic Free Penzance that enables businesses and individuals to re-use any plastic packaging that comes into town. It offers a free, eco-friendly alternative to single-use packaging – and the more businesses and locals that get involved, the more everyone benefits.

So how does PackSwap work?

It all starts when a local business gets a delivery. Once the order is unpacked, all that plastic packaging – whether it’s packing pellets, bubble wrap or air pockets – is no longer needed. So, rather than sending it to Cornwall’s incinerator, businesses can donate it to the PackSwap scheme.

There are two ways to donate packaging. You can post a picture and description on the PackSwap online page, and another member of the group can arrange to collect it. Or, you can bring any packaging along to our new PackSwap Hub with Mor Swimmy, at the old Burtons store in Penzance. We re-open Saturday 11th December, and will also be there on 18th December for your Christmas posting and packing needs. After that we’ll be back in the New Year, every Saturday from 8th January, 10:30am until 12pm.

Once packaging is donated, anyone in the community is welcome to it. You might be a small eco-friendly startup, a bigger business looking to cut costs, moving house or have things to post to friends and family. Whatever you need, you can collect any free packaging you need from the hub or or the FB group.

Three ways PackSwap can benefit your business

Whatever size your business is, there’s plenty of ways you can benefit from PackSwap PZ:

It’s super-cheap option for your packaging needs

It’s free packaging! You can stock up on packaging pellets, jiffy bags, bubble wrap, or anything else you need, without having to pay out for costly alternatives that you can only use once. And with Christmas fast approaching, now is a great time to take advantage of the scheme.

It offers an eco-friendly alternative to single-use packaging

Today, packaging accounts for 40% of plastic pollution. Most of it is used once, then is thrown away and left for incineration – despite being perfectly usable. By re-using packaging, you’re helping to create a circular economy, and stopping single-use plastic from entering our ecosystems.

It can help you build stronger connections with your local community

 At its heart, PackSwap promotes collaboration. It’s a way to build new connections with your neighbouring businesses, and help Penzance become a cleaner, greener community.

Get involved

You can get involved with PackSwap PZ today by visiting the online page . From there, you can join the community, ask any questions you have, share your own spare packaging, or collect packaging from other group members.

Or you can drop off your spare packaging weekly, by visiting the PackSwap Hub with Mor Swimmy, at the old Burtons store. Starting Saturday 11th December , the stall will be open every Saturday from 10:30am to 12pm for drop offs and collections.

Plastic Free Gift Wrap Service

This year we’re all excited about winter festivities, spending some quality time with the family and sharing gifts with loved ones. Despite all the joy that comes with the season, there’s usually also a whole lot of unnecessary plastic.

At Plastic Free Penzance, we share lots of ways we can keep tat and plastic to a minimum and reduce the throwaway bits that come with this time of year.

One of the easiest ways we can help reduce single use plastic and waste this Christmas is to opt for Plastic Free Gift Wrapping. There are many creative and fun ways to do this and to inspire you we’ve listed our top tips here.

We’re here to help too – so if you want us to do the wrap work for you, just head to our free Gift Wrap station at the town’s Christmas Fairs – details at the end.

Our top 5 tips on plastic free wrapping:

Reuse gift paper – If you’re like us and can’t bear to throw away perfectly usable gift paper, then save it for next year! If your old stuff is tatty, you could always opt for using things like newspapers, magazines or brown paper to wrap all your gifts, which can be easily recycled too.

Use ribbon or string instead of tape – We’re a big fan of ribbon and string, and not only does it look pretty on your presents, but it can be reused year after year and beats using plastic filled sellotape. And it makes all the brown paper and newspaper look pretty cool too.

Get your Furoshiki on – Say goodbye to any wrapping paper with this badass Japanese gift wrapping technique. A lesser known version of origami, this method involves using only fabric to wrap your gifts. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll never use paper again! If you want to learn for this Christmas, this easy to use guide can be found online below

Say goodbye to old Christmas cards – Finally, a use for those old Christmas cards that you’ve got stuffed in a drawer. Instead of buying present tags, create your own by cutting up old Christmas cards. You’ll also get some serious credit for making your own.

Get back to nature – Nature is pretty awesome and what better way to jazz up some wrapping paper than with some REAL holly or mistletoe? Take a trip to the woods and forage for some fallen foliage, or you could even pick up some pine cones to decorate your home. The world is your oyster.

We’ll be offering a plastic free gift wrapping service at the Christmas markets in Penzance throughout the festive season. Still to come:

  • Saturday 4th December – we’ll be at the Penwith College Christmas Fair between 10am-2pm
  • Saturday 18th December – we’ll be at the Makers Market at The Exchange all day, followed by the Lantern Parade

We’d love to see you there and we’re also offering plastic free gift wrapping ‘kits’ if you’d prefer to wrap your gifts at home.

As always, we’d love to hear about your plastic free gift wrapping experiences or tips, so please feel free to tag us on Insta and Facebook.