PackSwap PZ is a Plastic Free Penzance initiative to re-use plastic packaging that comes into the town, saving businesses and the community money and reducing our impact on the local environment.

It came about as Plastic Free Champion businesses in the town looked for solutions to reduce single-use plastic. Despite taking action across their own operations, they were still being sent copious amounts of bubble wrap, packaging peanuts and other plastic nasties with deliveries. In conjunction with putting pressure on those suppliers to find alternatives to plastic wrap … they also started informal swaps with neighbouring businesses to re-use what had been delivered and save money.

And so it came to pass that PackSwap PZ was born! Initially a business to business scheme it has quickly rolled out so now members of the community can come and collect any packaging they need for things like moving, ebay sales and postage.

Location: Unit One Wharfside Shopping Centre
Drop Off & Collect: Every Saturday 10.30am – 12.00pm
Packaging collected: Bubble Wrap, Packing Peanuts, Poster Tubes, Plastic Bags, Air Pockets & Jiffy Bags
COVID measures: Please wear a mask, anti bac is provided and packaging is left untouched for a week between drop off and collection. Why? Covid lives longer on plastic than paper or card. Up to three days! The chances of getting Covid via surfaces is low … but to be safe we’re leaving three days to make sure.

We are run completely by volunteers and will always need people to man the packaging hub on Tuesday or Saturday. Please contact us on [email protected] if you can help.

Also check out our business to business online PackSwap Hub here

Many thanks  … and happy PackSwapping!