Bishop of Salisbury giving up PLASTIC for Lent

Bishop of Salisbury giving up PLASTIC for Lent

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:53am 3rd March 2020.

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But Nicholas Holtam has admitted he's already finding it tough.

Almost a week since Lent began, Salisbury's Bishop has revealed he's given up something in a bid to be more environmentally friendly.

He's aiming to go 'plastic-free' for the 40 days.

Plastic Waste Recycling
Giving up plastics is a popular choice for Lent this year, with the Bishop of Salisbury among those trying to limit their use

In a post of the Salisbury Diocese website, the Bishop's said it's proving harder than he expected: 

"This Lent I am going to try to be plastic free for 40 days.

"I have got my bamboo toothbrush and bar of soap but it's already feeling complicated and I know I will fail.

"My fountain pen is filled with ink but I type this letter on a plastic keyboard.

"If I am coming back to Salisbury on an evening train I sometimes buy a bean and nut salad, just the sort of food we are supposed to eat. It comes in a plastic box with a wooden fork and symbolizes the muddle we are in as we try to do our best in God's good world.

"What I am aiming for is really a bit of self-education and I’ll try to ensure others learn with me with the occasional blog."

Plastic Beach Sand
The use of plastics has become a talking point since the Blue Planet II documentaries highlighted the amount that's ending up in our oceans


Bishop Nicholas's green credentials have been a big part of his work for a number of years. 

In September 2014, he was named the Church of England's lead bishop for Environment Affairs.

The Diocese of Salisbury also became the first in the country to be declared an 'eco diocese' in November 2018. 

Others are following his example during Lent too - with Winterslow Primary School deciding to choose items to give up for the sake of the environment 

Winterslow Primary School unusual lent 2020
Children at Winterslow Primary have been drawing up their own environmental ideas for Lent

Their efforts started with going paper-free for the first three days of Lent, with the children coming up with idea for the rest of the time. 

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