A NURSERY owner is hoping to encourage the reduction plastic use.

Louise Lloyd-Evans, owner of Young Friends Nursery and Nature School in Holland Road, Hove, has launched an initiative to cut single use plastics.

And she hopes that other nursery owners across the country will follow suit.

Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic (SNAP) is an online resource forum where nurseries can join together to compare and share ideas, and give and receive advice on how to operate more sustainably within their business.

Louise says: “SNAP was born from a passion to change and provide a better world for our children.

“In today’s climate we have a duty to educate young people, staff and business owners from day one so it becomes a natural responsibility. I was disturbed by the lack of care about the environment in nurseries which are terrible at using single-use plastic in things like wet wipes and nappy sacks.”

The new forum has support from key organisations including Surfers Against Sewage, Hove Plastic Free Community Team, Brighton and Hove Council’s sustainability department and Hove Labour MP Peter Kyle.

Mr Kyle said: “The environmental crisis is finally rising up the political agenda and initiatives like SNAP show what a difference we can make as communities.”