Keeping Putney’s River Clean with Mr Benn and Plastic Free July

A cartoon scuba diver swimming in the Thames by Putney Bridge

What is one of the best things about Putney? The river, of course! Putney sits on the south bank of the River Thames and is also the traditional starting point of the annual Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge universities. 

But as Mr Benn can tell you, it is important to keep the river clean. He is a fan of walking to the Thames from his house on Festive Road and watching the boats go by. He even had an underwater adventure and met King Neptune and a mermaid!

If you would like to help with keeping the river clean, why not join Putney Tidy Towpath on one of their bi-monthly litter picking sessions .

This month is Plastic Free July. Reducing plastic waste makes a positive impact on the planet, and reduces the amount of chemicals and rubbish that ends up in our rivers and oceans. Changing our habits by reducing the amount of single-use plastics we use helps to keep the river clean for all the animals, merpeople and plants who live in it.

In 2019, Positively Putney led the way amongst riverside pubs introducing reusable cups. They were launched on Boat Race day 2019, and continued to be used throughout the summer of 2019, and into 2020. In 2021, they were again popular with just Al Fresco drinking being allowed.

We have also teamed up with Refill London encouraging businesses to sign up to allowing people to refill bottles helping to reduce the amount of plastic used. 


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