Opportunities to Make a Difference

Fidra aims to highlight opportunities for individuals, organisations and policymakers to implement changes that will help us  tackle climate change and enhance nature’s resilience.


Bisphenols by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26


Bisphenols are a group of harmful chemicals that can affect hormones, fertility and growth in people and wildlife. They are used in plastics, receipts and are found in almost everyone ever tested. 

One bisphenol, BPA, has already been banned in receipts. But this is only one of many bisphenols that are all likely to be just as harmful, others are still in use on many receipts.

We are asking people to protect shop-workers and the environment by saying ‘no’ to receipts when you can, and we're calling for a ban on all bisphenols in all receipts, in all shops. 

Bisphenols production (2021) by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Flame Retardants by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Flame Retardants

What does a sofa, a seabird and a spatula have in common? They all contain harmful chemical flame retardants!

Right now, hazardous chemicals used in our everyday products are undermining the safety of recycled products, creating a barrier to the circular economy, and endangering wildlife already under threat from the climate emergency. 

Moving away from hazardous Chemical Flame Retardants and supporting products made ‘safe by design’ would help fuel a successful circular economy from the start.

Buzztops by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26


Making public transport an attractive option is essential to reducing emissions. Buzztops are green roofs or biodiversity features on bus shelters creating space for nature and linking fragmented habitats.

They can reduce air pollution, minimise flooding risk and make public transport attractive to people and wildlife, providing everyday engagement with nature. 

Microplastic Pollution from 3G artificial football pitches (2021) by This video was created by KIMO International for the project 'Pitch In'United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Pitch In

3G artificial turf pitches are contributing to the plastic pollution crisis.

Every year thousands of tonnes of microplastic are lost from these synthetic fields, adding microplastic and toxic chemicals to our environment. Using simple tactics everyone from industry to individuals can make sure plastic doesn’t reach our soils, seas and wildlife. Download our guidance and community kit at www.team-pitch.in to find out how you can pitch in to prevent plastic pollution.

Best Fishes by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Best Fishes

Aquaculture, as with any intensive farming, brings with it environmental issues around animal welfare, disease, pest control, and associated chemicals.

Effective regulation is essential to mitigate the industry’s environmental impacts. Consumers are unable to easily find clear information about the salmon they are eating and how its production impacts the environment. 

Salmon Farming by n/aUnited Nations Climate Change Conference COP26

Making information on individual farms accessible on a Sustainability Dashboard will enable easy identification of poorly performing salmon farms.

Retailers labelling their salmon with the source farm will allow consumers to see the impact a salmon product has had on the environment and can make informed purchasing possible.

Show retailers you want them to be accountable by buying salmon from named farms. See which retailers name their source farms on our website: www.bestfishes.org.uk.

Head to www.fidra.org.uk/cop26/ to find out more.

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