Scuba Diver Magazines

Red Nose Day goes plastic-free


Related stories

Diving instructor sentenced after student dies on training dive

Technical diving instructor Lance Palmer has been sentenced after...

Leafy Seadragon Photos Win Top Awards

Nicolas Remy Wins Top Awards With His Leafy Seadragon...

Seagrass restoration trials begin in Cornwall

A pioneering project attempting to restore climate change-fighting seagrass...

North East set to become ‘climate leader’

A South Tyneside Council-led project aims to strengthen North...

UK shark fin ban moves closer to becoming law

Bite-Back Shark and Marine Conservation’s relentless campaigns to make...

The problem of plastic pollution is now a mainstream issue, and it is heartening to see that schoolchildren managed to persuade Red Nose Day to go plastic-free.

The bulbous plastic noses have become a familiar sight over the years as wearers support Comic Relief, but after pressure from hundreds of youngsters – including schoolchildren from Fourlanesend Community Primary School in Cornwall who managed to gain the backing of Sir David Attenborough – the charity made the decision to ditch the plastic noses.

Instead, the red noses will now be made from bagasse, a natural by-product of sugar cane. It has taken over 18 months to develop, following extensive research and testing into suitable plastic-free alternative materials. In keeping with the environmentally friendly theme, the noses will be available in ten different characters, representing the great outdoors, including a squirrel, fox, badger, and more.

Red Nose Day

According to Comic Relief's Richard Curtis, the charity had already been looking at the issue, but that the additional ‘tactical nudging' by ‘passionate kids' back in 2019 had made a difference.

The 18th Red Nose Day will take place on 19 March 2021.

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editorial Director Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. nearly 40-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Listen to our Podcast


Get a weekly roundup of all Scuba Diver news and articles

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest stories
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x