Two Scots are among the first group of environmental ambassadors chosen by the UK Government ahead of the Cop26 global climate change summit.
A total of 13 One Step Green ambassadors have been appointed, with the list including an environmental entrepreneur and the founder of an artists’ collective.
Toby McCartney, chief executive of Lockerbie-based MacRebur, has made it his mission to help tackle the plastic epidemic, by taking waste plastics that would otherwise be destined for landfill or incineration and adding them into asphalt for road construction.
Sara Thomson, meanwhile, founded The Leith Collective, providing a platform for 130 artists brought together by their common aim to repurpose items that would have gone to waste.
The group, set up in 2019, also opened the UK’s first shop without any single-use plastics, with Ms Thomson going on to set up the Clydeside Collective in Glasgow’s St Enoch Centre in July this year.
The One Step Greener initiative plans to recruit another 13 ambassadors ahead of Cop26 – with officials saying these 26 individuals will be “everyday climate leaders”.