Make Plastic Free Day on the 7th May the last day you use single-use plastics
Published 15:49 on 5 Mar 2020
We'd like to encourage all Cowes businesses to join in with the Final Straw Solent's Plastic-Free Day on 7th May 2020, to raise awareness of the vital need to protect our beautiful beaches, waterways and the sea surrounding the Isle of Wight from plastic pollution.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you will be involved and they will publish your business' name on their website and mention you on their social media channels.
Your business could also sponsor a SeaBin or #2minutebeachclean board - see Final Straw's website for more ideas and ways to be involved.
You may have spotted Nellie, Final Straw Solent's giant plastic-collecting fish installation, on Cowes Parade last Cowes Week, collecting visitors plastic bottles and cups. Whilst this was a fantastic and fun way to encourage people to recycle their plastic, recycling alone is not enough in the battle against plastic pollution: plastic can only be recycled a limited number of times, and many plastics (such as black plastic food trays, salad bags and other plastic packaging) can't be recycled at all. The only answer is to stop using single-use plastics wherever possible.
Sustainable retail initiatives could include:
- encouraging shoppers to bring their own bags, or providing paper bags
- minimising ubiquitous plastic packaging, particularly in the sale of food: stock 'naked' fruit and veg, and let people supply their own containers for purchasing cheese, meat and fish.
- reward the use of re-usable coffee cups
- provide free water re-fills to customers or visitors with their own bottles
- offer refillable options for everyday items such as shampoo, washing liquid, and olive oil
- replace single-use plastic cups at office water-fountains with re-usable cups
Of course, reducing our widespread reliance on single-use plastics should not be limited to just one day - if we want a cleaner island in the long term, we need to make long-term changes. Let's work together to protect our coastline and make the Island #plasticfree!
Last updated 20:43 on 18 March 2020