The UK has announced its very first “Plastic Free Coastline” community! The rural town of Penzance, Cornwall, has been working on ridding its picturesque beaches of single-use plastics and their new title is a great reminder that we can all work towards achieving this noble goal as well!
The status of being plastic-free, of course, does not mean that all of the town’s plastic has disappeared forever. In realistic terms, it reflects the community’s diligent efforts to reduce plastic waste at every turn. The campaign guidelines encourage the formation of a community group that encourages local businesses to replace single use plastics and coordinates beach clean up efforts. The initiative has already led to 13 local businesses removing three or more single-use plastic items from their inventory – and we are sure more will join soon!
According to the coordinating organization, Surfers Against Sewage, almost 100 other communities around the UK are also striving for the plastic-free status.
The accreditation of Penzance as a plastic-free coastline is the latest of the country’s notable efforts to limit their impact on the oceans. The UK recently announced they will consider a taxes on single-use plastics and a ban on glitter has been instated in a childcare center chain. Hopefully, the trend will continue – and will soon become as strong in other parts of the world.
Every year, around 8.8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans so it is up to all of us to make an effort to lower this devastating number. To find out how you can help the planet by making conscious choices, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!
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