Communities’ anti-plastic campaign receives recognition.

In April the communities of Appledore, Bideford and Westward Ho! were all recognised by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) as ‘Plastic Free Approved’. This is a real achievement, recognising that local businesses, councils, and community groups are working together to reduce their use of single use plastics. Our previous article mentioned shops, and this one celebrates those food outlets that have really got stuck in to make changes for the better!

Many places no longer offer plastic straws. Straws are difficult to recycle because they are so light and small that they drop out of sorting machines and mix with other materials. Billions get into the seas every year. Condiment sachets, plastic cutlery, plastic wrapped biscuits and plastic/polystyrene packaging are all on the hit list, with businesses finding ways to reduce or replace their use. This takes commitment, and replacements are sometimes slightly more costly, so it helps to use and encourage those eateries that are keen to do their bit to reduce their impact on the environment. More places offer a discount for using your own reusable coffee cup, so take it with you and save money as well as the planet!

We can’t list all those who are making changes here, but look for the Plastic Free Coastlines stickers on the windows of SAS approved businesses and those celebrated on the Plastic Free Coastlines Appledore, Bideford and Westward Ho! facebook page. You can also see ‘Refill Devon’ stickers on those places which are happy to fill reusable water bottles free of charge (or find them on the Refill App) – avoiding some of the 38 million plastic water bottles that we buy every single day in the UK!

Our choices make a difference – so let’s eat wisely, throwaway less, and recycle well.

Fiona Gibbon.

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Editor’s Note : Looking for a milkman to deliver with reusable glass bottles. Please contact Buzz if you know of one starting up in the area.

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