If you have been following our musings in this blog and social media for a while, the title and timing of today’s blog will not surprise you. Yup, plastic waste is one of our bugbears. Ergo, we’re like a kid in a candy store – a whole month dedicated to the topic of #plasticfree living! That gives us carte blanche to talk to our heart’s content about how tourism businesses can use and discard less plastic. So, here goes our first bit for the month.
Are you up for a challenge?
Enter the #PlasticFreeMzansi challenge set up by our friends at WWF South Africa in partnership with Beach Co-op and Twyg. The challenge asks participants to give up 3 commonly found items polluting beaches: earbud sticks, chip packets and plastic bottles.
Plastic bottles and chip packets are still found the kitchens, bars, and guest rooms of many tourism businesses. Plus, those dinky guest amenity kits often contain earbuds.
#PlasticFreeJuly is a good month to find and start using alternatives – think refillable glass water bottles, savoury snacks such as pretzels and nuts bought in bulk and packaged in paper bags, and, simply not stocking amenity kits with single-use items. Whatever you decide to do, join the challenge and sign up here: https://www.wwf.org.za/wwf_plastic.cfm
Coming to a beach near you
Nothing brings home the immensity of the plastic problem like a beach clean up. At the WWF South Africa beach cleanup at Mouille Point on 29 June, 49 people collected 10 full bags weighing 74.5 kilograms! The top four Dirty Dozen items for this cleanup were: 1339 Straws, 1237 Cooldrink lids, 646 Sucker sticks and 628 Earbuds. Scary stuff!
We know it is cold out, but round up your staff for one the beach cleanups during the month of Plastic Free July:
- New Moon cleanup at Surfers Corner at 8:30 am on Wednesday 3 July
- Kommetjie beach cleanup at 9am on Saturday 6 July
- Beach cleanup with Faithful to Nature on Saturday 6 July – Watch social media for more
- Strandfontein beach cleanup with Woolworths on 20 July – Watch social media for more
- Trash Bash coastal cleanup at Mouille Point Beach with Two Oceans Aquarium at 9am Saturday 27 July
And, put up notices and encourage your guests to spend a bit of time to give back to our beautiful city. And to boot, they will get to meet caring locals.
Follow the partners on social media @WWFSASSI | @WWFSouthAfrica | @TheBeachCoopZA | @twygMAG