Kick the plastic habit this #PlasticFreeJuly

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:

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.   

Stay informed

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