12/11/2017

UK celebrates first "Plastic Free Coastline" community


Whether it's childcare centers banning glitter, the government considering taxes on single-use plastics, or London's mayor proposing a network of water fountains and refill stations to combat bottled water waste, there really does seem to be momentum right now behind the movement to curb plastic use in the UK.

Much of the credit can apparently go to an unusually vocal Sir David Attenborough and his new show Blue Planet II. If last night's twitter activity around the season finale is anything to go by, millions and millions of Brits are engaging with the issue of ocean pollution and plastic waste, and reacting to heart wrenching footage by committing themselves to changing things for the better.

The latest example of such efforts is the announcement—reported over at Business Green—of Britain's first certified "Plastic Free Coastline" community. The rural town of Penzance, Cornwall, has been working extremely hard to rid its beaches and streets of single-use plastics and, according to the non-profit Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)which is coordinating this campaign, nearly one hundred other communities around the country are striving for similar status....more