In recent years there have been various efforts to reduce plastic bag use in Scilly. Some of these efforts were relatively successful. This time we would love to make real and permanent change.
The Plastic Bag Free Campaign has a number of phased steps to help make it as effective as possible – starting with surveys, working towards a ‘plastic bag amnesty day’, and eventually leading to the total phasing out of plastic bags across the islands.
The Green Team and the AONB Unit are inviting local businesses to join thePlastic Bag Free Campaign, beginning with the ‘pennies for plastic’ initiative. ‘Pennies for plastic’ aims to phase out plastic bags, first by charging customers a small levy on plastic bags, with the proceeds going to charity. Thereafter, when current supplies of plastic bags have been exhausted, businesses are invited to donate to charity the equivalent amount of money that would normally have been invested in plastic bags for free distribution.
The initiative is ‘win win’ in the sense that customers are empowered, allowing them to make a difference to the environment, as well as helping worthwhile charitable causes. At the same time, businesses enhance their environmental credentials.
It would be fantastic if all residents and retailers across the islands supported this campaign and helped to keep Scilly special by curbing unnecessary and hazardous waste such as plastic bags.
In the near future the students of the Green Team will also be conducting surveys on plastic bags use across the islands.
For more information on this project please <a href="http://ios-aonb.info/page verkaufe viagra.asp?PageID=35″>contact the AONB Unit.
The Isles of Scilly AONB Unit are working closely with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) on this project in Scilly. The MCS is the only national UK charity dedicated to the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. MCS campaigns for clean seas and beaches, sustainable fisheries, and protection of marine life. Through education, community involvement and collaboration, MCS raises awareness of the many threats that face our seas and promotes individual, industry and government action to protect the marine environment.For more information on Plastic Bags the MCS have produced the‘Why Go Plastic Free’ Booklet, which is full of interesting and helpful information to help go plastic bag free.