Penzance wins plastic-free status 

Penzance wins the first award, curated and hosted by Surfers Against Sewage.

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A Cornish town in the UK has been awarded plastic free status, after local communities and businesses pledged and worked on cutting out single use plastics. Surfers against sewage charity, are working around the clock to encourage another 100 British coastal communities to take part in the same scheme. 
 
With rapid behaviour changes, and large coastal beach cleans, positive movement in the right direction is defiantly happening. Shops, cafes and visitor attractive have all committed to reduce single use plastics. The town’s status was confirmed after the town council voted to support the initiative.
 
Rachel yates from SAS said she was impressed how keen people were to take part: 

“Everybody you speak to wants to do something,” she said. “People are contacting us asking what they can do. We haven’t had to chase people.” She said: “It’s hugely important because one of the reasons a lot of people live down here is the connection to the sea and the elements. You’re so much more aware of what’s going on that the thought of not doing something about it is awful.”

Plastic Free Penzance’s next moves include setting up a plastic-free clinic to spread the word further and speaking to holiday home owners. They will also lobby local supermarket managers, although the emphasis is on changing behaviour on a local level and leaving national campaigning to SAS leaders. 

To win the plastic free coastlines approved status, Penzance had to complete five objectives set out by SAS such as setting up a steering group and organising beach cleans. Its status was confirmed after Penzance town council passed a motion on Monday pledging to support all plastic-free initiatives in the area and to lead by example through removing single-use plastics from their own premises.

Brad Davidson \\  OG