Plettenberg Bay is determined on being the top tourist destination in the fight against plastic pollution.
Several organisations have come together to make this happen by challenging every Plett restaurant, café and takeaway establishment to strive to achieve a set of three objectives by World Oceans Day on 8 June.
The plan is to eliminate not only plastic straws but also individually wrapped after-dinner sweets and polystyrene containers. The Fat Fish restaurant, in partnership with Nature’s Valley Trust, Renew Able Plett, Keep Plett Clean and Plett Tourism, has created the challenge in taking the first steps to achieve this.
Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into the worlds’ oceans and it is estimated that 73% of beach litter worldwide is plastic.
According to the team behind the initiative, it is a “truly community-driven” campaign and it is hoped that more than 80 local businesses would participate as this would make a tangible difference in the way Plettenberg Bay is perceived.
The group is aiming to equip business owners with the tools and resources required to make the necessary changes within their establishments.
“If successful, this challenge has the potential to add an entirely new dimension to our town’s profile – that of South Africa’s Top Eco -Friendly Destination. In addition, we are hoping that this is not simply a once-off campaign but will be followed up each year – focusing on different sectors within our local economy and expanding the objectives of those that have already participated.”