Keeping North Devon Green
You will not be disappointed with the rolling hills and sandy beaches of North Devon but with nature in mind, and an international problem with single-use plastics we find out from Anne-Marie Eveleigh of Plastic Free North Devon about how you can enjoy the beautiful coast and countryside with minimal impact to the natural environment.
“Everyone has the opportunity and responsibility to make a difference - however big or small, every action counts”says AnneMarie, “we’d like to inspire all holidaymakers who visit our beautiful area to consider their ‘plastic footprint’ and ways in which we can look after the world a little bit better.”
In order for everyone to holiday responsibly, Plastic Free North Devon have put together some handy hints to help you make some choices whilst on holiday:
1. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
We think our water tastes great here in North Devon so carry your own reusable waterbottle to refill when you are out and about. Look out for the Refill Devon stickers in windows of cafes where you are welcome to refill your water bottles.
2. REUSABLE COFFEE CUPS
In the UK 5,000 takeaway coffee cups are disposed of every minute. Bring your own reusable travel mug or cup with you. Some of our brilliant cafes even offer a discount for using your own cup. Look out for the Plastic Free Communities logo.
3. BRING YOUR OWN BAG
For groceries, holiday purchases, or special beach finds, having a reusable bag with you is the easiest way to make sure that you don’t end up with yet another plastic bag!
4. GET CLEANING
Join one of the many beach or park cleans. You will get a warm glow from clearing up the planet and a bit of exercise too!
You don’t need to join an organised event, just picking up when you are out and about can make all the difference. #2minutebeachclean
5. TAKE A STAND
If you are offered a piece of single use plastic, say NO and state why. Cutting down on your single use plastics whenever possible can really add up when many people are involved.
6. DOWN THE TOILET
Don’t flush wipes, cotton buds or sanitary products. It can end up in the sea – so recycle or dispose of in bins.
For more information about Plastic Free North Devon visit their facebook page facebook.com/plasticfreenorthdevon