Plastic-Free West Wales!
As many of you may be aware from the National media coverage of our local village Aberporth working towards becoming a Plastic-Free town, the principles of Zero Waste and Plastic Free have swept through the UK since the New Year. The concerns raised by Sir David Attenborough's Blue Planet II series about how plastics are infiltrating marine ecosystems have really hit home in our coastal communities, and galvanized many changes for the better.
Molly & I helped out at Llangrannog on a beach clean last week - it rained rather a lot!
With many local groups being set up, there have been numerous beach and village cleans, and many businesses are switching from single-use plastics to more sustainable materials. Cafes, restaurants, pubs, and many more outlets are making small changes which together will make a huge contribution to reducing plastic waste finding its way into our waters and being washed up on our beaches. This has been an amazing switch, and one which has encouraged people to turn their back on supermarkets and use local bakers, butchers, vegetable growers and even buy their daily pintas in glass milk bottles! STOP PRESS - Aberporth were featured on BBC1 The One Show last week, winning a Plastic Free Communities Award!!
Here at The Cwtch, we too are making big changes to work towards a more Zero Waste, Plastic Free lifestyle.
So, if you revisit this year, or visit us for the first time, you may notice a few little changes here and there:
Local hardwood logs replacing the bags of logs in net bags previously supplied for the woodburner
Solid soap from Lush and local suppliers rather than liquid soap in the shower room
Milk supplied in reusable glass bottles rather than in plastic bottles
Bread supplied from bakeries using paper bags or home-baked bread
If you book through booking.com, the Continental Breakfast supplied will now contain fresh fruit and home-made natural yogurt rather than fruit yogurts purchased in plastic pots
Reusable beeswax wraps by local maker Funky Green Bee replacing cling film where jugs or dishes of items in welcome packs require covering
Gradual replacement of cleaning materials with those purchased in bulk as refills
So, hopefully The Cwtch at Caerwedros will be contributing in our small wasy to a more plastic-free, zero-waste environment in the Teifi Valley and Cardigan Bay!