Skip the Plastic
Our mission for 2018 is to reduce our plastic footprint.
Thanks to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet documentary the past few years have been a turning point in highlighting the dangers of excess plastic on our planet
In 2018 we started our Skip the Plastic campaign which aims to encourage all of our guests to:
Wherever you see our Skip the Plastic logo you will see a commitment to reducing our plastic consumption. By doing this we hope to encourage all of our guests to do the same and alter their behaviour towards their use of plastic.
Steps we have taken to reduce our plastic footprint
- Stopped using bin liners in all guest bedrooms
- Only use degradable or compostable liners in communal bins
- Phasing out the sale of plastic products and replacing with non-plastic (and biodegradable) alternatives such as bamboo
- Stopped selling bottled water (see next point)
- Installed a water bottle refill point in lounge
- Ensure all plastic wrapping is returned to our linen company for recycling
- Replaced all our single-use laundry sachets with paper bags
- All of our BioD cleaning products are bought in large refill containers to minimise unnecessary use of plastic bottles
- We make our own glass cleaner to minimise purchasing of plastic containers
- All plastic bags we find are put in a box for guests to reuse
- We incentivise purchasing reusable coffee cups by offering free coffee refills
- Awareness posters and stickers throughout the hostel
St Ives Plastic-Free campaign
We are the founding members of the St Ives Plastic free Steering Group and have committed ourselves to drastically reducing our plastic footprint.
In conjunction with several other businesses in St Ives we have set up the Plastic Free St Ives Campaign: This campaign is part of the wider Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities initiative which encourages towns and cities across the UK to take positive action to eliminate single- use plastic. We built a steering group of local stakeholders to drive this campaign, create awareness, educate and work with the community to reduce plastic consumption.
We hope to earn St Ives Plastic Free accreditation by summer 2019.