People, living in and around East Haven have decided to take up the challenge of eliminating single use plastic in an effort to raise awareness about the damage it is causing the environment and to reduce waste. It is no easy feat because plastic is
so much a part of our daily lives to the extent that we don't always know we are even using it. Tea bags, being a case in point as they contain polypropylene which helps them keep their shape. Apparently more than 9 tonnes of plastic waste is created every
year in the UK from tea bags alone. We have now been holding litter picks and beach cleans for 25 years so we are well aware of just how much plastic waste is being produced. We realise that every person on the planet has a responsibility to stop using
single use plastic items and use materials which are reusable and eco-friendly.
In 2015 we developed a sustainability strategy for the village which now links with Scotland's 2020 outcomes for Biodiversity, Sustainable Scotland themes and the United
Nations Global Goals. Linking to higher level outcomes in this way helps us, as ordinary citizens to undertsand that every action we take on a personal or village level contributes directly to improving the world on a global scale. In other words, acting locally,
thinking globally and what we do today influences how the next generation will live.
In the future, we hope that sustainable new bio-plastics will replace the damaging plastics which are currently in use. However, we are acting today to do what
we can to eliminate single use plastics, reduce waste and use sustinable products.