No place for pointless plastic

Keep our sand and sea plastic free

KEEP OUR SAND AND SEA PLASTIC FREE

We are bringing together tourists, tourism businesses and residents to cut consumption of single-use plastic in coastal regions.

THE PROBLEM WITH PLASTIC

What is the point of single-use plastic? Only 16% of it is recycled, and too much reaches the sea where it harms marine ecosystems.
Ayia Napa, Protaras and the wider Famagusta region of Cyprus is well known for its beautiful beaches, an important resource for both tourism and local wildlife.

However…

The Mediterranean Sea has one of the highest levels of plastic pollution in the world
80% of rubbish collected on Cyprus beaches is plastic waste.
If nothing changes, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish.

This new initiative will bring together tourists, tourism businesses and residents across the region to cut consumption of single-use plastic so that less of it enters the waste stream

This will include:

Training and advising

Training and advising hotel staff on how to use less plastic.

Changing procurement

Changing practices in hotels and businesses to avoid single-use plastic.

Raising awareness

Raising awareness of the problem with residents and tourists to gain support.

Changing
behaviour

Encouraging local people to cut out single-use plastic.

our targets

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reduction in targeted single-use plastic items procured by tourism businesses

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of residents and tourists increase awareness of single-use plastic problem

Resources

Organisations who sign up to take part in this initiative will have access to online resources. These will include:

- Plastic Free Hotel Training Toolkit to help hotels to reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste created by hotel operations
- Powerpoint presentation ready-made presentation enabling hotels to make basic changes and educate staff
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Atlantica Sancta Napa Hotel Ayia Napa

More resources will be added as the project gets underway.

get involved

why sign up?

  • Protect the beautiful coastal environment on which tourism depends
  • Get ahead of upcoming EU regulation which will ban several single use plastic items
  • Save money by reducing procurement of unnecessary plastics and avoiding disposal of waste
  • Build a green reputation for hotels and businesses in Ayia Napa and Protaras
  • Raise your profile through publicity associated with the campaign, and feature on the partners web page

what does it involve?

Public sector organisations

Help communicate the campaign to local residents, for instance by including information in newsletters, utilities bills and at public events.

hotels and tourism businesses

Use a toolkit which will help you reduce procurement of single-use plastics. It will offer guidance on changing operational practices and communicating with guests

Use the campaign materials to educate tourists on why we are trying to go plastic-free (and thereby reduce demand for plastic items in your hotel, bar or restaurant).

We will support you to train staff on best practices – eg not using plastic bags for laundry, creating water refill stations, not using plastic straws and so on.

contact us

Please register your interest here.

For any enquiries, please contact Panagiota Koutsofta at p.koutsofta@sandseaplasticfree.org

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