The 1st ‘Plastic Free Beach’ in Limassol & the 4th by the ‘Keep our Sand and Sea Plastic Free’ project was launched on Tuesday 21st of March 2023. It encourages & facilitates its visitors to avoid the use of single-use plastic during their stay at the beach.This is the 2nd ‘Plastic Free Beach’ funded by IUCN & the Fondation Didier et Martine Primat. It is also the 2nd ‘Plastic Free Beach’ with the New Branding funded by the Cyprus Environment Foundation (CEF). We are grateful for our sponsors & the support of the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, Community Council of Pyrgos, Limassol, & the St Raphael Resort & Marina.
According to Greek Mythology Aris was the god of war, so we are proud to introduce Aris – our mascot for our fight against plastic pollution in our seas.
The Plastic Free Beach Provides the following:
- Water Refill Station with Cold, Filtered & Free Water – so just remember to bring your refillable bottle from home & you are covered for the day!
- Awareness Raising Signs
- A smoking area with 2 upcycled ashtrays & an accompanying upcycled bench with space for local plants suitable for the beach. 34 kg of plastic waste were used for the fabrication of the bench & 13 kg for each of the ashtrays!
The ‘Plastic Free Beach’ concept is an idea of the “Keep Our Sand and Sea Plastic Free, Destination Zero Plastic in Cyprus” Project. The Project aims to bring together tourists, tourism businesses and residents to cut consumption of single-use plastic in coastal regions so that less plastic ends up in the sea reducing plastic pollution. It is an initiative of the TUI Care Foundation in partnership with the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI).