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SODAP Plastic Free Beach

Welcome to the 1st ‘Plastic Free Beach’ of Pafos!

Vrysoudia A Beach, also known as SODAP Beach, is the 1st ‘Plastic Free Beach’ in the Pafos district to join the ‘Plastic Free Beach’ Network and the 7th at the national level. The ‘Plastic Free Beach’ concept is to organise a beach that encourages and facilitates its visitors to avoid the use of single-use plastic during their stay at the beach.

What can you do?

  • Bring Your Refillable Water Bottle
  • Use the available Water Station for Cold, Filtered and Free Water
  • Avoid straws or bring your reusable one
  • Bring Your Reusable Cup
  • If you smoke, use the smoking area and the available ashtrays
  • RETHINK YOUR ACTIONS

The facilities on the beach follow the new Branding funded by the Cyprus Environment Foundation (CEF). We are Very Grateful to all the supporters of this initiative, which are the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the Municipality of Pafos, and the Pafos Regional Board of Tourism.

 The launch of the beach is on Thursday, 23 May 2024, and the event is under the auspices of the Office of the Commissioner of Environment. We truly hope you will join us – the invitation can be found at the bottom of this page.  

Special thanks for ‘Hope’, the amazing artwork, created by students (2023-24) from The International School of Paphos (ISOP) and painted by ISOP Eco School Coordinator Marina Sophia Flevotomas for the scope of the project with 300 plastic bottles retrieved during the Eco Club Beach Clean-ups.

 

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!
  • Smoking area with 2 upcycled ashtrays to park your cigarette butts in & 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! 
  • Awareness Raising Signs
  • Umbrella signs to inform you about the beach
  • Artwork created with 300 plastic bottles
  • Branded refillable water bottles will be given at the launch event of SODAP ‘Plastic Free Beach’.  

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). 

Join us for the Pafos Launch Event & sign up here: https://bit.ly/4aaapQJ

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