Groups from across Cornwall, thanks to funding from the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project and The Big Lottery, are coming together to reduce our plastic pollution and litter levels by calling on people to make just one simple change – to choose tap water instead of buying plastic bottled water both at home and out and about. From the Looe Marine Conservation Group and Saltash Sustainability to Transition Truro and the Mounts Bay Marine Group, all areas of Cornwall will be shouting out this message.
Adults in Cornwall will use an estimated 64 million single-use plastic water bottles this year. With low local recycling rates, and a growing demand from industry to make bottles out of single-use plastic, the scale of plastic entering our waste streams is rapidly increasing and too much of this waste is littering our oceans and land. Escaped plastic harms wildlife through entrapment and once ingested it finds its ways into our food chain.