25th February is Skip the Straw Day. I have to admit, the day is a new one to me and it’s the first time I’ve come across it. It seems only right that awareness days like this exist so we can all be reminded of our own personal impact on the planet.
‘Skip the Straw’ was originally a project of the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation in the US to protect marine life by educating, encouraging and empowering communities to avoid single-use plastics, starting with plastic straws.
Now it’s gone global and there’s not many of us that are not aware of how damaging single use plastic is.
Why Does It Matter?
- Eight million tons of plastic enters the ocean every year.
- Plastic is made from unsustainable fossil fuels and every piece EVER made is STILL in our environment and toxic to marine life.
- Plastics impact marine life through entanglement, poisoning and starvation.
- It’s difficult to recycle straws so they end up in our landfills and oceans.
- A healthy ocean is critical for human health and wellbeing and working together to preserve and protect it creates stronger and healthier communities.
I’m pleased to say that we stopped using plastic straws at China Fleet a while ago, along with a range of environmental initiatives. We are committed to reducing plastic usage by supplying paper straws in our bars, charging for takeaway cups, encouraging the use and sale of reusable cups and supplying paper cups within our spa facility.
We source local food and drink where possible, recycle, use low energy lighting, have electric car charging points and we even have our own water treatment plant. We never take for granted our stunning location by the estuary and we’re proud to work closely with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust to provide bird-watching facilities on the Tamar. Our Woodland Fairy Trail and nature walk are designed to be fun and interactive to help children learn about the local wildlife.
Skip the Straw Day is a great reminder that we can never rest on our laurels and we all should play our part.
Ps. Feel free to go green and cycle to us and use our bike racks. Though don’t be too exhausted to do any exercise when you get here!
See you next week and see you at the Club soon,