WeSUP is committed to reducing plastic usage and waste.
If you’ve ever been down to WeSUP HQ you may have gathered we’re slightly, obsessively in love with our home beach here at Gylly, and our beautiful little bit of ocean that we play in at every opportunity.
However, like everyone involved in coastal communities, we can’t ignore the dirty secret slipping and sneaking into every beach experience. Plastic pollution!
Our Falmouth coastline is a vibrant, living and breathing ecosystem, and we host fish, crabs, starfish, jellyfish, coastal birds, seals, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks, amongst a whole wealth of other life. But sadly we’re now also hosting plastic bottles, crisp packets, fishing wires and infinite other unidentifiable bits of plastic. As well as making our beach look a whole lot less scenic, this plastic is totally non-biodegradable and is sticking around a whole lot longer than we will be! That means it’s sinking to the sea floor and either animal get tangled in it, or it becomes very unhealthy snacks, which of course leads to their eventual death… NOT GOOD!
In response, we’ve worked with Plastic Free Falmouth to develop a plastic free policy, which we plan to regularly update and add to, as we put the points into action and learn more about the impact we have as a business.
Current policy and commitments:
- Elimination of all plastic bottles and takeaway cups from WeSUP HQ
- Wooden hangers to be used for retail stock instead of plastic.
- Invest in larger canteens to transport water on longer trips, to eliminate the need for large plastic bottles of water.
- Invest in club Tupperware to be used on trips, in case that club members do not have their own.
- Have a digital check-in system to remove the need for many plastic pens.
- Replace plastic pens with pencils and refillable pens where needed.
- Work with suppliers to eliminate plastic from the supply chain. Make order notes to receive products without packaging. Commit to sending all plastic packaging back to suppliers.
- Provide recycling facilities at WeSUP HQ for when necessary, this will be emptied at recycling point at Gyllyngvase Beach Car Park.
- Run a monthly competition to encourage visitors to collect plastic when out on the water.
- Spread awareness and educate tourists about the need and importance of the plastic-free movement.
- Organise regular beach/ocean/river cleans as part of Club WeSUP activity roster
- Enforce plastic-free principles by ensuring all staff understand the policy, and are confident to explain these to all club members and customers.
- Make plastic-free policy into a visible, engaging poster that all visitors to WeSUP HQ are able to read and ask questions about.
- Use social media presence to help spread positive, educational messages to update and inspire all followers.
Staff and Customer/Clubbie Responsibilities
- No single-use plastic bottles or take away coffee cups to be brought into the premises. Reusable water bottles and cups may be used. Gylly Café is an official ReFill Cornwall location where bottles to be filled up.
- When events such as BBQs require clubbies and staff to bring food and drink, where possible this should be decanted into Tupperware/reusable bottles, and plastic waste recycled at home. When this has not been the case, the in-store recycling facilities should be used.
- For longer/overnight paddling trips, club members could arrange to share food and water in Tupperware boxes to save on space and waste. Ideally no plastic waste would be taken on the trip, to eliminate risk of leaving any refuse at camping/picnic spots.
If you’d like to know more about WeSUP’s commitment to the environment, please read our Environmental Policy, or contact us. If you’re interested in learning more about the plastic-free initiative please visit, Surfers Against Sewage, Falmouth Marine Conservation, ReFill, and The Last Straw.