Barbados says no to single us plastic with a complete ban

Iconic Caribbean island Barbados is stepping up and saying no to single use plastic

Georgina Wilson-Powell 15 February 2019

Travel to Barbados after 1 April 2019 and you might notice something missing. Single use plastic (from petroleum) will be made illegal on the paradise island in a forward thinking move that will really set the island apart from its neighbours.

It joins the ranks of countries like Kenya and Costa Rica in banning plastic pollution. 

Last year Barbados welcomed nearly 700,000 British travellers, so it's taking the step to protect its marine life and stunning coastline by banning the import, creation and sale of single use plastic (aside from where it is needed for hygiene, pharmaceuticals

“Barbados has to be a value-driven country. We have large expectations for ourselves. We have said that we want to be fossil fuel free by 2030; we want to have a renewable platform; we want to be a country that when we speak to the world we speak as an environmentally friendly country and destination," says the Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey.

Cheryl Carter, UK Director of the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc, added: "Plastic contributes to the contamination of our marine species and the water surrounding our beautiful island. Banning single-use plastics goes some way to ensuring the protection of our pristine beaches and crystal clear waters that we are famous for. Continuing to attract guests is our priority as we seek to enhance our sustainable credentials and continue to be an environmentally friendly destination.”

The ban feeds into other existing conservation efforts that can be found on the island, like the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, which has been involved in the conservation of the endangered marine turtle species for more than 25 years. Barbados is currently home to the second-largest hawksbill turtle nesting population in the Caribbean, with up to 500 nesting females per year.

Resorts and hotels are also getting in on the action, Carlisle Bay in the south west of Barbados has recently become a designated marine-protected area, so that swimmers, snorkellers and divers can enjoy the island's coral reefs. 

Georgina Wilson-Powell 15 February 2019

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