BOYLOS Watersports on Lyme Regis seafront is the latest local business to receive a Plastic Free Champions Award from charity Surfers Against Sewage.
With a business so closely connected to the ocean, staff at Boylos – which is owned by local couple Murray and Ellie Saunders – were inspired by the BBC’s recent documentary ‘Blue Planet II’ to take action to tackle plastic waste.
Izzy Sibley from Boylos Watersports said: “The ever growing plastic revolution got us thinking, what can we, a bunch of surf girls and paddle boarders, do to combat such a huge issue with our small business operation? Each one of us is passionate about living green at home, so how could we translate this over to our work lives too?
“It won’t come as a shock that being a watersports business means we love our ocean. Being on the seafront, we have the privilege of front row seats all day, everyday so feel we need to be an example to those around us.”
Over the last few months, staff at Boylos have been analysing all aspects of the business to see where they could reduce their carbon footprint and have made a commitment to run as sustainably as possible.
Changes have included installing LED light bulbs to save energy and money and using an energy efficient fan heater.
Boylos does not supply plastic bags to customers and instead uses recycled paper bags which staff print by hand with their logo. Online orders are also wrapped in brown paper and sealed with paper tape.
Izzy added: “We know that however small, our actions make a difference, especially if we can encourage others to do the same. So we have set about making changes around the shop to tackle our plastic and energy consumption and our waste.
“We have even begun to introduce our own line of ethical and sustainable clothing designed in house and printed by hand. We are hoping these easy but important steps we have taken will inspire other businesses to do the same.
“One of our biggest struggles in the fight against plastic is our suppliers. Pretty much every one of our suppliers sends our products each individually wrapped in plastic. To combat this, we try and dispose of the plastic responsibly and send emails with pictures to the suppliers of the quantities of plastic packaging that comes with every delivery. We hope if we bug them enough, they’ll do something about it! Where we can, we also send the plastic back to the suppliers.
“As much as possible we try to partner with environmentally-minded brands. As a result, a large amount of our clothing is organic cotton which means it is grown without chemicals and pesticides which poison the land. We even have some clothing made from recycled plastic!
“We are always checking out ways we can be even greener! In the coming months we are hoping to replace our diesel van with an electric car for all our business-related trips to help reduce our carbon footprint. We know that even though our changes are small, we can make a huge difference.”
Speaking on their recent award from national charity Surfers Against Sewage, Izzy continued: “We have recently been awarded with the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Champion award for our efforts and we couldn’t be more stoked! We have also been hugely supported by our local Plastic Free Lyme Regis group who have been a huge encouragement.”
To find out more about Boylos’ efforts to go plastic free, visit www.boylos.co.uk/blogs/lifestyle/boylos-watersports-plastic-free-champions/
Lyme Regis launched a campaign to go ‘plastic free’ at the beginning of 2018 and in June received a Plastic Free Communities award from Surfers Against Sewage, a grassroots movement that has grown into one of the UK’s most active and successful environmental charities.
Other businesses in Lyme Regis to receive the Plastic Free Champions Award include The Galley Kitchen, Red Panda, Amid Giants and Idols, Lyme’s Fish Bar, Baboo Gelato and SWIM.
For more details on the Plastic Free Lyme Regis campaign, visit www.plasticfreelyme.uk