GOING green is good for business! That was the message at Turn Lyme Green’s latest meeting, where local business owners shared ideas and success stories on how they have become more environmentally friendly.
The meeting was held at the Driftwood Café in Lyme Regis Baptist Church on Tuesday evening, attended by a wide range of local businesses and eco-friendly organisations.
Guests were welcomed by Polly Benfield of Turn Lyme Green and Grenville Barr then gave an update on the organisation’s latest work, as well as that of Plastic Free Lyme Regis and some of the environmentally-friendly initiatives Lyme Regis Town Council is currently working on.
These include installing water refill taps on the seafront and electric car charging points in local car parks, as well as updating the town’s welcome signs to include the Plastic Free Lyme Regis logo.
The council has also given permission for the town’s sandy beach to be cleaned of nurdles – small pellets of plastic – during the Great Dorset Beach Clean in April using a trommel – a hand-operated cylindrical sieve which will be towed across the beach by a quad bike.
Several business owners spoke at the meeting about the initiatives they had undertaken to become more environmentally-friendly, with many saying the changes had proved popular with residents and visitors, with some people now seeking out green-minded businesses to support.
Many have won ‘Plastic Free’ awards from national charity Surfers Against Sewage, which also awarded Lyme Regis Plastic Free Community status in June 2018.
Those who shared stories included representatives from The Galley Café, Boylos Watersports, Advantage Digital Print, Albany B&B, Mulberry Manor and new electric taxi company Go Eco Cabs.
Litter Free Coast and Sea and Carbon Free Dorset also shared information on environmentally-friendly schemes local businesses could sign up to.
Some of the main issues discussed included funding alternatives to plastic products – especially now that it is thought compostable plastics, such as corn starch packaging and compostable bags, are just as bad for the environment as regular plastics.
Those attending also discussed the need for improved commercial recycling facilities and recycling bins on the seafront.