PLASTIC Free Lyme Regis (PFLR) is hoping to bring together businesses and local organisations for an open discussion on the practicalities and benefits of “going green”.
The campaign group will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, November 20 for all local businesses and organisations to attend, following on from its first business forum in March, attended by some 50 people.
Grenville Barr, chairman of PFLR, said: “This is an opportunity to share experiences over the past months and summer season, ask questions and swop ideas.
“We want to encourage more businesses to find ways to eliminate single-use plastics. Together we can improve and protect our environment to benefit our residents, business and visitors.”
With support from the council and community, the Plastic Free Lyme Regis campaign saw the town become the 24th in the country and first in Dorset to gain the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Communities award in June.
This month’s meeting will see the launch of a new award scheme for local supporters of the campaign, which will appeal to all kinds of businesses – from clothes and gift shops to offices to food sellers and cafes.
Mr Barr commented: “Many types of businesses are looking hard at their everyday practices and are finding ways to use reduce their drain on world resources.
“This could be ditching single-use plastics, or finding sustainable alternatives to energy use or sources for paper and importantly how to increase effective recycling.
“We want to recognise publicly all these local efforts to protect our environment for the future.”
With this award, PFLR wants to congratulate those local businesses who feel strongly about protecting our environment and are responding to customers who are also looking for environmentally-friendly solutions to the use of plastics and improved recycling.
For example, more than 20 local business support the ReFill scheme, which provides free tap water top ups for refillable water bottles.
“We want businesses and local organisations to come together to learn from each other, but also to look to the future with fresh ideas and commitment,” said Mr Barr.
Some business owners who have already put plans in place will talk about their experiences at the meeting.
All are invited to attend the meeting on Tuesday, November 20 at the Driftwood Café in Lyme Regis Baptist Church, with doors opening at 7.15 for a 7.30pm start.
Plastic Free Lyme Regis is a sub-group of Turn Lyme Green (TLG), which promotes sustainable living in Lyme Regis. Set up in 2007, TLG engages the community in environmental issues. It meets regularly to plan campaigns and events.