Plastic-free Penzance

How Penzance became Plastic-free.

While Padstow and Falmouth attract the hoards, Penzance is the UK’s first plastic free town and it’s commitment should appeal to the conscious traveller.

It’s a windy weekend in April. As I queue up for a warming cuppa in my Keepcup at XX on Long Rock beach, the wind cracks a Surfers Against Sewage sign like a gunshot and windcheater wrapped people make their way back and forward across the sand, picking up a tiny percentage of the 5,000 bits of plastic found for every mile around the Brtiish coastline.

With typically British persistence one bearded gentleman tries to cook hotdogs on a barbeque despite the gusts and grey skies.

Last July Penzance in Cornwall became the first Plastic Free Community in the UK, as designated by Surfers Against Sewage, one of the charities leading the fight against plastic pollution.

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