A new reusable drinking bottle has been launched by partners in Plymouth as part of a campaign to reduce single use plastics in the city.
The new Britain’s Ocean City and One Plymouth branded bottles are now available to buy at shops across the city. They were officially launched by delegates at the International Marine Parks Conference, organised by the Blue Marine Foundation.
The bottles are one of a number of projects, led by the multi-agency Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce, to tackle plastic pollution in the city. The bottles follow the success of the reusable plastic coffee cups which were also developed by One Plymouth and Redrok. Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet used the reusable cups for the first time at their first Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 5 June, which was World Environment Day.
Scott Grenney from One Plymouth said: “Since the launch in April 2018 of the universal reusable One Plymouth Cup, David Williams of Redrok and I, have been overwhelmed with the response.
“The One Plymouth Cup campaign is helping to highlight the issues and reduce the number of single use throwaway cups in the city, whilst also encouraging footfall to local shops who are offering hot drink discounts.
“Furthermore, 25p from each cup sold is donated to the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) to support their marine conservation agenda. Businesses are also providing cups to their staff to help tackle the ever growing mountain of waste produced by the 2.5 billion coffee cups that are thrown away every year in the UK with only 1 cup in every 400 being recycled.
“We are now launching a new reusable drinking bottle together with Plymouth City Council to further reduce single use plastic use across the city.”
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for StreetScene and the Environment for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are delighted to help launch the new reusable plastic drinking bottles for Plymouth – the reusable cups that were recently launched have already sold 3,000 so I hope the bottles will be equally popular.
“Residents and our partners in Plymouth have really taken on board the importance of getting rid of single use plastics and this is just one of the ways you can get involved – if we all do our bit it can make a huge difference. We hope that as many people buy the bottles as possible and move away from disposable bottles. It also supports our Plan For Plastics which we will also be launching this week.”
Roger Maslin, CEO of the National Marine Aquarium, said: “The Oceans are vitally important to the health of our planet; as people are becoming more aware of the effects of plastics on them, it’s fantastic that Plymouth is at the forefront and taking the initiative to tackle the issue. As a marine conservation charity, we rely on donations to continue our mission to connect us with our Oceans. The donations from the reusable cup and now the reusable bottles will help support our conservation and education programme which entertains, engages and inspires an average of 30,000 students each year. We have long-term initiatives in place to continue our conservation pathway, promoting those necessary pro-Ocean behaviours to achieve real positive outcomes and long lasting Ocean change.”
Activities are happening throughout the week, look out for #PlasticsPledgePlym and #DoingMyBit to find out more.
For details of stockists in Plymouth visit www.oneplymouth.co.uk/one-plymouth-cup
For more information on Plymouth’s work to tackle single use plastics visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/plastics