The Working Boat in Falmouth joins other Cornish businesses by banning plastic straws in a bid to protect marine life.
Our Sustainability Manager Owen is taking the lead to promote being greener in the pub and encouraging others to do so too:
“It’s the little choices we make that will help big companies and supermarkets get their act together. I try to take my own container to the local butcher in town. And most fruit and vegetables have a natural protective outer layer so always pick up the loose items and ditch the bagged apples – soon the message will trickle up. If people you know need encouragement, take them down to one of Cornwall’s beaches after a big storm. The amount of plastic on these days never stops shocking me.
I think people are really getting behind the message of reducing disposable plastic. So hopefully Falmouth will be straw free soon and Cornwall could be a world leader in plastic reduction by the end of the year. What I hope is that the message and publicity sticks as the problem is huge, but fixable.
The Working Boat is already a registered water refill station and I hope to have more extensive recycling system in place soon. The next step is to do an audit of the products we use and replace all the pointless plastic I can find in different departments. There are also other issues, such as only using sustainably sourced seafood, to help protect Cornwall’s unique marine life.”
The Working Boat is open daily 10am – close.