WeSUP’s Plastic Free Policy

WeSUP is committed to reducing plastic usage and waste.

If you’ve ever been down to WeSUP HQ you may have gathered we’re slightly, obsessively in love with our home beach here at Gylly, and our beautiful little bit of ocean that we play in at every opportunity.

However, like everyone involved in coastal communities, we can’t ignore the dirty secret slipping and sneaking into every beach experience. Plastic pollution!

Our Falmouth coastline is a vibrant, living and breathing ecosystem, and we host fish, crabs, starfish, jellyfish, coastal birds, seals, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks, amongst a whole wealth of other life. But sadly we’re now also hosting plastic bottles, crisp packets, fishing wires and infinite other unidentifiable bits of plastic. As well as making our beach look a whole lot less scenic, this plastic is totally non-biodegradable and is sticking around a whole lot longer than we will be! That means it’s sinking to the sea floor and either animal get tangled in it, or it becomes very unhealthy snacks, which of course leads to their eventual death… NOT GOOD!

In response, we’ve worked with Plastic Free Falmouth to develop a plastic free policy, which we plan to regularly update and add to, as we put the points into action and learn more about the impact we have as a business.

Current policy and commitments:

  • Elimination of all plastic bottles and takeaway cups from WeSUP HQ
  • Wooden hangers to be used for retail stock instead of plastic.
  • Invest in larger canteens to transport water on longer trips, to eliminate the need for large plastic bottles of water.
  • Invest in club Tupperware to be used on trips, in case that club members do not have their own.
  • Have a digital check-in system to remove the need for many plastic pens.
  • Replace plastic pens with pencils and refillable pens where needed.
  • Work with suppliers to eliminate plastic from the supply chain. Make order notes to receive products without packaging. Commit to sending all plastic packaging back to suppliers.
  • Provide recycling facilities at WeSUP HQ for when necessary, this will be emptied at recycling point at Gyllyngvase Beach Car Park.
  • Run a monthly competition to encourage visitors to collect plastic when out on the water.
  • Spread awareness and educate tourists about the need and importance of the plastic-free movement.
  • Organise regular beach/ocean/river cleans as part of Club WeSUP activity roster

Business Responsibilities.

  • Enforce plastic-free principles by ensuring all staff understand the policy, and are confident to explain these to all club members and customers.
  • Make plastic-free policy into a visible, engaging poster that all visitors to WeSUP HQ are able to read and ask questions about.
  • Use social media presence to help spread positive, educational messages to update and inspire all followers.

Staff and Customer/Clubbie Responsibilities

  • No single-use plastic bottles or take away coffee cups to be brought into the premises. Reusable water bottles and cups may be used. Gylly Café is an official ReFill Cornwall location where bottles to be filled up.
  • When events such as BBQs require clubbies and staff to bring food and drink, where possible this should be decanted into Tupperware/reusable bottles, and plastic waste recycled at home. When this has not been the case, the in-store recycling facilities should be used.
  • For longer/overnight paddling trips, club members could arrange to share food and water in Tupperware boxes to save on space and waste. Ideally no plastic waste would be taken on the trip, to eliminate risk of leaving any refuse at camping/picnic spots.

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More information. 

If you’d like to know more about WeSUP’s commitment to the environment, please read our Environmental Policy, or contact us. If you’re interested in learning more about the plastic-free initiative please visit, Surfers Against Sewage, Falmouth Marine ConservationReFill, and The Last Straw.

WeSUP’s Environmental Policy

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Introduction 

WeSUP Paddleboard Centre does not consider its location on the Cornish coastline as something to take lightly. We are deeply invested in ensuring that we maintain strong positive environmental attitudes throughout our business development. This will be actioned by identifying key areas for improvement and developing appropriate plans in response.

The Business

Energy.

WeSUP will monitor and manage its use and consumption of energy. This can be done via limited use of lights in daylight hours, dimmer switches fitted, use of energy saving lightbulbs, all lights and electronic devices turned off when not in use.

Water.

WeSUP will endeavour to use water wisely and not waste water unnecessarily. Actions such as filling a bucket of water to clean wetsuits instead of running the hose and re-using water where possible will eliminate waste.

Transportation.

WeSUP conducts most of its activities from WeSUP HQ on Gylly Beach, therefore transport is not a major concern for the environmental policy. However, the staff are encouraged to walk/cycle to work, and where cars are unavoidable, lift sharing is practiced.

Stationary and Supplies.

WeSUP has committed to reducing plastic in its stationary and supplies. A digital check-in system will replace paper indemnity forms and plastic pens, wooden hangers replace plastic, and pencils and refillable pens will be used where needed. More on this can be found in the WeSUP Plastic Free Policy.

Improve Recycling/Minimise Waste.

WeSUP is installing 4 recycling bins in the shop, which will be well labeled and easily identifiable. These are to be used by all staff and visitors to WeSUP HQ. Waste will be minimized by educating staff and club members to reduce their individual waste. More on this can be found in the WeSUP Plastic Free Policy.

Dealing with Like-Minded Companies

WeSUP works with local charities and foundations to constantly improve its environmental policies. We also co-operate on projects such as beach cleans and education programs.

The Staff

Ownership of the environmental policy by WeSUP employees is a very important staff responsibility. We educate staff on our role in protecting the environment that we live and work in, with the hope that they can propagate this mentality throughout all customers and club members they interact with. Staff should feel glad to take on this responsibility, and not just obliged.

The People

WeSUP will work hard to share messages about protecting the environment through its social media presence. Visitors can be incentivized to do beach/ocean cleans through competitions and encouragement from the staff. Environmental and plastic free policies can be made important parts of club members’ experiences.

Authentication

This policy is authorized and agreed to by Sean White, the business owner 15/2/2018, and will be revisited in 6 months’ time to ensure that progress is being made.

About WeSUP

Adventure SUP…

WeSUP is the definitive Adventure SUP specialist. Having paddled all over the world over the last 9 years, we have used our unrivalled experience to offer sensational guided SUP tours and experiences in and around the majestic waterways of Falmouth, as well as pop-up expeditions in Norway and Scotland. We are also home to the only specialist Adventure SUP shop where you can buy and test ride the full range of Fanatic adventure stand up paddleboards and paddles. We also have a beautiful bespoke collection of high-end adventure gear that you will need to undertake your very own micro adventures. Fanatic, Finisterre, ION, Black & Blum and GSM Outdoors are just some of the incredible brands that we are lucky enough supply. Pop in to take a look or simply buy online.

SUP School…

Running alongside the Adventure centre is our world-class SUP school where you can enjoy seriously fun and rewarding beginner or advanced SUP lessons. Our dedicated and highly trained senior SUP instructors are famous for their passionate, patient and friendly approach to teaching and promise you a SUP experience you’ll be buzzing about for all very long time. We are an academy of sorts in that we offer you a simple progression method of advancing your skills from total beginner, right up to senior instructor. You really haven’t been taught until you learn from WeSUP.

Club WeSUP…

Finally, we are also home to one of the busiest and most dynamic SUP club’s in the country. With just over 150 members we enjoy an amazingly vibrant series of regular club activities which are free of any additional charge. Our activities are centred around SUP Fitness such as SUP Yoga and SUP interval training, as well as regular social paddles to our favourite snorkelling and cliff jumping spots, over night adventures and occasionally a trip to the pub! Club WeSUP is open to all and you don’t even need your own kit, we supply everything, just sign up and rock up!
Our Philosophy…

WeSUP stand for ‘We Stand Up Paddleboard’ and in fact, it’s all we do! It is our mission to inspire generations old and new on the wonders of our sensational sport and demonstrate it’s supreme accessibility and its many facets. We believe that everyone can and should stand up paddleboard. Whether it’s for mindfulness, fitness, relaxation, exploration, friendship forming or family time, this unique activity takes away almost all personal limitations and puts you in a sublime environment where you can take things at your own pace.

Being out on the ocean here in the sanctuary of Gylly Bay will lend you a unique perspective of our truly breath-taking stretch of coastline. Only a few places in the world can match its majesty but none more special to us than Gylly.