Wesup's Plastic 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 environment and the beautiful stretches of water 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!
The coastlines and riverway where we operate are a vibrant, living and breathing ecosystem and between our centres you can experience all sorts of wildlife such as fish, crabs, starfish, jellyfish, coastal birds, seals, dolphins, porpoises and even basking sharks! But sadly we’re now also hosting plastic bottles, crisp packets, fishing wires and an infinite number of other unidentifiable bits of plastic. As well as making our environments 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 animals get tangled in it, or it becomes very unhealthy snacks, which can of course lead to their eventual death… NOT GOOD!
In response, we’ve worked with Plastic Free Falmouth and Plastic Patrol to develop a plastic free policy, which we plan to regularly update. We’ll put our plan into action and as we learn more about the impact we have as a business, our policy will evolve.
Current policy and commitments:
- Elimination of all single use plastic bottles and takeaway cups from Wesup.
- 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.
- 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.
- Provide recycling facilities at Wesup for when necessary
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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.
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 Conservation, ReFill, Plastic Patrol and The Last Straw.