Beyond Plastic Bermuda announced the launch of “Beyond Plastic Champions”, a program for Bermuda businesses.

A spokesperson said, “The Beyond Plastic Champions program aims to recognize and encourage organizations in all industries on the island to take steps to reduce their use of single-use plastics.

“In support of the imminent Bermuda government single-use plastic law, Beyond Plastics is encouraging companies to take the first step and commit to removing single-use plastic from their operations.

“The government’s intention is to ban 12 categories of items in the near future. It’s not an easy change, but it’s essential to our community. But we also have the opportunity to demonstrate how communities can achieve a plastic-free life, attractive to travelers seeking healthy and sustainable destinations.”

Beyond Plastic’s Katie Berry added: Our lives depend on eliminating single-use plastic. It’s bad for the environment, it’s bad for our health, and it’s a legacy we don’t want to leave to our children, grandchildren, and future generations to solve.

“So far, the business response to this campaign has been phenomenal. We have worked with over 50 companies to achieve champion status. We are grateful to be Beyond Plastic Champions and their participation encourages people to enjoy the convenience of single-use plastics in support of better choices for our environment, our health and our islands. It helps build the wave of change needed to encourage renunciation.

Bacardi, a major sponsor of Beyond Plastic, was the first company to achieve Champion status. Douglas Mello, Managing Director of Bacardi’s Bermuda office, said:

“Doing the right thing in the long term and looking for sustainable alternatives to plastic will lead to positive environmental change that will create a healthier future for our communities. As a champion of change beyond plastic. , we want to encourage local businesses to join this impactful environmental campaign and help end plastic pollution.”

A spokesperson said: The Audubon Society, Bermuda National Trust, Making Waves, Hamilton Trust, Cassine, Strata-G, and Dolphin Quest have all qualified by meeting the Champion’s requirements.

“Champions will receive a champion badge to display on their website, social media and advertising, as well as a decal to display on their premises. Beyond Plastic will promote their champions on its website, social media and newspaper ads.

“To inquire about how your business can qualify to be a Beyond Plastic Champion, please contact or visit their website for more information and to find out more about your business. Check your status by visiting .. There are up to three levels of ‘champion’ status available, depending on the type of business. This is because we recognize that it may take longer for certain companies to go completely single-use plastic-free.

“BPB is encouraging communities to support these businesses by reducing their consumption of single-use plastic, even one item at a time. Let’s start by saying no to our water and beverage bottles, coffee cups and pods.Visit their website for many alternatives and easy replacements for single-use plastic. See what you can do.”

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