The growing awareness of the damage plastics do to our environment, animals and our health is stirring conversation about plastic pollution in Barbados, yet, unfortunately, we still have a very long way to go to beat our addiction to plastic in the island.

Slow Food Barbados is committed to the reduction of plastic pollution, as we continue to highlight the effects it has on our oceans, soils, food system and health.

Plastic Free Partying

As Barbadians gear up for the Crop Over season, we will see hundreds of parties and limes popping up all over the island. That’s why we’re initiating the #PlasticFreePartying social media campaign for the month of July (and onwards!) as a challenge and reminder to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle your plastic over the summer.

Our campaign ties in with Plastic Free July, the annual challenge to say no to single use, is a concentrated effort to give up single-use plastic for the month, with the support of the Marine Conservation Society.

Plastic Free July started in Australia in 2011, but now it has spread to millions of participants in over 200 countries.

So what do you have to do for #PlasticFreePartying?

It’s simple: Give up using single-use plastic – as in plastic you use once – and throw away, for the whole month of July!

That means thinking about not just your straws, plastic cups, plastic cutlery and food containers, but also plastic bags from the supermarket and so on.

Join in the conversation by sharing ways in which you’re cutting down on your plastic by using #plasticfreepartying on Facebook and Instagram.

We will be talking about ways in which you can practice refusing, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic, where you can find zero waste alternatives in Barbados, as well as other resources which may make it easier to live more sustainably in Barbados.

By encouraging people to be more aware of their plastic use, we can create a cleaner world for generations to come. We hope you join us in the fight to beat plastic pollution in Barbados!