|BASSETERRE (14TH February 2019): The Ministry of Tourism, in coordination with the Sustainable Destination Council (SDC), seeks to create a “Wave of Change” within St. Kitts and Nevis by targeting the problem of single use plastic for 2019.
“Single use plastic” refers to plastic items which are typically used once and discarded, such as plastic bags and bottles. Though used only once, these items and the chemicals they contain remain in our environment indefinitely.
Designated as the Plastic Free SKN campaign, residents of St. Kitts and Nevis will be made aware of plastic pollution and how it threatens marine life, our environment, our personal health, and, of course, poses a great threat to our tourism product. In addition, residents will be encouraged to develop plastic free habits, such as walking with a reusable bottle and carrying a reusable bag and testing their creativity with projects repurposing plastic.
Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, said that it was imperative that we use our collective efforts to keep our beaches and environment pristine.
“Every type of plastic material and plastic objects we use daily can be found on our beaches and in the ocean: shopping bags, straws, plastic bottles, coffee stirrers etc.,” Minister Grant said. “These items not only make the beaches unattractive, but they also destroy marine life. Litter-covered beaches are unattractive to our visitors, plastic pollution destroys our natural coral reefs.”