At Cornerway House, we have always been very concerned about our waste footprint and conserving the natural beauty of our world, Plettenberg Bay, in particular.
After hosting Zero Waste guru, Bea Johnson on her tour of South Africa last year and hosting exteme hiker, Antonio da Silva-Swart during his coastal clean-up hike along the Garden Route, we were inspired to re-double our efforts. We have this beautiful gift of a planet and we need to be the change that we want to see in moving towards a place where single-use plastics are not a part of our everyday lives.
So when Rhian Berning, of Eco Atlas, and Nature’s Valley Trust came together to form Renew Able Plett, we just had to find out more!
Renew Able Plett is a campaign for Plettenberg Bay, which incentivises, celebrates and supports businesses, community organisations and schools in reducing waste to landfill, going plastic free, recycling, composting and making eco bricks for community building projects. Creating healthier living systems, healthier lifestyles and local opportunities for renewable growth.
The long-term benefits will be less waste to landfill, saving the exorbitant cost of trucking waste to Mossel Bay, reducing litter and marine debris and its negative impact on ecosystems and putting Plett on the map as an eco friendly, proactive town with aims to go plastic free. All of which, we can only benefit our lovely town, its wildlife and natural environments and its people.
On World Environment Day, we gathered, with other interested businesses at Le Fournil de Plett coffee shop to learn more about reducing our waste and eliminating plastic. Rhian gave an inspired presentation and we became a part of a handful of businesses to be the first Renew Able Plett ambassadors!
We are proud to be able to say that we have instituted and/or continue to practice the following in our bed and breakfast, Cornerway House.
- We have given up plastic straws and plastic bags
- Committed to reducing our packaging consumption
We continue to seperate our kitchen waste, compost, reuse and recycle.