As much of the island was recovering from Friday night’s Pirates Week kickoff celebration, 75 volunteers spent their Saturday morning combing the beach at Barkers in West Bay to collect more than 500 pounds of trash and recyclables.

The event was coordinated by Plastic Free Cayman, Red Sail Sports and Pirates Against Plastic in an effort to raise awareness regarding single-use plastic consumption.

Volunteers encountered hundreds of thousands of micoplastics, with an enormous amount of styrofoam embedded in the sargassum that washed ashore. Many volunteers commented that this beach in particular had more styrofoam than any other beach they had cleaned.

To help tackle this issue in Cayman, this week also marked the start of Plastic Free Cayman’s 3-4-5 pledge for individuals and businesses. The 3-4-5 pledge encourages consumers to be more of aware of their plastic consumption, as they pledge to take three actions immediately, four actions within the next six months, and five total actions this year, regarding the reduction of single-use plastics. Actions include such things as not using plastic straws or single-use plastic containers and bringing a reusable bag when shopping.

Leading the way, Brigita Nemet, owner of The Creperie and Lucky Slice in George Town, and Lana Hargrave, owner of Tukka in East End, became the first two businesses to sign the 3-4-5 pledge and receive platinum environmental status for their sustainability efforts.

They were acknowledged by both Plastic Free Cayman and the Captain Planet Foundation for their business model.

For more information regarding the 3-4-5 pledge, visit https://plasticfreecayman.com/345pledge.

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