The battle between Cayman’s swashbuckling buccaneers and single-use plastics will continue at this year’s upcoming Pirates Week when the festival adopts biodegradable products made from sugarcane and cornstarch.

“Once again, we will be incorporating the ‘Pirates Against Plastic’ initiative this year,” said Pirates Week Executive Director Melanie McField. “We have worked extremely hard to put structures in place that allow us to reduce the use of plastics during the festival.”

Bagasse pulp, a by-product of processed sugarcane, is used to make biodegradable plates, bowls and cups which will be used in the food vending stalls at this year’s events. The introduction of bagasse products will be coupled with utensils made from cornstarch and the removal of plastic straws. Plastic gift bags have also been pulled from the gift stalls and stores at this year’s festival.

“All food vendors have been formally requested to use biodegradable food containers,” said McField. “We have ordered bagasse food containers and cornstarch cutlery, which the vendors get a certain amount of, as part of their stall purchase.”

The efforts to rid the festival of single-use plastics also extend beyond the food courts. During this year’s festivities, pirates will once again descend on Cayman’s public beaches in search of not so shiny ‘booty’.

“Once again, [we’ve] teamed up with Plastic Free Cayman to host a public beach clean-up for all residents,” said McField.

Cayman’s pirates may only hoist their colours and patrol the local waters once a year, but McField said that doesn’t stop them from being environmentally friendly.

She said, “Ocean conservation continues to be a key message for many organisations, and we are thrilled that the Pirates Week Festival can play its part in the global effort.”

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