Grenada Bans Styrofoam and Single Use Plastic
We are thrilled to announce that Grenada has banned polystyrene, commonly referred to as “Styrofoam” on the island! From 1 September 2018 importation of polystyrene was banned. The sale of these items were banned from 1 March, 2019. Styrofoam is commonly used for takeaway beverage and food containers across the islands of the tri-island state of Grenada. There are already ecologically-friendly biodegradable products being used by many vendors and restaurants.
Environmental groups and residents created great deal of pressure for the change, including campaigns and petitions, which led to the decision by our forward-thinking government leaders. These new laws will help everybody in their efforts to support the aspirational message of Pure Grenada!
From 1 February 2019 there was a ban implemented on the use of single-use shopping bags, plastic cutlery, and plastic straws. Shops and food vendors had 10 months in which to use up the last of their single-use plastic supplies. We are thrilled to see the whole country embrace the move to ‘greener’ options!
Grenada is home to outstanding natural beauty, with its many beaches, waterfalls, and soaring mountains with cloudforest & rainforest regions. The creation and enforcement of these new laws complement the country’s anti-littering laws. Toghether, they can serve to benefit the residents and visitors.
How Can You Help?
Why not slip a string bag or compact folding shopping bag or two into your case for use during your travels? Or bring a reusable water bottle and straw! Small actions like this would definitely help Grenada Go Green(er)! While you are planning your trip, please consider helping us Pack for a Purpose – thanks!