Sikinos first Greek island to ban plastic straws

In a bid to protect the marine environment, the island of Sikinos will be the first in Greece to ban plastic straws and replace them with reusable or biodegradable kinds. Local authorities, businesses and residents have agreed to join the program “Sea Change” by the Caterina Laskaridis Foundation, which will provide them with alternatives to plastic straws.

The cooperation between the municipality of Sikinos and Laskaridis Foundation was launched in a ceremony on Sunday, May 20th, at the European Day for the Sea.

The Sikinos Municipality invited residents and businesses on the island to help change their habits and reduce the global pollution.

Sikinos will welcome the summer as the first “Plastic Straw Free” island in Greece.

The Sea Change program is scheduled to be implemented on more Greek islands over the next few months.

Every year at least eight million tons of plastic end up in the worlds seas, with millions of birds and sea creatures dying due to the ingestion of plastic and rubbish.

 

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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