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Sam Dean at the Jubilee Café in Penzance with some of the reusable glass coffee cups he sells.

UK - Is It Really Possible To Go 'Plastic Free'? This Town Is Showing The World How.

Penzance, a coastal town in England, achieved "plastic free" accreditation in 2017, since then more than 100 other communities have done the same.

As waves crash against the art deco wall of Jubilee Pool in the one of the country’s most westerly coastal towns, Sam Dean is talking about single-use plastics. Specifically, how to wean people off them.

Dean is the food and beverage manager of the Jubilee Pool Café, which calls itself a ”single use plastic free venue.” Customers will find no plastic straws, cups or cutlery here. Instead there are wooden stirrers, cornstarch straws, and disposable coffee cups made out of a biodegradable material. The café also sells glass to-go mugs.

“There’s a shame associated with individually wrapped things, and by moving the focus towards reusables we’re enhancing the customer experience whilst improving the quality and provenance of products on offer,” said Dean.

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