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Giving it a go
April 5, 2012 - 1:00 pm

A local prime location busy beach restaurant wants to meet up with me to talk environment…

I have one chance! I´m asking:  What would you take along to show, discuss with him?

I know he wants to do beach cleans. As well, I want to suggest:

  • Not handing out straws unless asked.
  • Not putting takeaways in plastic bags (he has sourced boxes that are not plastic!) 
  • Having an outdoor refill water tap. With sign.
  • Possible taking the 33cl bottled water off.
  • (having worked in restaurants I know this is the tip of the iceberg! But start slowly I´m thinking)

I am in Portugal, there is a small village buzz about plastic pollution, though not much! This is a prime location restaurant, ran by a local who could influence others. He has started a vegetable patch, & is even considering digging up his whole garden to grow more!  He is keen!  

I don´t want to send him running for the hills, but I do want to let him know how much he could do by refusing to give out such plastic in the first place, rather than just picking it off the beach. 

Thank you in advance!


Their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Restaurante-Praia-Arrifana/344237115615723?ref=ts

Beth Terry
409 Posts
April 5, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Hi Michelle.  These are some great ideas to start off with.  Like you said, you don’t want to overwhelm him. To get more ideas, you might check the website of the Green Restaurant Association.  If you click on each of the 7 categories, you will see action items under each one.



Silverpaw Dragonsong
April 6, 2012 - 6:40 am

Just a quick note on plastic caps.  You may already be aware, but if you save the plastic caps from anything, you can then take them to any Aveda Lifestyles salon for recycling.

April 9, 2012 - 7:33 am

What a cool opportunity!  One thing you could do is take an hour to pick up trash on the beach, and show him how much trash you found from restaurants like his (plastic bags, straws, forks, whatever).  Just to help him visualize the problem.  Good luck!

Giving it a go
April 10, 2012 - 8:07 am

Thank you. I´m in Portugal, so I don´t think there´s a top recycling system.  Cleaning an hour before is a great idea. Ironically he´s in a bay & it doesn´t collect nearly the amount of plastic our other beaches do. Still, a lot though! I do have photos I can take & I´ll get info off of PPC site.


That sights an eye opening Beth! Gees loads of things I wouldn´t of thought of.


Meeting him tomorrow, I´ll let you know how it goes! 

Giving it a go
April 24, 2012 - 8:52 am

I have a warm feeling after being there today. Glass bottles of free tap water on the tables & no straws being given out unless people ask. He´s also ordered paper bags for takeaways. They alone cost him 2,500€  60cents each… 

We are going to put a logo I´ve designed up & he even said about getting it done huge & putting it on the road at the top & bottom down to the beach….


Woooooooo!!  Cool

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