FISHERMEN and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is congratulating the people Castara Village in Tobago on banning the use plastic and styrofoam food containers despite no legislation to enforce such a ban.
In a release FFOS stated: “The rest of the country and our Cabinet should take example!
“Despite this Government’s expired promise to ban Styrofoam containers from January 2019, Styrofoam is still being widely used as food containers all over our country.
The release stated: “The welcome wave of environmental awareness and consciousness has brought serious public health and environmental concerns into the limelight, opening doors for suppliers and manufactures of ‘biodegradable’ food packages.
It said, “But are all of these so-called ‘environmentally friendly’ plastic alternatives really safe for human health or the environment?”
It stated, “Internationally, questions have been raised about ‘biodegradable’ labels on plastic bags and food containers which encourage naive assumptions that switching to biodegradable plastics could reduce plastic pollution and that it’s safer for the environment.
“FFOS has dug deeper and is concerned about what we have found …that styrofoam/ plastic food packaging alternatives can create new risks to public health.”