Beautiful island but off the pace on recycling
We were fortunate enough to enjoy five days in Bermuda recently. We loved the beautiful scenery, lovely weather, friendly people, and amazing turquoise seas — and would love to visit again.
However, we were surprised at the lack of environmental awareness, especially for such a developed economy. There was very little recycling — not even of paper — and single-use plastics were widespread.
We particularly noticed the unthinking use of plastic bags. For instance, in one shop we bought a single fridge magnet and were made to feel peculiar because we turned down a plastic bag to carry it in.
Given that most things have to be imported on to the island, we expected a more enlightened attitude towards the use of finite resources.
Bermuda has a wealth of advantages and we urge you to add to those by engaging more actively in tackling the environmental challenges that all countries now face.
JENNIFER BUTT and BERNHARD ELBING
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