Eco-friendly pack­ag­ing for chippy

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

RUB­BISH-STREWN beaches are an all too com­mon a sight over the sum­mer months.

But the own­ers of one pop­u­lar Barry Is­land chippy have be­come so dis­gusted by it that they are now spend­ing five times more on their pack­ag­ing to help tackle the prob­lem.

Bosses at fam­ily-run O’Shea’s Cafe and Take­away on Western Ar­cade have made the de­ci­sion to stop us­ing poly­styrene pack­ag­ing fol­low­ing owner Craig’s con­cern over its long-term im­pact on the beaches around him.

After tak­ing over the shop from his fa­ther and grand­fa­ther, the 45-year-old has now de­cided to switch to fully biodegrad­able card­board boxes, de­spite the sig­nif­i­cant ex­tra costs.

Craig, who took over the fam­ily busi­ness in 2001, said: “I’ve been aware of the prob­lems of poly­styrene trays that take-aways use and the dread­ful ef­fects on the beach and the sea and I just wanted to make a change in the pack­ag­ing we use.

“It’s bad for the en­vi­ron­ment and the fish in the sea and it’s go­ing to have some kind of im­pact on our in­dus­try at some point.”

Craig hopes the change will ben­e­fit his chil­dren if they de­cide to fol­low their dad’s foot­steps in the fam­ily busi­ness.

The dad-of-five added: “Un­for­tu­nately when we were look­ing at al­ter­na­tives the cost im­pact is huge, it’s five times more ex­pen­sive per item.

“We had to weigh up the cost as­pect but we cel­e­brated our 70th an­niver­sary last year.

“We have been a fam­ily busi­ness for the last 70 years and the way I look at it I have chil­dren so, from a moral stand­point, I want to do the right thing for them.

“I want to be here for an­other 70 years so we’ll ab­sorb the costs short­term.”

Craig was orig­i­nally in­spired to act after mak­ing a video with his chil­dren show­ing large amounts of rub­bish on Barry Is­land beach last year – an is­sue that was cov­ered by the Echo at the time and which helped prompt the pa­per’s Big Clean-up cam­paign.

Since then he has spent time re­search­ing dif­fer­ent pack­ag­ing op­tions be­fore suc­cess­fully tri­al­ing the new card­board boxes over the sum­mer.

He said: “I was on the beach walk­ing with my fam­ily and I was just shocked by the amount of rub­bish. That was the point where it was brought to my at­ten­tion how bad the prob­lem was.

“Barry Is­land is hugely pop­u­lar and when the weather is re­ally nice, tens of hun­dreds of peo­ple come. In the morn­ing it’s spot­less but when they leave peo­ple just leave lit­ter on the beach.”

While the fish and chip shop has used a com­bi­na­tion of card­board and poly­styrene boxes in the past, the switch to card­board will come into ef­fect next Satur­day.

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