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La'al Ratty bans single-use plastics from it cafes

Published on: Thursday 23rd August 2018

A popular railway is doing its bit for the environment by banning plastic from its cafes.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – known as La’al Ratty – has removed single-use plastics from its Turntable Café at Ravenglass and Fellbites at Dalegarth station in Boot.

Instead, it will use paper straws, replace plastic drinks bottles with glass, cartons and cans, and remove sauce sachets.

Wooden compostable cutlery will be used and all takeaway coffee cups and food boxes will be plastic-free and recyclable.

The railway has also signed up to the national Refill campaign, which supports water refill points all over the country.

All refill points can be located using a free app where users can collect tokens to earn a free reusable water bottle.

Attractions manager Lisa Braithwaite said: “We want to do our bit to help stop landfill sites and our oceans filling up with single-use plastic.

“We’re passionate about supporting initiatives that help to ensure that the natural environment is protected for future generations to enjoy. Visitors to the railway and passing walkers will be able to access the water refill tap at Dalegarth station, which hopefully will encourage more people to bring their own reusable water bottles when going out and about in the Lake District.”

The Ratty received the Green at Heart Silver Award this July, which recognises businesses achieving excellence in environmental practice.

Other green initiatives on the railway include timed LED night lighting which has halved the electricity consumption, and a biomass boiler at Ravenglass and Eskdale station.

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