TEA'S Me is the latest business in Dawlish to receive the award of Plastic Free Champion from Surfers Against Sewage.

Jon Waller, who, with his wife, Ellen, owns the company, joined Vanessa Ryley from Dawlish Against Plastic, to receive his plaque and certificate.  

The award is given to businesses that can demonstrate removal of at least three single-use plastic items, such as plastic bags, coffee cups and plastic drinks bottles, and show a commitment to tackling any others present in the business going forwards. 

Jon said: ‘The process is really easy if you log in to the SAS website and apply. The packaging we use is plastic free, recyclable or biodegradable, and we re-use community cardboard for shipping wherever possible.’

Tea’s Me is a fully certified Organic Producer registered with the Soil Association and supplies loose tea and coffee to outlets throughout the country. 

Dawlish is a ‘Plastic Free Community’ and Tea’s Me joins 16 other companies in the local area who are freeing their operations from single-use plastic. 

This latest award comes just over a week before new legislation banning businesses from using single-use plastic items like plates, bowls, trays, containers, cutlery, and balloon sticks comes into force in the UK, on the 1st October. Although there are some exemptions, the message is clear; single-use plastic is bad for business as well as the environment.