The Grenada Tourism Authority is backing a plan by the Caribbean island’s government to ban single use plastics.

Plastic shopping bags, cutlery, plates, straws and cups will be abolished from the island by February 1.

A far-reaching non biodegradable waste control act also calls for a complete ban on the importation of polystyrene commonly referred to as ‘Styrofoam’ from this month.

The importation ban will be followed by sale sanctions on ‘Styrofoam’ from March 1 and a complete embargo on its use a month later.

Many hotels, restaurants and stores in Grenada have already moved to the use of alternative biodegradable products.

Tourism authority CEO Patricia Maher said: “Our brand is Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean. This legislation will greatly assist us in keeping our tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique clean and beautiful for citizens as well as visitors.”

Tourism and aviation minister Clarice Modeste-Curwen added: “Grenada is renowned for its naturally beautiful landscape. I am elated that my government has taken action to contribute to the preservation of our environment for future generations.”