A ban on single-use plastics has been imposed in Barbados as part of sustainability efforts on the Caribbean island.

The move comes in addition to the introduction of more than 350 solar powered cars, designed to reduce emissions.

The clampdown on single use plastics means there will be no more importation, retail, sale and use of petrol-based, single-use plastic on the island. 

Barbados attracts 623,293 visitors every year, “which inevitably incurs environmental challenges,” Barbados Tourism Marketing admitted.

UK director Cheryl Carter said: “Banning single-use plastics goes some way to ensuring the protection of our pristine beaches and crystal clear waters that we are famous for.

“As a destination, however, we realise that our sustainability efforts cannot stop there and we are proud to say we are embracing many conservation projects and methods across the island, from driving electric cars to biodynamic farming, we are excited for a more sustainable future.”