A beach-front fish and chip restaurant in Blyth is waging war on the scourge of plastics.
An impressive 99.9 per cent of all disposable items at Coastline, on Links Road, are now biodegradable.
Pizza boxes and pot and lids for sauces and peas, serviettes and even the humble chip forks all show their green credentials.
Its drinking straws are 100 per cent compostable and made from PLA (poly lactic acid, made from corn starch), which biodegrades within six months.
Takeaway bags are made from paper or other biodegradable materials
Takeaway hot drinks and soft drinks cups, protective sleeves, lids and plastic spoons are also compostable.
Owners Domenico and Caroline Gregorio have been incorporating biodegradable, compostable and recyclable packaging into their restaurant and takeaway service for the last six years.
“We are passionate about our local environment and, being situated on the beach front, it is imperative for us that we look after it,” said Dominic, who also owns the neighbouring Ciccarelli Ice Cream Parlour.
“All of our 60 locally-employed staff are also totally passionate about our area, and use the Blyth beach on a daily basis.
“For both ourselves and future generations we need to be taking care of where we live.
“Blue Planet has obviously highlighted once again the need to look after our beaches and sea, but it is something we know about and do already.”
“If everyone helped by putting their rubbish in the correct bins or taking it home with them then this would help massively,” added Domenico, who also called for extra bins to be provided.
“We are continually picking up rubbish from the beach and surrounding area, and just wish people would follow suit.”
Even food waste is collected by food recycling company Warrens on a scheduled basis and converted into valuable resources and clean, green energy to power up to 4,000 homes in the North East.