As part of our commitment to sustainability here at Boyne Hill House, we have decided to phase out the practice of our Brides bringing in flip-flops for their guests for late-night dancing. Most flip flops today are made from plastic threatening the health of the ocean with many travelling oceans and becoming a routine find during beach clean-ups. Plastic flip-flops also wear down easily transporting microplastic to the ocean through our waterways.
A few facts :
From 30.000 items collected during a research mission on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, 11.000 were flip flops!
One of the largest pollutants in the ocean is polyurethane from flip flops and other shoes that have been washed or thrown into rivers and flow into the ocean (1)
We believe that prevention is far better than cure when it comes to plastic pollution: Our recommendation to brides is that they ask their guests to bring their own flat shoes to change into, but if they insist in providing flip-flops, there are rubber alternatives available to buy. H&M for example, does a sustainable flip-flop for 5euro. It costs more but they can buy less of them and feel better about doing their bit for the environment.