A vision of a plastic-free Island was unveiled to businesses last week.

Clean oceans pressure group Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) are aiming to sign up Island companies to cut down on their plastics usage and presented their ideas to around 50 representatives at the new Caffe Isola premises in Newport.

Matt Harwood and Cordelia Dewey, SAS's IW representatives showed videos showing the catastrophic impact of plastics in the oceans and described how the plastics we use on land often end up in the sea far away.

If 40 Island businesses sign up to each make three cuts to their use of plastics, such as only giving out straws on request or switching to more environmentally friendly packaging, the IW could become the first county in Britain to obtain the status.

In the discussion which followed businessmen and women, including the County Press's publisher Alan Marriott, signalled their support for the campaign.

One cafe owner, Nigel Smith, of Ryde, suggested an independent buying collective for environmentally friendly coffee cups and cutlery.

Anyone interested in signing up or getting involved can contact Matt or Cordelia at iowsurfersagainstsewage@gmail.com