Italian ski centre Pejo, a ski and thermal spa resort in Trentino’s Stelvio National Park, is claiming to be the first in the world to ban the use of single use plastics.
That means no plastic cutlery, plates, straws, glasses, bottles or even sachets of ketchup are permitted in the valley.
The move came after experts from Milan’s State University along with the Milan Bicocca organisation studied the air in the valley and discovered between 131 and 162 million plastic particles in the area’s Forni glacier.
Skiers who being single use plastic items with them are being asked to take it away with them or dispose of it at recycling centres in the resort rather than leaving it on the mountain.
Pejo already had strong eco credentials with homes, hotels and public buildings in the valley heated by a communal wood chip heating system, fed with left-over timber from local forestry operations.