The Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth has kick-started its plan to be the first plastic-free hotel in Cornwall.

The hotel has teamed up with Penryn potter Natalie Bonney and Helston-based luxury beauty brand Living Sea Therapy to eliminate all plastic toiletry bottles in its 61 rooms.

Greenbank MD Ben Young said: “At The Greenbank we believe we have an obligation to seek out the most sustainable business practices to support our climate, the local economy and our Cornish community.

“We also believe that deeds speak louder than words, so with levels of business at an all-time high we have found that the amount of little plastic toiletries bottles that we were getting through was increasingly unbearable.”

Bonney, the creator of the new ceramic pots, said it had been one of her most challenging projects to date.

“The precision involved to make all the bottles fit a screw threaded pump top and a wall bracket whilst being functional and visually attractive was a challenge,” she admitted.

“I was determined to make something that ticked all the boxes and I’ve definitely learnt some new skills. Thankfully the hotel team are lovely and very patient.”

The Greenbank says the new ceramic bottles will save throwing away tens of thousands of single-use plastic bottles a year. This follows on from its refillable glass water bottles that replaced plastic earlier in 2019, as well as the elimination of plastic straws and pens.