A Barnstaple wholesalers has pledged its support to the Plastic Free North Devon campaign.

Youings Wholesale is educating its customers in reducing their use of single-use plastics; phasing out plastic products; and has even worked with some of its larger customers to secure funding for #2minutebeachclean boards.

Josh Youings-Clarke, partner at Youings Wholesale, said: "We have undertaken a process of evolving our offering to include many more products featuring sustainable packaging solutions such as the Vegware coffee cup and packaging range, and CanOwater (canned water) as an alternative to PET bottles.

"In order to audit our business and the way that we both use and supply products, as well as dispose of waste, we have been working closely with Claire Moodie of Plastic Free North Devon.

"This has been to analyse our waste solutions and also gain knowledge and information that we can then channel through our customers to the end users of the products we supply.

"This work has led to us making various changes and commitments, namely to cease the supply of non recyclable or non-biodegradable coffee cups and sundries by the end of the year, instead choosing to partner with sustainable suppliers to provide a better solution for the longer term."

Josh Youings-Clarke of Youings Wholesale, Tony Bruce of Putsborough Beach Caf�, Rob Tucker of Putsborough Beach, Claire Moodie of Plastic Free North Devon and her daughter Willow.Josh Youings-Clarke of Youings Wholesale, Tony Bruce of Putsborough Beach Caf�, Rob Tucker of Putsborough Beach, Claire Moodie of Plastic Free North Devon and her daughter Willow.

The company and its sister business, Havana Coffee Co, has also funded #2minutebeachclean boards, the first of which has been installed at Putsborough Beach Café.

The boards hold a number of bags and litter pickers which can be used by people when they are walking on the beach.

Cafe owner Tony Bruce will manage the board and dispose of rubbish collected.

Josh added: "Our goal is to try encourage end users and the general public so that they consciously and responsibly seek appropriate disposal solutions for waste, and also use the picking stations to have fun and educate young family members whilst out on the beach."

Claire Moodie, of PFND, said it was fantastic to have a large local wholesaler on board.

She said: "Sharing our campaign and progress to their customers is helping us to start more conversations, raise awareness and create a wider impact.

"Youings recognises its cooperate responsibility on the issue and is using its high profile position within the industry to drive change and that is exactly what we want to see more of.

"Sharing best practice, resources and experience between businesses that want to align with the plastic free movement is one of our organisations main aims and we are really excited to see how far we can grow it.

"Our oceans are relying on campaigns and small communities like ours in all corners of the world to come together and solve this issue."