Great British Beach Clean

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the great british beach clean

the great british beach clean

On UK beaches the amount of litter found has doubled in the past 20 years. And litter in general has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%. (correct as at Sep 2018)

The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity. They work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife.

Their vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.

I fully support their vision, my business and products are based on the sea and the beach, my love for our beautiful oceans, and the land close to it. So, whenever I can help, in whatever way I can, then I’ll be there. So when I heard about the Great British Beach Clean 14th – 17th September 2018 I knew I had to join in.

So on Sunday 16th Sep I headed down to my local beach, Friars Cliff in Dorset along with 149 others making it a record breaking day. It wasn’t the nicest of days, but armed with a litter picker and a bag I spent two hours on the beach looking for and picking up litter. As the photograph below shows, in that two hours, I didn’t find too much -which I was really pleased about. It would have been horrific if I’d have filled my bag. But the total amount of rubbish all 150 of us found in two hours, shown in the photo belong, was staggering and heartbreaking.

Did you know it’s estimated that one rubbish truck load of plastic litter enters the ocean every minute. (correct as at Sep 2018)

The rubbish I personally found was pretty evenly split between items that had been left on the beach; i.e. lolly sticks, cigarette butts and sweet wrappers, to items that had washed up with the tide like polystyrene and small pieces of plastic.

On average cigarette butts, plastic bags, fishing gear, and food and beverage containers are the most common forms of plastic pollution found in the oceans.

And speaking to other litter pickers on the day, they also found the same. A lot of seaweed had recently washed up bringing a lot of the rubbish in with it.

Sadly, we’ll never be able to retrieve all of the rubbish and plastic that has ended up in our seas and on our beaches. So what else can we do? – We need to stop new plastic entering the oceans and prevent the crisis from worsening.

Less Plastic have created an informative flyer, highlighting the 9 ways we can all help reduce ocean plastic. Maybe you might be able to give one or two of these a try? Or maybe you already do? – and can help encourage others too as well?

9 Ways You Can Reduce Ocean Plastic

 

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