Action 320: Be a plastic beachcomber

pristine beachDate: 16 November
Action: 320
Cost of taking action: NIL

 

If we all did this, our beaches would be better for everyone

Today’s action is one to take the next time you are at the beach.

Simply resolve to pick up a few pieces of plastic waste; sadly, wherever you are in the world, there will be plastic waste on your beaches!

Next time you are at the seaside, please take a bag with you (non-plastic and re-usable, of course) and pick up a few plastic bottles, crisp wrappers, sweet wrappers, bits of plastic toy, or whatever you can find that has been washed up or abandoned by less considerate beachgoers.

Better still, why not encourage your youngsters to do so too. Ice creams or Cokes all round once the bags are filled!

Than simple take the bag to a bin (not one that’s overflowing!) and do the right thing.

Or … if you know what you have collected is recyclable, take it home and put it into the recycling bin.

Why should you do this … it’s not your rubbish!?

A very good point!

However, as we’ve seen on many memes recently, it might not be our rubbish, but it is our beach!

Or … it might not be our rubbish, but it is our planet!

Yes, we know that it is the antisocial, inconsiderate, careless people amongst us that litter, but we do all have a responsibility and we shouldn’t shirk ours just because someone else has shirked theirs.

Why is this important?

Our beaches are where a lot of the plastic pollution that is clogging up our systems and our environment end up. Plastic items are washed along our streams and rivers into the ocean, where they are taken by currents, quite literally, around the whole world. Everywhere is affected.

On top of that, local littering by visitors to our beaches is an antisocial problem. Some items left on beaches are extra gross.

If everyone was to make a small effort to take some of the damaging plastic away, we would be:

  • enhancing the experience and beauty of our beaches for everyone
  • removing plastic and future microplastics from the ecosystems
  • protecting our wildlife – air, land and marine
  • educating our children about the need for the big clean up
  • (or, in many cases) educating our parents about the need for the big clean up!
  • taking some plastic material back into recycling, so reducing the use of fossil fuel and carbon emissions

Plastics left in our oceans break up into smaller and smaller pieces, eventually becoming highly damaging microplastics and toxic nanoplastics; you can read more about this problem at our earlier article here.

Take action

Please, next time you are planning a trip to the beach, take a little time to contribute to the clean up that we need, as a society, to be doing in a big way. Think about how you would like our beaches to look now and in the future, they can be such beautiful places for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you!