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How to Help Create #PlasticFreeCoastlines with Surfers Against Sewage

Here at Saltrock the coast is a massive part of our lives, we love getting outdoors and heading to the beach. From walking along the coast path, to catching waves, evening walks and swimming in the sea, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and we want to keep it that way! However, there’s been a massive increase in the amount of plastic pollution on our beaches and coastlines, which creates a threat to marine life as well as to our coastlines, so we need to take action to keep our coastlines free from plastic so everyone can enjoy it!

Surfers Against Sewage have just released their brand new campaign focusing on stopping the use of Single-Use Plastics, which are adding to “the Wasteland” and are a massive threat to the environment. Take a look at the short film here - www.plasticfree.org.uk

WHY PLASTIC?

 Throwaway plastics are becoming increasingly popular due to their ease of use and convenience. However, they cause massive damage to the environment, and their increasing popularity is resulting in some parts of the ocean being more populated by plastic than by plankton. This leads to large conglomerates of plastic waste in the ocean, which kills plankton, and contaminates the food chain.

THE SOLUTION

Surfers Against Sewage are calling upon all of us to Take Action and Join the Resistance to Wasteland!

We thought it would be a great idea to help you out and give you a few small ways in which you can help campaign for a #PlasticFreeCoastline! Each of the suggestions are small and simple ways in which you can change aspects of your lifestyle and stop using single-use plastics, whether you’re on days out, headed to the beach or just in your everyday life. Not only does it help you to help the environment, it can also help you save money - a litre of tap water costs 500 times less than bottled water!

  1. Remember your refillable bottle – every day in the UK, 38.5 Million single-use plastic bottles are used! Even worse, only about 60% of these are recycled, so if everyone starts to use a refillable bottle, we can cut this number down and massively reduce the amount of plastic in our ecosystems
     
  2. Take a reusable coffee cup and refuse single-use ones – only 1% of the 2.5 billion single-use coffee cups used everyday are recycled!
     
  3. Refuse single-use packaging – Each person in the UK generates around 175kg of packaging waste every year
     
  4. Resist using a straw – straws are only used for about 20 minutes, but once discarded, they can last in the environment for hundreds of years
     
  5. Take your own cutlery or use sustainable alternatives like bamboo cutlery (biodegradable & fast growing!) – If you’re heading for a picnic, or picking up some chips from the beachside café, it’s hard to resist picking up a plastic fork to make life easier. But plastic utensils are often refused by recycling units due to contamination with food and cost of recycling per unit – so refusing them will help reduce this unnecessary landfill!
     
  6. Avoid using single-use plastics in the bathroom – millions of toothbrushes are discarded every year, and 24 cotton buds are found per 100m of coastline!
     
  7. Refuse single-use condiment sachets – for one small portion of your favourite condiment, you discard a piece of plastic which adds to landfill, and ends up in our ecosystem.
     
  8. Do your own #MiniBeachClean – every piece of litter you pick up from our coastline is a piece less to go into our ecosystem or landfill. If everyone works on a mini beach clean themselves, we can make sure our beaches stay free of litter and less plastic pollution goes into the marine environment

Let us know how you get on with your Plastic Free Action Plan and don’t forget to share your hard work on social media! You can also sign up to support the campaign against Wasteland at www.plasticfree.org.uk

#PlasticFreeCoastlines
#RefillForVictory
#MiniBeachClean
#RecycleForVictory

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