IT'S OFFICIAL - THE BIG SPRING BEACH CLEAN 2018 WILL BE HELD BETWEEN THE 7TH AND 15TH APRIL!
In a world where we are increasingly aware of the damage plastic and litter is doing to our marine environment, there's never been a better time to take action! Here at Saltrock, the coastline is our inspiration, whether it's catching waves, walking along the tideline with family and friends, or looking out to sea for a few minutes peace away from the hustle of everyday life, so anything that helps protect the places we love is an important cause.
According to the Plastic Oceans Federation, over 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year, and this causes serious damage to the marine environment. From animals thinking small pieces of plastic are food, to wildlife getting caught up or hurt by pieces of plastic pollution, this is something we need to resolve. Viewers of Blue Planet II will remember the heartbreaking scenes of a whale with her lifeless newborn calf, who was likely to have died because it's mother's milk was polluted with plastic, and the turtles that became trapped in floating manmade debris. The BBC documentary with David Attenborough was the perfect way to deliver a harrowing wake up call to the general population and show the effects our single-use plastic lifestyle is having on wildlife.
Surfers Against Sewage have organised their Big Spring Beach Clean to help likeminded groups of people to get together and spend some time removing plastic from beaches and waterways around the UK. So why not join them? Whether you want to organise your own beach clean by following these instructions, or join another beach clean, it's the perfect way to spend a couple of hours with likeminded people who all want to help protect our beaches, waterways and coastlines for years to come.
But what happens to the plastic after it's been collected during the Big Spring Beach Clean? Surfers Against Sewage are working with pioneering companies and organisations such as Ecover, Kleen Kanteen, Parley for the Oceans and World Animal Protection to develop a mechanism so that the collected plastic can be turned into new, recyclable products. Many of the 17500 plastic bottles collected during the 2017 Big Spring Beach Clean are with Ecover currently being turned into their special Ocean Plastic Bottles ready to be purchased later this year.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to SAS's website to find out more about how you can get involved!
If you want to do more than a beach clean, they have great suggestions on how to reduce the amount of plastic you use, help them lobby the government for a wider change in the use of plastic and much more!