It will come as no surprise that we’re passionate about the British shoreline. Since our birth in Salcombe we’ve been inspired by the coast, but now Britain’s beaches need our help. We’ve partnered with Oceanographic Magazine to bring you the tips you’ll need to host you very own beach clean-up. Round up your friends, roll up your sleeves and dig in.
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First things first, you need to pick a beach, a date, a time and a meeting point so everyone knows where to find you. Let the local council know what you’re planning to see if they have any recommendations and then, spread the word. Create an event on Eventbrite and share it on all your social platforms. Get friends, family and even local businesses involved. The more people there that are taking part, the more people you can reach on social media. You could even come up with your own creative hashtag for the event.
Mention this on your event page, but once you have a good idea of who will be attending, ask people to bring some reusable gloves and garden trugs. There’s no need to get new ones, ask around to see if you can borrow a few. Avoid single-use plastic bags if at all possible. It’s also important to make sure you know beforehand what the weather will be doing and be prepared for all possibilities. Sunscreen (Lush do a non-toxic offering), sunhats, water (in reusable bottles) jumpers, raincoats and warm hats – this is the UK after all.
On the day, make sure you’ve got everybody accounted for, set a time limit (aim for around two hours tops) and get going. Make it fun for those involved by playing some music or offering a prize for whoever collects the most. If you’re feeling extra organised, you could ask people to bring bits and bobs for a celebratory post-beach clean plastic-free picnic.
Beach cleans are a simple and effective way of stopping that debris from ending up in the ocean, but your findings can also provide helpful scientific data for initiatives such as Lizzie Carr’s #PlasticPatrol and the Marine Conservation Society’s #Beachwatch. Sort it, take pictures, and log it on relevant apps and websites so that these honourable organisations can get a better idea of where it’s all coming from. If everybody did this, they would have plenty of data to take to decision makers, policy makers and the companies whose logos are showing up a lot to find potential solutions.
Finally, dispose of it correctly. Recycle or bin every little piece – just remember to give it a bit of a wash if you’re popping it into the recycling.
Perhaps the most important aspect of any community beach clean is to shout about it on social media, in email newsletters and to your local newspapers. Your actions could inspire someone else in your community to get involved, or even join the next beach clean you organise.
Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back. You’re living proof that one person can make a big difference, so take the time to feel proud of the good deed you’ve done for the oceans.
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