In recent years, the consequences of littering and poor waste management have become increasingly obvious in our oceans. The harm to marine life is escalating at a scary rate, with creatures becoming trapped in packaging and mistakenly ingesting plastic. Many of us remember the heart-wrenching video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck up its nose, which sparked a global outcry against the use of single-use plastics.
Unfortunately, this is a problem we’re also seeing locally, with the beautiful beaches in Devon and Cornwall coated in harmful plastic waste. In response to this, there have been a number of campaigns and volunteering groups built around preserving our beaches, like the Cornwall-based Surfers Against Sewage and Plastic Free North Devon. These organizations, along with many others, regularly organize beach cleans. Taking part in one of these is a fantastic way to do your bit to fight encroaching plastic waste and protecting our wildlife. Although due to Corona restrictions, there may not be many official beach cleans for the foreseeable future, you can still do your own #MiniBeachClean with your family. These can be as intense or as casual as you like: whether you want to go on a full-out trek with a bin bag or just collect what you find on your morning walk, you can still make an impact.