5 Ways to Keep Your Beach Clean
In the UK, we are blessed with over 12,000km of dramatic, beautiful and serene coastline, which offers amazing opportunities to sunbathe, explore, surf, play and more. We understand the issues we are currently being faced with when it comes to plastic pollution of our oceans which is why we realise the importance of doing what we can to keep our beloved beaches clean.
We all have a responsibility to do our bit; this blog explains a little more about the best ways to contribute.
Keep Your Beach Bag Environmentally Friendly
We know that responsible visitors and beach lovers would never knowingly cause additional pollution to our beaches by leaving litter and debris scattered around. But you could go one step further and make sure that waste doesn’t exist in the first place. By using reusable containers, water bottles and other beach equipment, you are reducing the amount of plastic being produced. You can even take it to the next level and get a beach bag made out of recycled materials.
If you are considering a beach barbeque, take a moment to consider how you are going to dispose of what is leftover. Be responsible and pick up all of the rubbish leftover from your lovely beach dinner.
Take Part in a Beach Clean
Getting rid of all of the litter that washes up on our shores is a massive task, so the more people that get on board, the better! Beach cleans happen regularly all over the country; ocean protection charity Surfers Against Sewage have hundreds of beach cleans on their website, check it out to find your nearest one.
Organise your Own
You don’t have to go on a beach clean to get rid of litter. Next time you’re heading to the coast, take a small bag or container so you can collect bits and pieces as you go. You may even inspire others to do the same! If you want to start your own beach clean, be organised and get as many people as you can involved. Try to aim for low tide as this will be when the most amount of rubbish is exposed.
Feeling passionate? There are plenty of charities that put your donations to good use by lobbying governments to do more about ocean pollution. Alternatively, you can write to your local MP regarding the matter, particularly if you believe there is a severe problem that needs to be dealt with.
We all have the ability as individuals to drive the demand for sustainable seafood that doesn’t damage our oceans. It is estimated the discarded nets and other equipment left over from fishing totals 10% of the plastic pollution in our oceans and forms the majority of large plastics. This fishing debris, known as ‘ghost gear’ has a hugely negative impact on marine life.
How can I Tell if my Seafood is Sustainable?
According to the Marine Conservation Society, there are several steps you can undergo to make sure your dinner has been caught responsibly.
· Check out the MCS’s Good Fish Guide, which will inform you of the most sustainable species of fish in the UK.
· Read the label to decipher how the animal has been caught. The more environmentally friendly forms of fishing include handline, pole and line, pot/trap or dive caught.
· Look out for labels. There are several logos you can look out for that indicate the product has been fished or caught sustainably.
Spread the Word
Keep the momentum going by encouraging and educating those around you and inspire them to do the same. Together, we can work to protect our incredible oceans and the creatures that rely on it for survival. Share this post and keep the word moving!
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