After completing the beach clean the team went for lunch at a local restaurant and all agreed that not only had it been a lovely day at the beach, but that we were all shocked by how much rubbish was on one stretch of sand. We are all inspired to continue the work of S.A.S and do a #minibeachclean whenever we go to the beach in the future. Märraum is excited to have joined the ‘SAS 250 Club’, supporting them to create cleaner, safer coastlines.
The timing was perfect as it coincided with the S.A.S 2017 Autumn Beach Clean series when over 350 beach cleans took place, more than 12,300 people took part and removed and estimated 34,000Kg of marine plastic pollution. 11450 single use plastic bottles were collected and recycled. This sounds impressive, but we could all do more in our own time to increase these figures and do whatever we can to make our oceans safer, not only for the people that visit them, but the wildlife that lives in and around the coasts that are affected by the volume of rubbish and sewage pollution humans dump into the seas everyday. If we all took at least one carrier bag, and filled it with rubbish every time we went to the beach, we could make a huge difference to the quality of our beaches and oceans.
S.A.S have placed several ‘Beach Clean Boxes’ throughout the South West alone, and these are here so we can simply pop any collected rubbish into them so it gets disposed of properly. Since the start of S.A.S, 98.5% of UK beaches meet the minimum bathing water standards, back in 1990 this was just 27%! Surfers Against Sewage are making a real difference and this can only get better if we all pitch in to preserve our stunning coastline and the oceans for our children and the future of marine wildlife.
By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.