This year we decided to support a cause that’s been close to our hearts for quite some time. As lovers of the sea we’ve grown tired of seeing our coastlines lines littered with plastic and pollution, the sea is our play ground so we decided to join the charge and help support Surfers Against Sewage by becoming a member of the 250 Club. The 250 club is a network of businesses all proactively working towards reducing waste in our oceans.
For us, this meant reducing the amount of plastic that we use in our online orders so from the end of September all of our online orders will have their plastic product wrappers replaced with robust paper packaging. We estimate this will reduce our plastic bag consumption this year by nearly 80%.
SAS has created ‘Wasteland’ which is a new campaign trying to create a more joined up approach within local communities to work towards reducing single-use plastics and the throwaway culture that so drastically impacts our environment. SAS are doing this through promoting the four actions ‘Refuse, Refill, Reuse and Recycle’.
You can also do your bit by joining the Wasteland campaign by signing up and in return you will receive your free action plan on how you can help reduce your own single use plastic consumption. You can also get involved simply by collecting any litter you find on your local beaches, if every walker on our beaches took just 2 minutes to pick up any litter they come across we would see a huge positive impact on coastal pollution. You can also organise your own beach clear up and here’s some info that might help you. #minibeachclean
Let’s not always rely on others to make things happen, it’s time we all took responsibility for our planet.
- A plastic bottle may persist in the marine environment for more than 450 years if left on a beach
- Over 30,000 sewer overflows discharge untreated sewage into UK rivers and beaches
- On average there are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in every square mile of the ocean!
- The amount of marine litter found on UK beaches has more than doubled in the last fifteen years