We love a good beach clean! Organised clean-ups are a great way to raise awareness of the impact of litter on our environment. It is estimated that over 1,000,000 shorebirds, and 100,000 marine mammals are killed each year by microplastics. Reducing our use of single use plastics in the first place is a good way to go, but inevitably, some will still end up along our coast. Lets do our bit!
Plastic Free July 2017
For Plastic Free July we ran a competition for people to send in their photos of a handful of plastic they collected off the beach. Thanks to the Plastic Free Taranaki crew who kindly donated the prize for our winner. Check out these great pictures!
Keen to run a beach clean?!
Its super easy to run a beach clean! First port of call is with your local district council. They are generally happy to provide bags and gloves, and organise for the rubbish to be collected if its in an area that their contractor visits regularly. Get in touch with us if you need help to promote your event :)
Also check out the Sustainable Coastlines website for resources and information about running your own event. Here are some of our top tips.
- make sure you check the tide before you set a date! If its high tide it may be unsafe.
- have a postponement date and make sure you have a way of contacting people if the weather is bad and you decide not to go ahead.
- make sure everyone stays safe by assessing the hazards at the site and running a safety briefing at the start. Key hazards generally are sharp/gross objects, uneven ground, and environmental conditions (wind/rain/ocean/rivers).
- weigh your rubbish if you can! Its great to be able to quantify the impact you have made.
- make sure you have gloves for everyone and hand washing facilities or hand sanitiser at the end.
Most of all - have fun!