Are beach cleans worth it?

Beach clean ups is one way that you can help reduce the plastic pollution problem – and have some fun at the same time.  Ocean currents are incredible and while some will spiral towards the centre of the Ocean, others will naturally brings plastic pollution onto shore.  This is a great opportunity to get stuck in and do what you can. 

Do beach cleans make a difference?

In the grand scheme of things we are unlikely to pick up the 8 million tonnes of plastic waste that gets into our Ocean, but it is a fantastic way to engage local communities and every little bit helps. Beach clean-ups are can be an extremely important event to help mitigate the problems caused by Ocean debris and danger inflicted on marine life as a result of plastic pollution. Clean-ups also provide a great opportunity to gather important data about the state of our coasts and the types of rubbish entering our Ocean.

How do I get involved?

There is nothing wrong with just picking up plastic pollution when you see it if you are walking along the beach and we would encourage that.  If you find a plastic bag, use that to collect other pieces.

You can also contact your local council. They can provide you with the information you need to put together your own litter pick event, whether that's on a beach, local park of town centre. 

What else can I do?

We at Ocean Generation want to stop plastic pollution reaching our Ocean and beaches at the source. Plastic never goes away, it just breaks down into smaller pieces. We need to change our relationship with plastic and start to make small behaviour changes. A great way to do this is to stop purchasing pointless plastic. But what is pointless plastic? It's the sort of plastic that can easily be avoided. For example, single-use plastic products and purchasing plastic products that have non-plastic alternatives. Check out our blog on 20 actions to reduce and reuse plastic products

Join the Ocean Generation

The Ocean Generation is coming together to restore a healthy relationship between humanity and the Ocean. Because as the first generation to understand ocean issues, we are also the last generation who can stop them. We are all the Ocean Generation. Join the movement. 

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