Wow! First off a HUGE thank you to the 101 volunteers who took part in our first SAS Big Spring Beach Clean events for 2019. We were blessed with the weather on Saturday, and also the help of our four legged friends, as we kick-started a whole morning of action in Mounts Bay with the Paws Against Plastic dog walk and pick up.
Organised by ourselves and Community Allies Regent Court Vets and The Pet Spa, we set off along the coast path from Penzance to Long Rock picking up an array of marine pollution from ghost fishing gear to plastic bottles, cans and food packaging. It was great to see the dogs get just as into it as we were!
After collecting six full reusable sacks of rubbish, we headed to The Hoxton Special to clean the section of beach from Long Rock to Marazion West and to start logging identifiable brands on any packaging we found.
Another 80 people joined us at The Hoxton and we filled another five sacks of ghost fishing gear, plastic bottles and packaging along with some more interesting finds … including Lego from the Tokio Express which shed 4.3 million pieces of the toy off Land’s End in 1997. We were really chuffed to find out that one of our brand new beach cleaners found it!
Our focus of the Big Spring Beach Clean this year is a Brand Audit, to put pressure on industry to take more responsibility over the packaging it dishes out. In between the coffee, BBQ food and tunes at The Hoxton we counted 48 separate brands which we could identify … including Coca Cola, Buxton, Mars and Nestle. This evidence has already been sent to Surfers Against Sewage to help with campaigns and lobbying.
A MASSIVE thank you to very single volunteer who took part and to our Community Allies who teamed up with us to make this an epic effort and a brilliant day out for the whole family. If you missed it and want to get involved, we will be at Jordan’s Cafe to clean up Marazion West on Sunday 14th April. Meet us at 3pm, we’ll kit you up and then we’ll sweep the beach and dunes up to Red River. More details here and check out the gallery below!