Tackling plastic pollution
Beach litter has increased by 80 per cent in the last 10 years and it costs up to £25,000 each year to remove the rubbish from the water in some harbours. It is estimated that more than a million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles die every year worldwide from entanglement, or ingestion of plastics such as balloons and carrier bags.
Marine Industry News have recently published a good article about ocean pollution and what boaters can do to help.
Here are some steps we can take:
- Stamp out single-use plastics by using refillable water bottles and reusable bags
- Buy products with less packaging to reduce carbon footprint
- Always choose products without micro-beads
- Ditch the disposables—remove all plastic cups and straws
- Consider more eco-friendly alternatives such as cutlery and rubbish bags made from corn-starch, which can be composted
- Take part in year-round beach and shoreline clean ups
- Find local recycling facilities at recycle-more.co.uk
- Do not throw anything over the side, including food
- Prevent loose items from blowing overboard
- If you smoke, keep a butt tin in your pocket for cigarette ends
- Do not contaminate general waste by throwing hazardous items in the wrong container e.g. paint tins, oily rags and old electronic instruments
- Get involved, learn more and spread the word