Tackling plastic pollution

Plastic bottles

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

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