You would not believe what I found doing a mini beach clean this week… Inspired by Plastic Free July and Le Good Society‘s Let’s Live With Less Plastic exhibition, I spent an hour down on Brighton beach picking up litter. Amongst the usual single-use plastic rubbish I also found something else – fashion waste!
@curiouslyconscious You would not believe what I found doing a mini beach clean… Inspired by #PlasticFreeJuly ♬ Dirty Harry – Gorillaz
Here’s a few items I found…
- SHEIN bikini sticker
- Birkenstocks label
- Trespass shoes label
- DKNY dress label
- A hanger for flipflops
- A lonely polyester stock
All this just makes me feel like fashion is more throwaway than ever before. I also wish any sort of business near areas of natural beauty had to only make biodegradable and wildlife friendly packaging because this was wild.
Beach Clean 101: Prevention Is The Best Cure
To help prevent this sort of litter lurking on the beach, please:
- Avoid plastic packaging when out and about, refuse straws, and choose biodegradable packaging such as paper, cardboard, or wood
- ALWAYS take your litter home with you
- Walk up to the bins along the promenade and pier to dispose of your litter
- Leave no trace on the beach – and try to #Take3ForTheSea when leaving the beach
- Do a mini beach clean if you can spare the time
I’ll be doing more beach cleans in the future and sharing my finds with you. Have you found anything surprising on a beach clean?