Join the Great British Beach Clean and help to keep our seas plastic free
- SARAH PORTER
- Bambassadors Planet
- 06 / 09 / 2023
At Bambino Mio we know all too well what impact pollution, and more specifically plastic pollution is having on our oceans. We're working hard to end the waste crisis at the route cause by encouraging more families to opt for reusables. But of course, it's not just nappies that are the problem. And as much as we're inspired to change the future, we have a present need to deal with the issues as they are today.
We've been speaking to The Marine Conservation Society about the upcoming Great British Beach Clean and how these cleanups benefit the work they do to ensure our oceans are protected.
Let's hear from them...
Image credit: Marine Conservation Society and Rachel Stephens
What do you think of when you hear the words ‘marine litter’? Rolling waves of plastic? Vast islands of waste in the middle of the ocean? Wildlife tangled in fishing net and eating plastic bags? Shocking images of the extent of pollution around the world have been brought into the public eye through Blue Planet 2, National Geographic, and even the Octonauts - but the reality is much closer to home. Every day, around 250 million single-use nappies are thrown away, adding to the thousands of millions of tonnes of plastic that enters our ocean each year.
At the Marine Conservation Society, we’re fighting for a cleaner, better protected, and healthier ocean, one we can all enjoy. We work with governments and industry to highlight the importance of our seas and campaign for change to protect and restore them, whilst working closely with local communities to inspire and empower them to take positive action for our ocean.
Every year, we run our flagship litter-picking event, the Great British Beach Clean, to help clean up our coastline and collect vital data about the pollution found there. Thousands of volunteers and families across the UK take part in events, contributing information about marine litter which we use to campaign for ocean-positive change. Data from beach cleans has helped us successfully campaign for the introduction of charges on single-use plastic bags and a ban on a variety of single-use plastic items, such as plastic cotton bud sticks.
This year, we’ll be collecting our 30th year of Great British Beach Clean litter survey data. We are once again being joined by the event’s sponsors, Cully & Sully Soup, who share our passion for protecting our ocean.
Here are a few ways you can help to support your local community to join the Great British Beach Clean between 15th – 24th September:
- Spread the word about beach cleans that have already been organised: this could be through word-of-mouth, social media or however you get your news out there! Check to see if there’s a beach clean taking place in your area here.
- Check out our to help spread the word about cleans going on in your local area.
- Attend an event: who doesn’t love a day at the beach? By attending a beach clean event that’s already been organised in your community, you’ll be supporting the vital work of the Marine Conservation Society to keep your local beaches clean and tidy for future generations!
Our beaches are beautiful places to make lasting memories with your little explorers: vast shorelines for sandcastles, shells of all shapes and sizes to collect and seas with a huge range of exciting species to keep an eye out for. But our picture postcard beaches are under an ever-increasing threat, which we need your help to tackle.
Will you join us for this year’s Great British Beach Clean to help remove litter from our beaches and make a real difference to our ocean?