The Big Spring Northcore Beach Clean!
In recent times, Plastic pollution has become a dominating feature at beaches across the globe, it causes significant damage to marine eco-systems. Beach cleans are a great way to reduce the 8 million tonnes of plastic that ends up in our oceans each year. At Northcore, we recognise the need to reduce the usage of single use plastic. We recently set a number of goals to reduce the usage of plastic throughout our operations, you can find out more here. As a team, we decided to take our actions one step further. In association with Surfers Against Sewage, we organised our very own ‘Northcore Big Spring Beach Clean’. The Big Spring Beach Clean (BSBC) is an annual event put on by SAS between the months of April and May, with a number of beach cleans held across the UK. Since 2010, over 74,500 volunteers have got involved at over 1775 events.
The ‘Northcore Beach Clean’ took place on a dull May morning at Sandilands beach in Lincolnshire. A suitable location with the beach hosting the local surf break to Northcore HQ, although particularly flat on the day of the clean. Despite the poor weather, joining the Northcore team were several members of the public who came to lend a helping hand! Armed with gloves, bags and litter pickers we began to scour the beach – At first glance the beach seemed relatively clean and free from litter. However, once we began to explore the coastline and take a closer look, the scale of the problem was soon evident.
What did we find?
Unsurprisingly, the majority of the litter we found was plastic – it is estimated that 70% of rubbish washed up on Britain’s beaches is thought to be made from plastic. Most of which was found walking down the strandline – countless pieces of brightly coloured microplastics, dotted throughout the seaweed and scattered across the sand. In addition to the microplastic we found a number of straws, water bottles, broken beach toys, cable ties and plastic containers. Other litter found was in the form of food packaging, glass bottles, a piece of foam packaging which had made its way to the east coast from the Faroe Islands and a car tyre.
The Northcore team would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who came down and got involved in the clean, East Lindsey District council for collecting and recycling the litter and Surfers Against Sewage for supplying equipment and platform to host our very own beach clean.
If you would like to find a beach clean near you or host your very own beach clean, then head over to the SAS website to find out more details.