It’s a simple fact that when it comes to plastic in our seas – it’s not so fantastic!
On most beach cleans that the Clean Seas Please team have attended, types of plastic such as lollipop sticks and drink bottles are among the most common items found, either washed up on the beach or left instead of being taken home or put in rubbish bins.
Many products have plastic packaging and they are often taken as necessities to the beach, such as crisp packets, plastic bags containing sandwiches, wrapping on pies and plastic drinks bottles. Most of these plastics are non-biodegradable, meaning they will not break down for years.
To sea life, plastic can be life threatening, especially if eaten or if it becomes wrapped around the body, legs or mouth of wildlife. For example: plastic bags can look like jellyfish and smaller pieces of plastic can be mistaken for food items. Discarded fishing line, or plastic used to keep tins, such as lager, together can enter the sea and cause great harm.
Plastic can also get to the sea through the rain water sewer system, either by items being flushed down toilets that are not correctly connected, or by being washed down the road and into the gutters, which results in it being washed up on the shore.
We can all help by taking our rubbish home from the beach, or putting it in local rubbish bins or joining in with a beach clean.