THIS summer over 1,000 volunteers took part in a series of coastal community events — including a well supported initiative at Kingbarns beach in July — for the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, leaving sands all around the UK cleaner, safer and ‘barefoot friendly.’
It has been announced that the response to the project, in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), was staggering as communities came together at every single event collecting over 2.5 tonnes of litter - the equivalent of 5,000 empty plastic bottles which would create a pile nearly 12 times the height of Blackpool Tower.
After each of the summer’s 14 beach clean events between May and September, those who participated celebrated everyone’s efforts with a beach barbecue, complimentary glasses of Barefoot Wine and a free organic cotton t-shirt for every person, while at a select number of events, including at the East Neuk beach, the party really took off with a rousing musical performance by Devon singer-songwriter Ben Howard.
There were many bizarre items removed, but the most unusual finds included a toilet seat, a bright blue fire extinguisher and a Korean ship captain’s business card.
Surfers Against Sewage director, Hugo Tagholm, said:”Community beach cleans are a great way of bringing together our supporters and wider public to tackle marine litter, helping protect beautiful beaches right around the UK.”
Almost 90 per cent of floating marine litter is plastic and it is estimated that five per cent of all post production plastic has entered the world’s oceans — equating to roughly 100 million tonnes.