This mother’s day, I treated my mum to a trip to the cinema. In true Smith style, it wasn’t a trip to see La La Land or the latest Disney, but Plastic Ocean, a film about the major problems plastic waste is causing in our seas.
This is film is an eyeopener for anyone who cares for our environment and should be mandatory for those that don’t. It tracks the route of plastics -packaging, drink bottles, lighters (how many lighters are there in the world!) – into the sea. The shock element of the film for me was the baby seabirds who’ve ingested so much plastic in their short lives that there is no space for food and they starve.
If you’re interested in watching the film or supporting the project, please visit http://www.plasticoceans.org/ to find out more.
People love Cornwall for it’s miles of unspoilt sandy beaches and hidden coves. On a sunny day, the plastic waste isn’t always obvious, but if you stop to look, you will see that amongst the sand, there are tiny pellets of plastic. Some of this is plastic used in manufacturing, and some of it will be larger waste that has broken down over time into such tiny pieces they are almost impossible to clean up. The recommendation at the end is to avoid plastic packaging altogether.
Ruth is currently in communication with Cornwall Rural Community Charity about a potential project to reduce plastic waste. In the meantime we’ll be celebrating our 5th Birthday by joining as many beach cleans as we can over the next few weeks.
Surfers Against Sewage have organised beach cleans across the country, details can be found HERE