I know about Martin Dorey because we have his Camper Van Cookbook unfortunately we don’t have a camper van, (although one would very cool parked up alongside the chalet), but his recipes are great for camping (obviously) and for picnics on the beach. But, apart from all things camper van he also writes articles for Coast and last month he wrote about his project called the 2 Minute Beach Clean. It’s as simple as making sure you pick 2 items of rubbish up off the beach when you visit plus on June 11th this year its the second 2 Minute Beach Clean day. And the hash tag has gone global the Instagram account has thousands of posts and even more followers.
Here’s a list of what Martin says you should do
- Collect litter whenever you go to the beach
- Set a challenge for kids to find 10 bottle tops, or a lone flip flop*
- Go to the website to get your own #2minutebeachclean board to support the cause
- Recycle wherever possible and reuse
- Make conscious decisions to buy products with less packaging.
“Join us again on the 11th June 2017 for our second annual #2minutbeachclean day.All we ask is that you pick up some litter at some point on the 11th June. That’s it. If you feel like posting it to social media then please do (as we can see it and thank you for the work you have done), but if not, it’s no biggie. The important thing is that you get involved”. https://beachclean.net/beachcleanday
The problem on the eastern end of Whitsand Bay here is lack of rubbish bins, you take your bags down to the beach for a picnic and they have to go back up with you and people don’t return their stuff. The closest #2minutebeachclean station on Whitsand Bay (where you can put your picked up litter and plastic bags) is Portwrinkle on the western end, where the car park is closer to the beach.
There’s also an Australian initiative (where the above image is from) called Take 3 which encourages people to pick up three pieces of rubbish when they visit the beach. The same principle and the same message. Take your own rubbish home plus an extra two…or three pieces. http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3875973.htm
or… take a carrier bag, fill it, take it home and put it in your recycling.
*we have a selection of lone flip flops that we’ve collected over the years, not sure why we’ve kept them…maybe we thought if we waited long enough we’d find the pair!!!