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Our Single-Use Plastics campaign

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At Ocean Elements we are passionate about the reduction in use of single-use plastics. So much so, that James Hardiman (our MD) is flying the banner of Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) and their ‘Plastic Free Communities’ project during his Azores and Back (Azab) yacht race in June this year. James is also raising money in aid of the development of a plastic beach cleaning machine by local debon company, ‘Nurdle.'

As SAS says: It’s not about removing all plastic from our lives. It’s about kicking our addiction to avoidable single-use plastic, and changing the system that produces it.

Our MD James Hardiman is a surfer and sailor and he sees the effects of plastics on the beaches of his home village:

‘We see everything from microplastics to big chunks of waste washed in by the tide. As a local resident you get to see an amount of waste that folk on holiday just don’t see. Waste washed up in a Winter storm is frankly eye-opening: micro plastic balls by the millions all mixed up the seaweed and the sand, plastic litter, bottles (some with French labels on them) and literally tonnes of waste along the coast. Then the next big tide comes and washes all the evidence away.’

 

Fact Box (SAS), May 2019
8,000,000 pieces of plastic find their way into the ocean each day

320 million tonnes of plastic generated globally in 2016

5,000 items of plastic pollution per mile of beach in the UK
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