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Waste Beneath the Waves

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Waste Beneath the
Waves

Whitby Marketing Team visited the ‘Waste Beneath the Waves’ Exhibition at The Wildman Gallery in our home town of Kendal. This exhibition was held in association with Cumbria Wildlife Trust and local artist Ellie Chaney.

All sculptures have been created by Ellie, along with Schools, Colleges and Community Groups around Barrow. Made from marine litter that was collected by partners of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust during four, two hour beach cleans on the South Walney Nature Reserve, Walney Island. The litter included items such as balloons, children’s toys, even a diver’s hood! Sadly though, it’s mostly huge amounts of fishing netting and plastic bottles.

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MARINE LITTER - THE FACTS

Where does marine letter come from?

  • Beach and coastal users
  • Poorly managed industrial waste of landfill sites
  • Toiletries and cleaning products
  • Storm water and sewage discharges
  • Ships and other vessels

 
FACT - 50% of marine litter is attributed to shoreline and recreational activities

What is marine litter made up of?

  • Plastic (the most common type of marine litter)
  • Fishing gear
  • Sewage debris
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Paper and cardboard
  • Rubber

FACT - Plastic litter on beaches has increased 140% since 1994

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REDUCING MARINE LITTER - WHAT CAN YOU DO?

There are many ways to reduce waster in daily life.

  • Choose products with less unnecessary packaging
  • Don't flush anything other than pee, poo and paper!
  • Use canvas and reusable bags
  • Avoid single use products and invest in reusable items such as coffee cups and drinks bottles
  • Make use of recycling points
  • Choose products that have already been recycled to reduce need for new materials to be made
  • Avoid products containing microbeads

FACT - Plastic bottles will remain in our seas for 45 years - even after they break down, the plastic fragments last forever

We would like to thank the Wildlife Trust for putting on this fantastic exhibition and for providing us with additional imagery.

Information taken from Wildlife Trust and associated partners.

Facts from the Great British Beach Clean 2016 (MCS).

If you are interested in more articles about marine litter and how you can help, check out Sky Ocean Rescue - #OceanRescue

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