We headed to Banna Beach just outside Tralee in Co.Kerry for our March Clean Up.
This northerly wind which has been around for the past few days certainly was evident on Banna Beach. We were frozen! None the less we were there to do a job! We collected rubbish that was washed up on the stones just to the right of the car park. Its so sad to see how much plastic there was there it really gets you thinking. There was everything from bottle caps, cigarette butts, coffee plastic pods and lots of fishing nett debris. We need to start taking responsibility for our use of plastic for ourselves and for future generations
We use over 300 million tonnes of new plastic every year. Half of this we use just once and usually for less than 12 minutes. The reality is 8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year.
One part of the solution is to rethink the way goods are packaged, cutting the demand for plastic. Water-soluble film, for example, can be used to wrap small items. Hard-to-recycle plastics such as PVC and expandable polystyrene could be phased out.
Have you ever stopped to look when doing your vegetable shopping for instance just how much unnecessary plastic is used? Have you signed the petition to try and stop this?
Last thing I will ask you to do is to please take two minutes out of your day to do this really great survey. I know it really got me thinking and trying to change my ways. There are many simple ways we can start cutting down on our plastic usage and we all really need to seriously start!
We are all set and excited for our next clean up! If you have any suggested destinations for anywhere around Tralee send them on!