Published: Wednesday 17th Jul 2019
Written by: Kirsty Jones
With plastic pollution a growing concern on Yorkshire coastline, last week the Ingrid Flute team wellied up and took to Whitby beach on our very first #2MinuteBeachClean.
It was a wet and windy day but that certainly didn’t stop us, even when we quickly realised this was a job for a lot more than 2 minutes! Time flies though when you’re in such a beautiful setting and the team enjoyed an hour out of our usual working day to walk Whitby’s beach and harbourside, picking up stray plastic bottles, straws and even the odd pair of sunglasses!
The Marine Conservation Society estimates that on our UK beaches there was just over 7 tonnes of litter collected from a handful of beaches over the last three years, highlighting how important it is for us to all do our bit across the country to keep marine life and our beaches beautiful for all to enjoy. And it doesn’t take much, with the new #2MinuteBeachClean board installed by the North York Moors National Park on Whitby Beach (with more to come across the Yorkshire Coast!), keeping our coast clean is easier than ever.
We loved our beach cleaning experience, what a rewarding way to spend an hour! We’ll certainly be back out with our bin bags soon.
How you can help
The best thing about #2MinuteBeachClean is that anyone can join in! Grab a bag and some litter pickers from the board and spend as long or as little as you want cleaning, every bit makes a big difference.
If you're visiting the Yorkshire Coast this summer, be sure to make sure you leave the beach as you find it. Bring a bag so that you can take your litter home with you, or use the litter bins provided along the harbourside. Even the smallest plastic straw can be detrimental if it finds its way into the ocean.