Welcome to my blog and thanks for visiting. On these pages I’m going to track my experiences picking up (mostly) plastic rubbish from the beaches near my home town of Falmouth, UK. Those plastic bottles, cigarette buts and crisp packets; those nests of fishing line and nets and heavy-duty plastic ties; those lighters and tampon applicators. You may have noticed them when you go to the beach. I pick them up.
You may ask why I bother? It’s simple: I’m completely obsessed by it. I didn’t choose this job – it chose me, and now I see plastic debris everywhere – the water bottle or candy wrapper on the street or in the playground that everyone walks by? I pick it up. I can’t walk by anymore.
I’ve been cleaning beaches for over about a year and it’s been something of a roller-coaster. On the one hand it feels good to know I’m removing plastic from the ocean. On the other hand, every week there’s more on the beach. And even when I bring it home and recycle what little I can and dispose of the rest in my household rubbish, how do I know that some or all of it doesn’t just blow back into the sea?
So join me on this ride, and let me know what you think. And if you see a water bottle on the beach and decide to pick it up and recycle it – I thank you and ask you to let me know about it!