Photo Courtesy of Surfers Against Sewage
The Big Spring Beach Clean is the largest and most impactful volunteer beach cleaning project in the UK. Across the UK, almost 17,000 volunteers have joined Surfers Against Sewage at 475 beaches and river banks to remove 55 tonnes of plastic pollution.
The single-use plastic drinks bottle was, once again, one of the most commonly found items (with over 17,000 being removed and recycled with Ecover). The poster child for our ‘throwaway’ society, the plastic bottle perfectly demonstrates the need to both refuse single-use plastic and to ensure that we trap the plastic that we have to use in a circular economy, preventing it ever escaping into our environment. Whilst they remain committed to tackling plastic pollution on their beaches for as long as it takes, each and every SAS beach clean volunteer longs for a day when beach clean are nothing but a fond memory and we truly have plastic free coastlines. SAS has been blown away by the response to the Big Spring Beach Clean this year and, together with their Beach Clean volunteers, they will continue to work towards a day where plastic-free coastlines have become a reality.
SAS Rep for Scarborough, Steve Crawford, said it best, "My hope for the future? Is going down to a beach clean and realising there’s nothing to do, no plastic, nothing and all there is to do is sit and look at the sea. You go there and that beach is pristine. That’s the dream, the end goal. And there are lots of ways we can do it”.
Sundried have a strong ethos of recycling plastic bottles and we do so by turning them into clothing. Read more about Sundried's recycled clothing here.
Photo Courtesy of Surfers Against Sewage
Top 10 Big Spring Beach Clean 2017 Stats
- 475 – SAS Big Spring Beach Cleans took place across all regions of the UK
- 16,944 – SAS Big Spring Beach Clean volunteers
- 55,541kg – Of marine litter removed from the UK’s coastline
- 74,000 hours – Donated by SAS Big Spring Beach Clean volunteers
- 17,000+ – Single-use plastic bottles removed and recycled with Ecover
- Weird, Old and Wonderful – A broken open safe, terrapin shell, two 7.62 rifle bullets and a cider can from the 1960’s to name just a few of the surprising items found
- Longest Litter Journey – A Cornwall Council recycling bin found washed up on The Isle of Skye!
- Government Representation – From DEFRA Environment Minister Dr Therese Coffey to Tynemouth’s Young Persons Mayor, Oscar Daniels more than 10 MPs, MSPs, Mayors and local councillors volunteered
- Dawn ‘Till Dusk Big Spring Beach Clean 6am – 6pm cleaning 5 beaches around Bude with The Plastic Movement engaging 200 people and removing 835kg!
- 91 Years YOUNG – Oldest Big Spring Beach Clean Volunteer (Freshwater West, Wales)
If you've been inspired and would like more information on how to get involved with Surfers Against Sewage, especially as they work closely within the community in Southend and Thorpe Bay, follow the below links to their social accounts:
You can also get involved by doing your own #MiniBeachClean and letting the SAS Beach Clean Team know at email@example.com and sharing @surfersagainstsewage.
Greenpeace have won a lawsuit against the Indonesian government which will prevent permits being issued to companies to allow them to dispose of waste in the Citarum river.
The lawsuit was filed after dozens of brands committed to detox their supply chain back in 2015, however little change occurred.
Greenpeace Indonesia, together with community groups Pawapeling, Walhi (Friends of the Earth Indonesia), and Legal Aid Bandung, filed a lawsuit against the government's decision to continue issuing wastewater discharge permits to three textile companies – PT. Kahatex, PT. Insan Sandang Internusa and PT. Five Star Textile.
Ahmad Ashov Birry, Greenpeace campaigner said: “This unprecedented decision gives us hope that a clean and toxic-free river and future in Indonesia is possible. It proved to me that people power can prevail!”
A study showed that total economic loss due to industrial pollution in the area had reached a staggering IDR11,4 trillion (US$1.02 trillion) between 2004 and 2015.
Rancaekek is long known to host textile companies including some of the biggest companies in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. These companies export most of their products abroad, including to several big fashion brands.
In 2015 one high ranking Indonesian official said that people in Rancaekek are prone to cancer due to industrial pollution.
Big brands are neglecting the health of their staff within the supply chain, as well as the environment and it’s time for this to change.
Greenpeace says: “Fashion brands must Detox before it's too late.”
Sundried produce our activewear responsibly in partnership with The Low Carbon Innovation Fund and staff are respected throughout the supply chain, with fair wages and treatment.
Read more on our company ethics here.
We live in a culture where burying your head in the sand is not acceptable. The fashion industry is the 2nd largest pollutant, widely known for terrible and dangerous working conditions, but still we sit back and do not ask our favourite brands simple questions like ‘Where is your product made?’, ‘Why is this so cheap?’ and ‘What are your environmental policies?’
Activewear brand Sundried believe enough people care to launch our brand with impeccable ethical credentials. Hand made in Portugal. Completely traceable. We are also urging consumers to ask their favourite brands about their ethics. We have set-up the hashtag #QuestionTheEthics so you can start challenging brands you buy from.
Read more about the ethics in the fashion industry.