We all know that pollution is one of the biggest issues facing our planet currently, and one innovative recruitment company is doing their bit to help solve the issue, by cleaning up beaches, and water spaces around the world.
The London-based company Silver Swan Recruitment, recently travelled to Antibes in France following the Monaco Boat Show to tackle a huge cleaning effort across the beach at Plage du Gravette.
Silver Swan was also joined by Plastic Patrol – a charity that has created an app which logs plastic pollution around the world, and local conservationist The Green Stewardess. They called upon travellers who would be in the area that weekend to help them on their clean up mission.
The event was a huge success, with around 75 people from various backgrounds joining the team to help get the beach back to its best – including a group of scouts who happened upon the event.
Silver Swan said that as well as being a rewarding experience, everyone also had great fun – enjoying the sunshine and getting to know new people.
The team cleaned up the beach for around 2 hours and were surprised to find so much litter hiding amongst the sand. By the end of the day the team had over 15 bags fills of litter – many glass bottles, cardboard and plastic. The biggest issue the team found was cigarette butts, with more than 1000 discarded cigarette butts found through the day.
Some of the more unusual findings included a scuba mask, an opera ticket and even a duvet!
The litter found during the clean-up was all logged in the Plastic Patrol app. Anyone around the world can log data in the Plastic Patrol app, which is creating the world’s largest survey of inland plastic pollution. The findings of Plastic Patrol are expected to be released in early 2020.
The efforts of the group were much appreciated by the locals who gave the team a big round of applause.
The findings from the Silver Swan Big Beach Clean Up really make you think about how much litter is being discarded on our beautiful beaches. Hopefully this will make us all think twice before leaving any litter on the beach!
The Silver Swan team recently worked to clean up a canal in London, and are planning to take their clean up mission to more locations – so make sure to keep an eye out for how you can get involved!
The findings from the Silver Swan Big Beach Clean Up really make you think about how much litter is being discarded on our beautiful beaches — which are supposed to be a place to enjoy nature, not ruin.
Hopefully the efforts of the team and their clean-up will make us all think twice before leaving any litter on the beach!
Guest post and images provided by Catriona McGale
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