Battle of the Beach Cleans was a Tiny Box Company event that took part on Brighton Beach last Saturday 25th September.
To raise awareness about marine plastic pollution, Tiny Box Company, the Sussex-based ethical packaging company, declared war on waste, backed by our friends at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage, Brighton.
“A brilliant turn out for a beach clean’, I was told by so many attendees at the event. I couldn’t have been more delighted to see the crowd that came to help clean up the stretch of Brighton Beach between West Pier and Palace Pier last weekend” says Emily Feehan of Tiny Box Company, event organiser. “We decided to launch this competition to raise awareness of the huge problem of litter and plastic in our seas and beaches, which is already affecting wildlife and ourselves.”
Team ‘Big Fish’ and Team ‘Little Fish’ competed for the title of ‘Best Litter Pickers’ as a collective group representing ethical cardboard gift packaging company, Tiny Box Company.
“We didn’t want our beach clean to be ‘just another beach clean’, so in true Tiny Box spirit, we went that step further and decided to turn it into a competition whilst providing some interesting talk to attendees and passers by from our industry experts at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation and Surfers Against Sewage”.
Both teams brought in a huge amount of litter, team Little Fish were the winners of the day bringing in 28lb of waste, however, team Big Fish weren’t far behind with 26lb, giving us a grand total of 55lb of litter collected in the 2 hours of beach cleaning.
The British Plastics Federation estimates that 46% of the UK’s plastic waste is incinerated, 19% is exported and 17% goes to landfill. That leaves just 18% being recycled. The consequence is that the UK either burns the excess plastic recycling for fuel or sells the waste abroad to countries that most of the time do not have the capacity for recycling either, resulting in the plastic ending up in the environment and posing a threat to whales, dolphins, porpoises and other Wildlife.