Cramond Beach Clearance

Tackling plastic waste through community projects

Globally, the issue of plastic waste is a growing and immediate concern.

More than eight million tons of plastic are dumped into oceans each year, while concentrated areas of plastic waste like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch continue to grow. Over 90% of seabirds have plastic pieces in their stomachs.

At FULL, we’re committed to the 3 Ps of sustainability: People, Planet, and Prosperity. Getting involved in the community at a local level is a great way to put these values into action.

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The small island of Cramond is a short commute from Edinburgh’s city centre. The Marine Conservation Society holds regular clearances of the beach, calling on volunteers to get involved by documenting and clearing its plastic waste.

UK Team Lead Gerry Mccoll and Account Executive Sally James spotted the opportunity for FULL to get involved with the beach clean on April 21st – the weekend of Earth Day 2018.

Adam Bainbridge, a CEA at FULL, attended the clean-up on the day and managed to team up with Scottish National Heritage to promote their project to reduce plastic waste in the workplace.

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Adam and the other volunteers spread out across the beach to tackle different areas of the coastline and remove plastic debris, from packaging dumped in rockpools, to plastic-stemmed cotton buds, wet wipes and straws that had washed up directly onto the beach.

The scale of the world’s plastic waste problem can seem overwhelming, but local projects like the Cramond beach clearance are a great way to have an immediate impact and make a difference at a community level.

Thanks to the team for all of their hard work!

 

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