Hol­i­day fam­ily in fight against lit­ter

The Arran Banner - - News - Colin Smee­ton edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

Three gen­er­a­tions of the Marshall fam­ily from Gloucestershire have played their part in help­ing to re­duce marine plas­tic lit­ter by un­der­tak­ing a beach clean while on hol­i­day on Ar­ran.

Alexan­dra Marshall, grand­son El­liott and daugh­ter-in-law Abi were in­spired to re­move the rub­bish af­ter an ear­lier trip to Ireland where they learned of an ini­tia­tive en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to pick up any plas­tic they find.

Tak­ing place dur­ing their last day on Ar­ran, the fam­ily took to the se­cluded Cor­riecravie beach and spent the morn­ing col­lect­ing plas­tic and lit­ter.

Alexan­dra said: ‘Three gen­er­a­tions of our fam­ily had a won­der­ful week on Ar­ran at Cor­r­i­cravie and spent our last morn­ing on the lovely se­cluded beach there.

‘We did a mini clean-up but some pieces were quite large and we had to leave the col­lec­tion there, but we put it above the tide line in the hope that in due course some­one would find it and be able to re­move it.’

Fol­low­ing an in­crease in aware­ness of plas­tic pol­lu­tion in the oceans, var­i­ous ini­tia­tives are be­ing un­der­taken by in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions try­ing to make a dif­fer­ence by re­mov­ing lit­ter, es­pe­cially plas­tic, from beaches and the sea.

Run­ning aware­ness and ac­tion cam­paigns to help elim­i­nate plas­tic waste are or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Surfers Against Sewage and #binit4beaches and Take 3 for the Sea which en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­als to re­move at least three pieces of rub­bish when vis­it­ing beaches, wa­ter­ways or any­where that rub­bish can be found.

Ar­ran or­gan­i­sa­tion Think About Plas­tic (TAP) has also been playing a role in beach cleans and has been work­ing with North Ayr­shire Coun­cil and lo­cal busi­nesses such as the Auchran­nie Re­sort, Lam­lash Bay Ho­tel and Car­raig Mhòr Bed and Break­fast and Alice’s Won­der­land B&B, in help­ing to re­duce plas­tic us­age and find­ing sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tives.

Abi Marshall re­moves large plas­tic items from the beach.

El­liott Marshall dur­ing the Cor­riecravie beach clean.

A col­lec­tion of plas­tic re­moved from Cor­riecravie.

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