Founded in 1990 Cornish charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is a marine conservation charity working tirelessly with communities to protect oceans, beached and marine life.
Their ‘Wasteland’ campaign brings to life the concerns about the amount of plastic present in the marine environment.
Plastic can be deadly to our wildlife; entangling, injuring and drowning animals, it can also be mistaken for food; blocking the digestive systems of animals and causing them to starve to death.
For humans the plastic is detrimental to our wild spaces and oxygen supply. Health-wise “the chemicals that plastics leach and absorb in seawater have been linked to endocrine disruption and some cancers and with 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption now containing plastic, it’s no longer a question of if there is plastic in our seafood, but how bad exactly that is for us.”
After successful completion of the five objective guidelines in the Surfers Against Sewage Plastic Free Coastlines toolkit, In December, Penzance made national news, proudly gaining the accolade of the first SAS Plastic Free Coastlines approved location. As well as being supported by Penzance Town Council businesses in the town have been assisted and inspired by the local SAS team to remove three or more single-use plastic items. Some of these items have been removed completely and replaced with eco-friendly alternatives. A steering group has also been set up to continue the Plastic Free Coastlines momentum. The steering group will hold regular meetings to discuss more positive changes that can be made to reduce the damaging effects in the local and wider marine environment that are caused by plastic. It was recently announced that the team will be partnering with Golowan to reduce single-use plastics at this year’s festival.
Search ‘Plastic Free Penzance’ on Facebook to get involved and keep up to date with Penzance’s progress and events.
If you would like to learn more about how you can help to create plastic free coastlines you can visit www.plasticfree.org.uk