The choices we make
If we all use fewer products that create rubbish and dispose of what we use carefully, we can keep our coasts the way they should be: litter-free. The choices we make have a huge effect on the health of our oceans. Stopping litter, putting rubbish in the bin and following the four ‘R’s are easy ways to do your bit for the beach.
The most important of the four ‘R’s. If we don’t create rubbish in the first place, then we don’t need to worry about how we dispose of it, or worry about filling-up our landfills. Say “No” to plastic bags and take your own basket or bag when you go shopping.
Reduce the amount of waste you create. Use less rubbish and throw less away. Grow your own food. It’s fun, saves you money, and food from the garden doesn’t come wrapped in plastic. Buy fewer packaged goods and compost organic waste. Buy food in bulk rather than single-serve, individually wrapped products.
Think about how something could be used again before you put it in the bin or recycle it. Fill your bottle with water from the tap or filter station rather than buying a new one. Bring your own reusable bag to the supermarket or dairy. Use old ice cream containers as a lunch box or to store things in. Buy a Sustainable Coastlines reusable bottle.
If you have to have it and you can’t reuse it, then recycle it. Recycling means that we don’t need as many materials to make new products, saves energy, creates less waste and stops our landfills from filling-up so quickly.
Sign-up to clean-up
For rubbish that is already on our beaches the answer is simple: we can pick it up! Beach clean-ups are a great way to learn more about the issue and get involved in a hands-on solution. For invites to our events and to keep up to date with what we’re doing to look after our coastlines, join our mailing list through the form at the bottom of this page. Check out our upcoming events.
Run your own event
Beach clean-ups are great fun to organise for your friends, family, business, and community. Our Love your Coast website provides ‘How-to’ guides for planning a clean-up and lets you upload and promote your event. We also have reusable sacks and gloves that may be available to borrow. Whether you’re a family of five or a caring corporate, we’re here to help.
Show your support
Make a donation to the cause, order official merchandise, or become a sponsor today.