Another trip to our lovely local beach, another haul of plastic crap degraded by the sun in the churn of the Solent. Today I found a small bag washed up and proceeded to fill it with wrappers and lids and straws, broken toys and polystyrene. Beer caps seem to be numerous now too, perhaps a downside of the craft-beer trend?
I can't walk past this stuff anymore; at the same time completely aware that my efforts are a drop in the ocean. I usually try to take 3 for the sea; and I obviously don't litter. But despite past zero-waste aspirations, our household still purchases single use plastics; and the kids receive generous loads of Cheap Plastic Crap TM throughout the year.
And at the same time that I, one small person, feel completely powerless in the face of such terrible waste; I know that this one small straw that found its way into the ocean had such a devastating impact on this beautiful creature:
And I can have more impact than one small plastic straw, surely?