Plastic ocean: how SAS are helping make Britain’s beaches plastic free – Coast Magazine
Coast catches up with Surfers Against Sewage to see how its campaign, Plastic Free Coastline Communities is working to stem the tide of single-use plastics around Britain’s beaches. Words Anna turns
With gale force winds blowing offshore as the dawn breaks, three surfers brave the wild waves at Pentewan Beach on Cornwall’s south coast, surrounded by cormorants diving for fish and a lone seal bobbing about. After catching a few waves, one of the surfers, Hugo Tagholm, picks up a handful of plastic as he walks back up the beach – a water bottle and some cutlery. ‘This connection with nature is such a privilege but there’s always plastic on any British Isles beach and removing some of it is my thanks to Mother Ocean,’ he says.
As chief executive of the Cornwall-based charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), Hugo is on a mission to put a stop to this tide of plastic pollution with the Plastic Free Coastline (PFC) communities initiative, which launched in August 2017.
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