What are your plans this month?
Maybe you’re getting ready for your summer holiday or planning your next epic surf trip. But how about spending just 2 minutes to help fight the plastic pollution crisis?
June 1st marked the start of 2 Minute Month. This means that the #2MinuteBeachClean mission has started.
We were born and raised in salt and sand so it’s only right we look after our coastlines, beaches and marine life. As surfers, the beaches are our sanctuary and #2MinuteBeachClean pledges to clean and look after them to the best of their ability. The #2MinuteBeachClean family is a growing community of beach lovers who scope every piece of the coastline removing marine litter and plastic waste two minutes at a time. Rest assured, each and every piece of marine plastic removed from the beach is a piece that will no longer pollute marine and coastal environments.
#2MinuteBeachClean was kickstarted by Martin Dorey (an avid writer, surfer and beach lover) back in the winter of 2013 when he saw just how much litter was on his local beach after a storm hit. But he couldn’t clear it by himself in one day. The solution? Engage 1000s of people with a hashtag to give just 120 seconds to help clean whenever they can. Many small incremental efforts can add together to make a big difference. As they say, many hands make light work.
We’ve been supporters of the movement since its inception, and now it’s your turn to get involved. Not sure how to get started? There’s a whole host of ways to join. Keep a lookout for your nearest beach clean station (there’s more than 500 of them). Once you’ve found your nearest board, you’ll be met with litter pickers and a holder for carrier bags. Simply scour your beach for two minutes (you can obviously spend longer!) with a used carrier bag and fill it up. Once you’re done simply dispose of the litter in nearby bins or recycling points. Make sure to return your plastic bag to be reused by other beach cleaners! Alternatively, on your way back out of the sea from a surf? Why not try scouring the high tide line for a couple of minutes after every session. The difference we can make as surfers to our local beaches is hugely significant.
You can also save our oceans from plastic pollution from your smartphone. Simply download the #2MinuteBeachClean app to your phone, check in to your local beach and head off to do your beach litter pick. Open the app and take a snap of what you’ve found (and how much!) and post it to social media. Data can be collected, and patterns can be found in a bid to find a solution. The more you use the app, the more power it will have. You can download the app here.
If the beach isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty of opportunities to get involved. There’s also the #2MinuteLitterPick and the #2MinuteStreetClean.
If you’re landlocked but you’re just as tired of seeing litter on your roads and in your park, the efforts you make can still help the oceans as well as your local environment and wildlife. 80% of plastic makes its way to the oceans from land sources. Next time it’s windy or raining, that sweet wrapper of a plastic bottle you often see in the street will most likely wash into a drain or nearby river – from here it is likely to filter down through the waterways where it will ultimately end up in the ocean. So even landlocked surfers and beach lovers can play a vital role in protecting our oceans.
Want to join the movement? Click here. It takes less than 2 minutes…
You can also support #2MinuteBeachClean by purchasing one of the items from their clothing range. We donate 100% of profits straight back to them.