Help to clean the coast
Mindful Chef has partnered with Ben Fogle for its third annual beach clean
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Published: 13 September 2021
This Article was Written by: Katie Hill - My Green Pod
Mindful Chef has partnered with UN Patron of the Wilderness Ben Fogle for its third annual Coast Clean, taking place 17-19 September 2021.
Anyone can take part in this nationwide outdoor clean-up and help to reach this year’s target of clearing 75,000 litres of plastic over the weekend. That’s the approximate equivalent of 150,000 plastic bottles, making it one of the UK’s largest clean-up operations.
Become a local hero
Mindful Chef is partnering with The Marine Conservation Society as part of the Great British Beach Clean, and has ambitions to make this year’s event the biggest one yet. The operation is being expanded to include beaches, parks, rivers and woodlands.
People are encouraged to sign up as a ‘local hero’ via the Mindful Chef website. Each participant will receive a volunteer pack in the post ahead of the event, with everything needed to get involved. Click here to sign up.
From families or groups of friends to corporate teams, the event promises a rewarding day out and the opportunity to do something good for the environment.
‘Lots of people rediscovered the joy of the great outdoors during the lockdowns. This is an opportunity to give back to all of those places – beaches, woodlands, rivers, fields or even your local park. It’s our responsibility to look after our planet, which is why I’m supporting Mindful Chef in this mass clean-up effort.
‘I’ll be litter picking around my local area and joining the Mindful Chef team in Battersea for their own clean up on 15 September. I urge anyone who is able to, to sign up on the Mindful Chef website!’
Supporting research on waste
Raising awareness of safe plastic disposal is more important than ever: littering of single-use plastic during Covid-19 has skyrocketed.
70% of inland litter picks in 2020 found PPE, and face masks/gloves were found on 30% of the beaches cleaned by MCS volunteers.
Large-scale clean-up operations serve as an opportunity to collect valuable data on which waste items frequently wash up on our shores.
These data can support campaigns for legislation to be put in place to tackle the most harmful waste issues. Recent findings include a 55% drop in plastic bags found on UK beaches since the 5p charge was introduced.