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Did you join in on the big beach clean-up last weekend? If you did – thank you! From the 15th to the 17th September the Marine Conservation Society hosted a UK wide beach clean campaign and Newquay Zoo was proud to be part of it.

Marine plastics is a huge issue for us. It damages our coastline, our oceans and most importantly our wildlife. Plastics can end up in the ocean from an array of different sources, but once it’s in the ocean it can cause untold trouble for the animals that live there. Large pieces of plastic can entangle marine animals, whilst tiny pieces can easily be eaten, meaning it enters the marine food chain. Once in the ocean some of the heavier pieces can often sink to the ocean floor, whilst others will end up on the shore.

The scary thing is, once waste plastic has entered the ocean it can end up across the world; studies have found plastics in remote locations such as the Arctic! Not only that, but once plastics have entered the food chain they can end up on our plates.

So what can we do about it?

Well, a great way to start is to organise a local beach clean. Hundreds and thousands of tons of rubbish are found on beaches each year. So, get some friends together and see what you can collect. You can make it fun as well as worthwhile. To find out more about our latest beach clean, read more here.

 

Change the way that you shop

Try to buy products that have been made using recycled materials. Stop buying bottled water and start using your own re-usable water bottle or thermos flask. Stop using straws and remember to bring your own bag when you’re next out shopping. There are many little changes that we can all make to help do our bit. To find out more about what Newquay Zoo are doing to step away from waste plastics, find out here.

There are lots of ways to get involved and make a difference. Find out what your local charities, like Newquay Zoo, are doing to raise awareness of waste plastics and support them. Recently, Sky Ocean Rescue embarked on a nationwide mission to highlight waste plastics across the country. They did this by building a giant whale out of waste plastics and shipping it around the country to raise awareness of just how much rubbish can be found in our oceans and what it is doing to our wildlife. Read on to hear more about how we got involved. Newquay Zoo will be hosting a number of beach cleans next year, so keep checking the events section of our website for more details.

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