Having gone for a walk on a rare still moment at the weekend, in between storms, we found ourselves once again clearing up plastic from one of our favourite beaches. There has been a lot of kelp washed up in recent weeks and in amongst it, as well as on the rocky shoreline a lot of man-made rubbish, mainly fishing tackle, plastic, and bits of polystyrene. We even found a milk bottle from Columbia.
It felt good to make a small inroad into removing some of this debris but its also such a reminder of how important it is for each and everyone of us to do our best to reduce the amount of plastic we use. Once again the bulk of the plastic we collected was in bottle form. As a family, we all have reusable water bottles now, and here in Orkney, have expanded our use of refillable cleaning products. If we are ever caught out and have to buy something in a plastic bottle we always make sure it is safely recycled so it doesn't end up in the sea.
We are still refining what we use in other aspects of our lives, but have certainly reduced our plastic usage significantly in the past few years, as more and more environmentally friendly and zero waste products come on the market.