Out and About
Out and About
Last year, we were delighted to be partnering with Coast Magazine and the Marine Conservation Society for our second Great British Beach Clean. We hoped that this year could be our third, but in light of the current lockdown we were unfortunately unable to carry out a group beach clean, as we decided to put the health and safety of our volunteers first. As the time anniversary of our 2019 beach clean rolls on, we’re throwing back to the amazing work we did, and why it is so important…
It shouldn’t come as surprise to learn that here at Joules we are great lovers of the British coastline; how could we not be? It offers us a port in the storm of our collective busy lives and on a more personal level the first stores we opened were located in some of our favourite seaside towns. With this in mind, and with the desire to help conserve these precious commodities, we’ve supported the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean in partnership with Coast magazine for over 10 years, joining in for the past two.
In their latest report the Marine Conservation Society has reported an average 10% increase in litter collected on their beach clean, with some areas of the UK reporting a 13% increase. That equates to an average of 718 items of litter collected per 100 metres of beach. Clearly, this poses a great many problems.
Keen to lend our support to this worthy endeavour we decided to go one step further by hosting our biggest beach clean yet, in six coastal towns. On Saturday 18th May 2019 dozens of staff and friends of Joules volunteered in Watergate Bay, Abersoch, Wells-next-the-Sea, Lyme Regis, Whitstable and Aldeburgh, to help clear the beaches of debris and litter.
Our six locations were a hive of activity with staff and friends donning their gloves and rubbish sacks to collect mountains of litter ranging from cigarette butts and glass to plastic and food wrappings. Thankfully, the sun was shining on us all, making being outdoors all the nicer.
A huge thank you to everybody who volunteered with us, and we hope to be back on the beaches for 2021! Click below to find out all the ways we’re working to protect our environment and support our community.