Occasionally I have stood on the pier in the morning, waiting for the sunrise and have been disappointed when a cloud has blocked the sun just at the vital moment.One morning earlier in the week didn't look very promising, so we just took Tavi down to the beach instead, and were amazed by the colours, luckily I had the camera in my pocket to capture it.
I wish that this scenery will continue to be a backdrop to these special moments but I am only too aware having being involved in beach cleans over the last twenty years that the tide of plastic in the sea is only increasing......
I took this photo during the bad storms of 2014 and it goes to show that although huge amounts of plastics are not currently landing on the beach they are filling the seas, affecting marine life. It is not only the plastic that we can see, but the sea is also littered with microscopic fragments of manmade products.
Plastic has become so much a huge part of our modern lives that it is easy to ignore and not question if it is really necessary. Do you remember a time when multiple toilet rolls were covered in paper rather than plastic, fizzy drinks and milk came in glass bottles and fish and chips were wrapped in newspaper? Forty percent of the plastics we use is for single use items such as packaging, which have a short shelf-life but are likely to remain in the environment for centuries to come.
It is good to see that this issue seems to have recently come to the top of everyone's agenda and a week doesn't seem to go by when this isn't featured in newspapers, tv or social media. Did you see those pictures recently from Blue Planet? I think it is up to all of us to evaluate what we buy and seek out non-plastic alternatives. After all, the levy that was introduced on plastic bags in the UK has reduced usage by 85%, wouldn't it be wonderful if a deposit scheme on plastic bottles and other measures to reduce single use plastics could have a similar effect?
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