A mother and daughter team are on a mission to help Salcombe estuary become more plastic clever as part of our Kids Against Plastic initiative.
Anna Turns and six-year-old Ella are helping residents, holidaymakers, schools and business owners in this coastal area of Devon to think more responsibly about single-use plastic in order to reduce marine litter along this beautiful stretch of coastline and protect marine wildlife such as dolphins, whales, basking sharks, fish and even seahorses.
They are presenting plastic clever awards to businesses and organisations who are finding non-plastic alternatives to disposables such as drinks bottles, carrier bags, takeaway cutlery, coffee cup lids, straws and balloons.
“We believe Salcombe has the potential to become the UK’s first plastic clever town if we all act now. Globally eight million tonnes of plastic litter enters the oceans every year, and the solutions are so simple!” says Anna. “We find endless straws, plastic bottles, balloons and microplastics (tiny fragments of plastic items) on the beaches in and around the estuary all year round – they never biodegrade.” She explains that in Salcombe, plastic litter is a problem up the creeks and it is often the tiny microplastics and nurdles (lentil-sized raw plastic pellets) that are found in huge abundance on local beaches. But Anna explains that “as consumers we all have the power to say no and prevent plastics reaching our estuary, harming marine wildlife and entering our food chain by choosing reusable options like stainless steel drinks bottles.”