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Volunteers Take to Sandbanks Beach in First Clean-up Event

Sandbanks Beach

Eco-friendly organisation, the Coacoara Foundation, began their mission to clean the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth with a litter-picking event in Sandbanks…

The Coacoara Foundation cleared up approximately 900 litres of rubbish from Sandbanks beach, in the first of their biweekly beach clean-up events to make positive changes to the coastal environment.

The Bournemouth-based non-profit organisation’s team members, as well as over 40 volunteers, met up at the Jazz Café in Poole to begin their mission to clean the local beaches of Poole and Bournemouth on Sunday morning, collecting a total of 18 bags’ worth of litter.

The Coacoara Foundation aims to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic in households, supermarkets and shopping centres, by providing alternative biodegradable and compostable products. The organisation also sells a range of eco-friendly, recycled products on their website, including bamboo kitchen roll and recycled plastic flip flops. The profits are donated to the Ocean Clean Up Project, which works to clean up plastic waste from the ocean, as well as other environmental charities. The Coacoara Foundation is also currently working with the local council to provide funds for additional signs and bins on beaches, to make it easier for the public to dispose of rubbish.

Liam Ulla, founder of the Coacoara Foundation, wrote on their Facebook page: “A massive thank you to everyone who participated in our first ever beach clean-up! We were overwhelmed by the turn out and support of the local community.”

The foundation now aims to meet up with volunteers every two weeks to clean local beaches, and hopes that these events will set an example to other communities. They have also planned a paddle board fundraising event on 27th June, subject to government restrictions, in partnership with Easyriders, a water-sports school based in Poole Harbour.

The next beach clean-up event has been scheduled for 28th June.

For more information about the foundation and to register to take part in their events, visit their website. And you can also follow HQB Media on all our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube

Emily White
Emily is a Wiltshire-born English Literature and Creative Writing graduate, currently living in Poole, with ambitions to work in publishing or journalism. She is an avid reader and book reviewer, posting reviews and book-related content on her blog and Instagram account. In particular, she enjoys writing about culture, local events and, of course, books. In her spare time, she helps to care for two horses, and loves exploring the world.

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