Have you decided on your 2018 New Years resolution yet? If not, here are a few suggestions which you could adopt to help LOVEmyBEACH.
1. If you want to get fit and make friends…join us on a beach clean and help tackle plastic pollution!
There are over 30 beach clean volunteer groups across the North West coast and up to nine beach cleaning events taking place each week.
Make friends, breathe in the fresh air, increase your steps for the day and make a noticeable difference to the beach environment.
Everyone is welcome!
As one of our volunteers said, “It’s good exercise and a pleasant way to make new friends whilst achieving something useful.”
Click here for full event listings and how to get in touch with the coordinators should you have any questions.
2. If you want to eat healthier…cut back on your use of cooking oils or opt for a low-fat spray option such as Frylight.
Fats and grease act the same way in your arteries as they do in the sewage system; clogging up vital assets and reducing flow.
Keep your body healthy and the sewers flowing by making this easy switch. By not pouring harmful fats down the sink you are reducing the risk of drains becoming blocked and sewage overflowing to our rivers and seas.
For some lighter, fat free recipes (courtesy of United Utilities) please visit this link.
3. If you can make a small change from home…take our pledge and promise to LOVE YOUR DRAINS in 2018; protecting the North West’s clean beaches and seas.
Can you help us hit our target of 100 sign up’s? Please share the link with your friends and family.
4. If you want to reduce single use plastics…make small changes towards plastic-free living.
Disposable, single use plastics will be as hard to avoid in 2018 as they were in 2017! It’s estimated that there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050 therefore every step taken towards reducing plastics is a step in the right direction. Why not start your journey today?
Here are a few suggestions on how you can start to reduce your plastic usage, click here for more information or share your ideas on social media using #lovemybeach.
5. If you want to recycle more…start with your Christmas Tree!
Contact your local authority today for guidance on whether they provide a Christmas tree collection service, if not take it to the Green Waste section at the tip or even compost it at home.
If you live on the Fylde coast or in Formby why not donate your Christmas tree to help a sand dune restoration project? Just be sure to remove all decorations first!
Christmas trees can be donated to the St Annes Sand Dunes project between the 5th and 15th January and the drop off locations can be found on the Fylde Council website.
For three days from the 6th to the 8th February the Annual Christmas Tree Planting Event will be taking place, where the donated trees will be partially buried by volunteers and the Fylde Sand Dunes Project team out in the dunes. The branches of the recycled Christmas trees trap sand as it’s blown ashore, which accumulates and helps to build up the sand dunes naturally! The team are looking for volunteers so if you’d like to help at the event please visit their Facebook page.
Christmas trees can be dropped off at the National Trust car park on Victoria Road any day between 4th and 22nd of January between 9am and 3.30pm. Trees up to about 5ft are the best height for the fences at Formby. Click here for more information.