Sarah Goodwin is a 21 year old media graduate from Manchester who has created a video about marine plastic and litter pollution to help explain how our actions negatively impact upon the environment, harming both wildlife and ourselves.
After several day trips to Blackpool volunteering to help clean its beautiful beaches, she was frustrated with the amounts of plastic and rubbish found during the beach cleaning events. Litter such as cigarette butts, plastic shopping bags and drinks bottles carelessly left behind by people. Wet wipes, sanitary wear and cotton bud sticks on the beach because of people flushing these items down the toilet and then being washed in by the sea.
The full video can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP6ldFrmrzM
While making the video Sarah was shocked to learn that marine life, including fish, eat degraded plastics and micro beads found in the sea. Then, more concerning, these plastic particles absorb potentially dangerous sea water toxins, which we consume when we eat the fish.
Sarah’s message to everyone who loves the beach is; “We should all think and act responsibly to reduce plastics and litter on all our beaches and in the sea. I’ve always binned my litter, but since making my video I’m more conscious of reusing or recycling throwaway plastic items such as shopping bags and bottles. Plus I don’t buy beauty products containing plastic micro beads and I only flush the 3p’s down the loo, i.e. pee, poo and paper.”