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Take only memories…leave only footprints
A set of installations designed to represent the impact our waste has on Dorset beaches have been installed in Weymouth Lyme Regis West Bay & Bournemouth.
This summer we’re encouraging visitors enjoying the Dorset coast to be plastic savvy and reduce the amount of rubbish entering the sea and littering our beautiful beaches.
Whether it’s discarded plastic, cigarette butts littering the sand or large amounts of take away litter; the end is all too predictable and bound to have an impact on our seas, beaches and ecosystems.
Don’t take our word for it, go see them for yourself – take a ‘selfie’, upload your photos using the #footprints and tell us what you will do or have done to help tackle the issues of beach litter and reducing single use plastics.
Or if you have any brilliant ideas…tell us what they are! It’s good to talk!
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Thanks to our brilliant supporters and communities around Dorset and along the coast doing 2-minute beach & litter picks and our beach clean care groups and volunteers, we’re able to tackle this problem from a local to countywide level.
So, if you ‘take only memories and leave only footprints’…you can be part of the solution.[/vc_column_text]
The project was devised by Litter Free Coast and Sea and Dorset Food and Drink after their innovative ‘plastic surgeries’, where local food and drink businesses were invited to a series of roadshows to find out how to reduce their plastic consumables, experiment with alternative packaging and share their experience to inspire others in the industry to do the same.
The sculptures celebrate their efforts and promote making environmentally responsible choices.
Jack Raisey the artist says “The sculptures will not only create a striking silhouette against the beachscape but are designed to encourage people stop and think, even if only for a second. If everyone made small changes, it adds up to make a big difference.”
Gwen Hawkins, coordinator of Litter Free Coast and Sea says “We want to engage with people using the beaches and help them be more aware of the damage littering causes, with the aim of reducing food and drink related litter such as bottles, trays, cutlery, BBQs etc. The sculptures Jack has created will get people’s attention and make people think about the impact they have while at the beach”.
The project has very much been one of partnership, bringing together Litter Free Coast and Sea, Dorset Food and Drink, and the Arts Development Company as well as Dorset Council, Lyme Regis Town Council, Bridport Town Council, Weymouth Town Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.
Whether it’s discarded plastic bags, cigarette butts winding their way into drains, or large amounts of plastic waste and litter; the end is all too predictable, and bound to have an impact on our seas, beaches and ecosystems.
But its thanks to our supporters and communities around Dorset and along the coast doing 2-minute beach cleans and litter picks that we’re able to tackle this problem from local to national level. It’s a complex issue and will take all of us—from corporate responsibility to government engagement and public involvement—to craft lasting solutions.
The sculptures represent typical single use plastic, take away food and drink containers and promote key campaign messages to help steer and suggest choices we can all make to combat the impact plastic, and our waste, is having on our local environment and our planet.
Decorated to represent the geology of the area; the sculptures show that the fossils of tomorrow may be the plastic litter we release into the environment today.