Christmas beach-litter baubles

The Jurassic Coast has got Christmas decorations made from beach litter. Local artist Claire Nuttell and students from Arts University College Bournemouth used discarded bottle tops, plastic bags, crisp packets and sweet wrappers collected from Sandbanks and Chesil beach to create 20 football sized baubles to decorate Christmas trees at five sites in Dorset.

Beach litter Christmas baubles: Photo stolen from @LitterFreeCoast on Twitter (hope they don’t mind)

It’s great that someone is trying to get the issue noticed but I have to say I am not really that impressed. This is supposed to be by an artist and university art students, so it’s a bit depressing that the best they can muster – physically, conceptually, intellectually or artistically

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Putting a price on rubbish

South Park rubbish

As I wander along the beach I wonder if there is a way that we can stop some of the rubbish that is dumped getting there to start with or getting cleared up quicker. When I found this South Park branded sweet dispenser on the beach yesterday I started to think about possible solutions.

The marketeers are responsible for using brands to pedal overpriced and over-packaged goodies. It’s people’s choice if they waste their money on these things but when the shiny new rubbish loses its appeal it becomes…just rubbish! Perhaps the marketeer or the brand holder should pay a tax or charge to pay towards the clearing up of their rubbish when the customer tires

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Irish advice

My friend Francesca let me have a copy of this picture she took on a trip to west Ireland. This is the sort of information we should all be familiar with.

How long will your litter last in the sea?

Vitalises the wrong things?

I have always abhorred the needless vandalism that littering is. I don’t have so much of a problem with small items that break down quickly (though now as a non-smoker I an appalled to discover how long it takes for dog-ends to degrade – I’m sorry!) and there is a case for things like apple cores and cherry pips to be given a chance in the wild perhaps, but why are people too lazy and too thoughtless to take home the things they brought with them to the beach (or anywhere else)? (That goes for dog shit too!! Dog shit can be a river and sea pollutant as well as unpleasant and possibly dangerous for humans.)

But like I said,

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