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Sea of microplastics on 'storm-hit' Cornish beach

Sea of microplastics on 'storm-hit' Cornish beach

Published by Emma Carton at 9:02am 2nd October 2019. (Updated at 11:48am 2nd October 2019)

An eco-champion describes the sea of microplastics on a storm-hit beach in Cornwall as heartbreaking.

Beach Guardian spent hours clearing Watergate Bay after days of super high tides.

Co-founder Emily Stevenson says the waves dredged up a load of debris.

Microplastics at Watergate Bay 2
An eco-champion from Cornwall has cleared millions of pieces of microplastics from Watergate Bay after super high tides. Photo: Beach Guardian

Spreaking during her Tune in Tuesday broadcast on Facebook, Emily says she recovered millions of pieces of plastic.

"In that four hours I removed a few million pieces of plastic. You can see them here - they half-filled this trug full of tiny pieces of plastic.

"It breaks up smaller and smaller and smaller into these tiny pieces of plastic.

"They are harder and harder to remove and easier to get into our food chain".

Emily Stevenson, Beach Guardian

Emily is urging people to join her for another beach clean at Watergate Bay on Sunday 6th October at 2pm.

Anyone can make enquiries by emailing emily@beachguardian.co.uk or follow her the Beach Guardian page.

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