The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is asking people to give up single-use plastic during June to help highlight the growing problem of plastic in our seas..

The Society are asking people to give up conveniences such as pre-packed sandwiches, ready meals and plastic-bottled drinks for a day, a week or even the whole month.


MCS say the amount of plastic litter on beaches throughout the UK has increased by 180% in the last 20 years and has become a massive threat to marine wildlife.

While the beaches on the Isles of Scilly are generally clean, the vast amount of coastline and isolated location makes the archipelago particularly vulnerable to marine debris.


On the second Scilly Kayak Challenge, an expedition organised by MCS last week, a team of 13 kayakers collected 31 bin bags full of plastic in addition to around 40kg of rope, crab pots and various boxes from five beaches around the Isles of Scilly.

This came less than two months after the major spring clean of local beaches in March organised by the Council and the Wildlife Trust.

Dr Sue Kinsey, a Technical Specialist at MCS said: “We want to change people's attitudes towards single-use plastics, and to encourage people to value plastic as a resource – not just buying stuff without any thought of the environmental impact”


“People taking on the Plastic Challenge are often shocked to find out just how much single-use plastic is used every day. Have a go at the Plastic Challenge, even if you can only manage a single day, and you'll never look at your shopping in the same way again!”


Register to take part in the Plastic Challenge at:

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