Staff from Wi-Manx did their bit in helping to clean up the local environment, by taking part in a beach clean on Douglas beach in conjunction with Beach Buddies last Thursday evening.
We filled bags with plastic rubbish from the shoreline, including plastic bottles, bottle tops and other small items of plastic, plus shoe laces, rope and even a lighter – all harmful to wildlife and potentially to humans too.
Beach Buddies was founded by Bill Dale in 2006. Bill runs regular beach cleaning events throughout the year with the help of volunteers, alternating between the north and south of the island. The charity was recognised by UNESCO Biosphere in 2016 as “an excellent example” of how to tackle the problem of marine litter on the world’s beaches. Bill has also won numerous awards for its achievements including the British Empire Medal (BEM) from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for “Services to the Marine Environment” and a Tynwald Honour to recognise his contribution to Manx life.
Sarah Read, Wi-Manx Marketing Manager, said, “We were delighted to be able to support Beach Buddies last week when members of the Wi-Manx team took part in a beach clean on Douglas beach.”
“Beach Buddies does a lot of great work on our Island in helping to keep the local beaches free from rubbish which has a devastating effect on sea animals and seabirds, so we were pleased to be able to do our bit to assist the charity. The clean was very therapeutic and we were quite surprised about the amount of rubbish that we found that washes up on our shoreline.”
She added, “We really enjoyed taking part in the beach clean and will be planning another one shortly.”
Bill Dale, Beach Buddies founder, said, “We run lots of events for companies, and it’s always great to see new faces who have never been beach cleaning before, and hear their reaction when they see for themselves the amount of marine litter that washes up on our beaches.”
“The Wi-Manx team seemed to really enjoy themselves, and all said they wanted to come back again, so it was really worthwhile. I warned them beforehand that beach cleaning becomes addictive. I think they now understand what I meant!”
As well as the great environmental work carried out by Beach Buddies, the Manx Government also recently introduced its strategy for addressing the environmental challenges that single use plastics causes. The strategy is to be rolled out from within Government before it is then progressed to the wider community, where it could include a levy on plastic bags and measures to reduce food and drink packaging.
For more information about Beach Buddies, visit www.beachbuddies.net.