Green efforts raise £430 for #2MinuteBeachClean

Mar 7, 2019 | Jenni Ashford

A year on from committing to support The Beach Network with donations from the sale of takeaway cups, Exeter Golf and Country Club has raised a total of £430.

Offering affordable reusable cups, glasses and water bottles at the Members’ Bars has helped achieve their ambition to significantly reduce plastic consumables throughout the organisation. There are now 1000 reusable pint cups in circulation, eradicating the need for disposable plastic pint glasses for outside use, plus the club has sold over 500 reusable coffee cups and drinks bottles. From disposable coffee cups to poolside overshoes, single-use plastic has been given the heave-ho.

While offering a free coffee with the sale of every reusable coffee cup to lessen the initial cost for the customer, the club realised that sometimes occasions arise when a disposable cup is still needed. To make this option less attractive, the club introduced a 25p charge for each one. This 25p surcharge has amounted to £430 which The Beach Network will use tackle the ‘plastic problem’ one beach at a time, where coffee cups and other plastic consumables often end up, washed in with the tide.

Chris Jones, General Manager of Exeter Golf and Country Club said, “With Devon being the only county in England to have two separate coastlines, and much of the disposable plastics ending up in the sea, supporting the #2MinuteBeachClean felt like an appropriate cause to support.”

The #2MinuteBeachClean has been gathering momentum since its launch in 2013. The growing army of volunteer beach cleaners expands month by month – along with its social media support – reaching 100,000 hashtags on Instagram in January. There are now 500 beach clean stations on UK and Irish beaches.

The Beach Network has teamed up with Keep Britain Tidy, looking to expand their good work from the beaches to the countryside and beyond. The Beach Network has reached the shores of the US with a University enlisting their help to reduce single use plastic waste on game days.

Founder, Martin Dorey who lives in North Devon launched his third book, ‘No. More. Plastic’ in May last  year. He is already a successful published author of The Camper Van Cook Books and the TV presenter of BBC Two’s 10 part food and travel series, One Man and His Campervan.

Martin said, “Thanks to Exeter Golf and Country Club for the donation – it will help us to put more beach clean stations on Devon beaches and help people cut down on plastic consumption. We monitor what is getting picked up when people do their #2minutebeachclean and items like plastic cutlery, coffee cup lids and plastic bottles turn up time and time again. So well done! If only every golf club in the UK had the same policy, we’d soon be on our way to making a BIG difference.”

Find out more about The Beach Network and the #2MinuteBeachClean campaign

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