In April, we'll be teaming up with Marine Conservation Society to clean up 100 beaches around the UK – why not come along and join us?
The UK's beautiful coastline is at the heart of many happy days out and cherished childhood memories, but MCS has found that there are now, on average, two pieces of litter on every metre of our beaches. For the past two years, M&S has been working with MCS to organise an annual clean-up of the country's beaches. As well as keeping our coastline looking its best, the big beach clean-up – taking place this year from 24 April to 30 April – helps preserve sea life at risk of ingesting plastic rubbish.
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Last year's event was a huge success, with more than 9,000 volunteers helping to clear litter from 113 beaches and 50 canals up and down the country – covering a total distance of around 300km. Participants collected over 30,000kg of litter, including cans, wrappers, bottles, a trampoline, a fire extinguisher and an HM Prison Service toothbrush! According to Samantha Fanshawe, chief executive of MCS: 'M&S's employee and customer support for beach cleans last year really helped us to turn a corner in the fight against beach litter. It is fantastic to have their support again this year and we're hoping for a massive turn out from the public.'
If you want to join in with this year's Big Beach Clean-up, it only takes an hour or two, then you can spend the rest of the day enjoying the organised activities. And as a special thank you for your help, M&S will give you £5 off your next food shop when you spend £30 or more*.
Register here with MCS to take part in a beach clean.
View our photo gallery from last year's beach clean here…