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Welcome to OceanClear Clitheroe, our online Plastic-free shop! Launched in October 2018, we have big plans to bring you some exciting new products from a growing collection of eco-friendly, independent makers. Reducing plastic waste is at the forefront of their mind, and for that we support them.
Globally we are producing approximately 300 million tonnes of plastic each year, and around half of that is classed as single-use plastic. How did we become a 'Throw away' society and what can be done to turn it around? It's easy to feel as though individually we can't make a difference, but collectively we can by making small changes to our weekly shopping habits. In truth, the survival of our marine life depends on it.
With such a huge love for the outdoors it was only natural that we wanted to take steps to reduce our own waste, and help others to too. Over the last two years we have taken part in beach cleans in the north west of England, and whenever possible carried out mini cleans on the banks of our local river. In 2019 we also successfully organised a clean in our home town of Clitheroe as part of the Surfers Against Sewage : Big Spring Clean - Summit to Sea.
Alongside our online store in 2019 we ran a drop-off location for a number of TerraCycle UK's recycling programmes. Due to other commitments our recycling point is now closed, however as volunteers we collected approx 500kg of recycling and raised money for selected charities through our involvement with the scheme. In addition, we are well on our way with encouraging local businesses to participate in the national Refill scheme from City to Sea. This fantastic iniative makes free tap water refills easily available to everyone, so always make sure you carry your reusable bottle with you! You can follow our progress on Refill here.
We hope that the beautiful imagery you'll see throughout our website will serve as a reminder of what we are striving to protect. In stark contrast, the images you can see here are already a harsh reality in many parts of the world, and plastic pollution is rising at an alarming rate. Unless we act NOW, by 2050 there'll be more plastic in our oceans than fish!
The OceanClear ethos is that every single piece of plastic waste avoided is a positive step in the direction, and hopefully in working together, we can continue to move towards a plastic free future.
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