25,000 small acts of repair

I was on Arthur’s Beach, Cornwall, when I first looked down and saw something that didn’t look right. It was a section of nylon rope. I looked around some more and saw more rope – and bits of plastic and Styrofoam  – all over the beach. So I picked up what I could and took it home. I’ve been cleaning plastic off beaches ever since. Working on my own and in collaboration with others, together we have removed tens of thousands of bits of plastic from beaches all over the world.

You can read my cleaning beaches blog (2011-2014) here

 

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Nurdles on Willows Beach, December 2017.

 

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beach, beach debris, beach debris bundle, 2016.

 

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beach, beach debris, beach debris bundle, 2016.

 

Cleaning polystyrene, 2013, Victoria, Canada.
Cleaning polystyrene, 2013, Victoria, Canada.

 

Beach cleaner’s belt, 2012, beach debris, wool, 20″ x 60″.

 

“a year and a day of cleaning beaches” knitted diary, wool, 2012.

 

Beach debris wrapped in wool, 2012.

 

Beach debris wrapped in wool, 2012.

 

"Red Super Hero Pants" collaboration with Christina Romero Cross, 2012, Cornwall, UK .
“Red Super Hero Pants” collaboration with Christina Romero Cross, Cornwall, UK, 2012 .

 

Using a bottle to collect nurdles and polystyrene, 2012.
Using a bottle to collect nurdles and polystyrene, 2012.

 

Beach debris tipi – collaboration with Jan Nowell, Christina Romero Cross and Tina Player, 2011, Falmouth, UK.

 

Beach debris tipi - collaboration with Jan Nowell, Christina Romero Cross and Tina Player, 2011, Falmouth, UK.
Beach debris tipi (detail,) collaboration with Jan Nowell, Christina Romero Cross and Tina Player, Falmouth, UK, 2011.

 

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Gylly Beach Ocean Debris investigation, 2011, Falmouth University students, Falmouth, UK.
Gylly Beach Ocean debris investigation, Falmouth, UK, November 2011.

 

Cleaning up on a beach near Falmouth, Cornwall, 2011. (Photo by Jan Nowell.)

 

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“Before” (Arthur’s Beach, Falmouth, 2010.)
"After" (Arthur's Beach, Falmouth, 2010.
“After” (Arthur’s Beach, Falmouth, 2010.