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Optical Express staff to perform beach cleans throughout 2020

The multiple has partnered with the Marine Conservation Society to help remove plastic from beaches and protect the oceans

Optical Express team
Optical Express has partnered with the Marine Conservation Society in a bid to help protect the oceans from plastic pollution by carrying out beach cleans across the UK.

The Marine Conservation Society has been running its beach cleaning programme, Beachwatch, since 1994. To date, they have resulted in the removal of more than 11 million pieces of litter from beaches.

Employees at Optical Express joined their first beach clean in partnership with the charity in Bristol earlier this week. The team was led by corporate social responsibility manager at the multiple, Heather Suttie at Clevedon Pier.

The multiple hopes that staff across the company will support the initiative by taking part in and organising a series of beach cleans throughout the UK in 2020.

According to data from the volunteers, there were, on average, 558 items of litter on every 100 metres of beach that were cleaned and surveyed in the UK, with plastic and polystyrene pieces the most common litter items found.

Speaking about the initiative, Ms Suttie said: “I was shocked by the items we found on a recent beach clean near Bristol. As an organisation we are committed to taking part in more beach cleans across the UK and Ireland as it's something many of us here at Optical Express want to support.”

Chief executive at Optical Express, David Moulsdale, added: “The Marine Conservation Society does incredible work protecting our precious oceans and beaches, so it’s a privilege to team up and support its efforts. Whilst cleaning up plastic pollution is a vital part of this work, our real aim should be to cut down on the amount of plastic products we use in the first place. I’d encourage everyone to look carefully at the single-use plastic products they use and consider replacing them with more sustainable, ocean-friendly alternatives.”