Brighton Beach Clean 29th April

ZST architects work with the support of Brighton and Hove City Council Cityclean, in running an annual marine litter survey and a clean-up between Black Rock train station and the Palace Pier as part of The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch.

The Findings from the MCS beach watch surveys will be added to the data of hundreds of other beach-cleans across our coastline. This information is used by MCS to tackle the rising problem of marine litter. Some of our best loved marine life is under threat from the waste and litter in our sea and on our beaches. We have to all play a part in turning the tide on litter and keep our beaches and waters clean.

This year the Clean-up is being supported by many local businesses and some from further afield. From London, Riz Boardshorts will be attending to collect plastic for their Bottles To Boardshorts campaign. They are working to collect 50,000 bottles in 9 months in order to develop their new 100% recycled Board Shorts.

Volunteers from the University of Brighton C-Change will also be joining the beach clean as part of their award-winning internal sustainability engagement campaign, ‘c-change’. The c-change campaign aims to raise awareness of sustainability issues within the university community, and enable staff and students to live and work as sustainably as possible. The campaign runs a variety of initiatives around waste and recycling, carbon reduction, sustainable transport and biodiversity, to minimise the environmental impact of the University’s campuses wherever possible.

This year we saw 200 volunteers starting at the Palace Pier & Black Rock on Friday 29th April 2016. The clean up lasted for 3 hours and during this time we cleared 340 kilos of litter!

The Beach Clean is a great event and it is such a worthwhile cause making our beach more habitable for us and the wildlife. We all get rather competitive with the most litter collected and hunting for the most unusual piece of litter found. We at ZST architects are passionate about our city and are fortunate to be in a position to support and organise these clean ups with the help of local communities.
— Richard Zinzan - ZSTa Partner
Our everyday use of plastic has become too convenient, too easy and seemingly without regard to the longer term consequences of our actions. With the Bottles To Boardshorts project we hope to open people’s eyes to what can be done to prevent the situation from getting any worse and, ultimately, help change behaviour for a better future. Cleaning up the beaches is a great way to start.
— Ali Murrell - Co-Founder at Riz Boardshorts
We’re very happy to be supporting this fantastic initiative, and will be encouraging our staff and students to come out and join the beach clean in full force. As a university, we’re strongly committed to ensuring sustainability is embedded into everything we do, and participating in this beach clean is a great addition to the work we’re already doing to cut our carbon and reduce our environmental impact on campus
— Becca Melhuish – co-ordinator of the University of Brighton c-change campaign