What’s it about?
A Drop in the Ocean is a project about plastic on Brighton’s beaches. Our beaches.
a beach-cleaning project,
a data-collecting project,
a conversation-starting project,
a conservation project,
a design and making project, and
we hope, with your help
a power-of-people project.
Every plastic bottle top found on our beaches and intercepted in cafes along the Brighton seafront from March to October 2018 is going to be used to create a public infographic. It will show how even small bits of plastic add up. And how seemingly small changes could add up too.
Why bottle Tops?
Because many bottle tops float and take a long time to degrade. They are also small enough to be swallowed whole by birds and animals. Every bottle top collected is a bottle top that won’t be eaten by a turtle, swallowed by a seabird, or settle as microplastic particles inside a mussel.
Because bottle tops are among the top 5 items found on beaches. Over the last 30 years, more than 20 million bottle tops, caps and lids have been counted on beaches around the world. And those are just the ones that have been recorded.*
Because bottle tops aren’t currently widely recycled and we have big plans to support bottle top reincarnation projects.
Because bottle tops are easy to collect, count and store. They’re also a bit like pixels, which make them perfect for designing infographics.
A Drop in the Ocean is for
Brighton toe-dippers and sunset strollers,
Hove full-moon swimmers and first-light fishermen,
Portslade SUPpers and Rottingdean rockpoolers.
It’s for everyone who appreciates time spent on our pebbly beaches, our promenade, and in or on our chilly English Channel waters.
The Big Plastic Problem
Is made out of pieces
Of all different types, shapes and shades.
Together they add up
To make swirly gyres
Harming sea life in all kinds of ways.
Imagine, just quickly,
A beach free of litter,
A sea, clean and sparkly alive.
Let’s make it happen
Yes, we can do it
We must if we’re going to survive.
Small actions have power
When added together
Like ocean waves made out of drops.
We’ve got to start somewhere
To solve plastic problems
We’re starting with used bottle tops.