Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) started out as a small band of like minded people from a small village in Cornwall. They are committed to the protection of our shores, the oceans, and the wildlife that live there. They campaign fiercely for a cleaner, safety and protected environment that we all can enjoy.
What do they do?
Founded in 1990 when being a surfer meant having to swim in raw sewage, not only being covered in human excrement but also risking serious health issues just to enjoy their hobby.
Consequently they found this totally unacceptable – which is no surprise to anyone – and so they campaigned tirelessly to ensure our beaches were free from this health hazard. But, it was not only the surfers that benefited because having clean beaches meant everyone could enjoy a day at the seaside, thanks to SAS.
What next for SAS?
Having campaigned for cleaner beaches, SAS had a new enemy. Their new slogan became ‘Plastic is the new sewage’.
We are all guilty, manufacturers and consumers alike, of generating and using plastic at an astounding rate. It’s cheap to make and its everywhere! Including in the sea and on the beaches as well as in the food chain. Up to 8 million pieces of plastic make their way into the world’s oceans every single day.
Surfers Against Sewage now help organise beach cleans, they are creating the Plastic Free Community network to eradicate single-use. They run education programme in schools and universities etc. Ensuring that the legislation put in place from their earlier campaigns remains and they have their own Surfers Against Sewage’s Ocean Conservation All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to help drive changes needed.
- There may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Weighing up to 269,000 tonnes.
- Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied.
- Approximately 5,000 items of marine plastic pollution have been found per mile of beach in the UK.
- Over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of UK beaches.
- Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined.
- 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually.
- 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption now contains plastic
Here on the Wirral – we have our lovely Becks Gillmour. The Wirral being a peninsula surrounded by water on all sides is a dream for Becks. Her love of the water started as a young child. Above all, Surfers Against Sewage love for the beaches, waves, oceans and wildlife fits in with exactly with Becks. As a result, this is why she is so passionate about the work that she does in this beautiful part of the United Kingdom.
What it means to Qwerk Emporium
Because having been granted “plastic free approved status” we are even more committed to avoiding single use plastic. We do not have any plastic in our packaging, and any plastic we do receive from other sources is always re-cycled. We work with our suppliers to ensure their packaging is and remains environmentally friendly. Our products are all made from recycled or sustainable materials and are environmentally friendly. We aim to assist SAS in their education of the harmful nature of single use plastic and the way is it irresponsibly disposed of.