A selection of found brushes – I find these decorative in their own right and love the individual textures and marks.

In 2019 Coca-cola was named for the second year in a row as the most polluting brand in a global audit of plastic waste. Conducted by the Break Free From Plastic global movement, it found that the company was responsible for more plastic litter than the next top three polluters combined.

Obviously, Coca-cola cannot be blamed for the fact that people clearly do not recycle or dispose of their packaging correctly, but they could introduce a deposit return scheme such as we had when I was a child.  I also remember when Tesco gave points for the recycling of bottles and cans at collection points in their stores in 2014.

Otrivin bottles with labels

I collected these Otrivin bottles around Chichester Harbour between February 2019 and February 2020 and am still finding them. Thousands of these white plastic bottles were washed up along the South Hams coast and estuaries in January 2019. Otrivin, a nasal decongestant, is sold by GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.  GSK have no idea how the containers came to be in the sea but among the finds was a large plastic bag containing 495 bottles, washed up at East Portsmouth.  Since then Plymouth University have been recording data sent to them by people finding them around the country, including myself!

Ketchup and sauce box collection_edited-1

What a sauce! I collected these sauce/ketchup containers over a four month period – between January and April 2020. If retailers provided “help yourself” containers at point of sale, there would be no need for them in the first place.

Spot the likeness!

Tin cans are a common find at Selsey beach.  Some are whole, some disintegrated and, quite often, I find just the base or the top.  I was struck by the similarity between the tops and the oyster shells that are commonly seen at Church Norton.