For Plastic Free July I have interviewed local campaigners, business owners and community heroes from Devon and Cornwall, who have put living plastic free at the heart of the way they work.
Meet Hannah Beaumont, a volunteer beach cleaning campaigner from Devon
Tell me a little about yourself and the work that you do.
Hi there! I’m Hannah, I’m in my early twenties and live in South Devon, though originally from Yorkshire! I work full time as a support worker for a local charity but in my spare time I beach clean and litter pick, and raise awareness of the rubbish and plastic issue in artwork too.
What first got you started on plastic free campaigning?
My grandparents would walk up their country lane every day picking litter, and even though we lost my Grandma two years ago, my Grandad still goes up each day to keep the place clean and tidy.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I’ve got two things. One was getting a headline news story on the local BBC and newspapers, including a section on the television for when a friend and I collected 101 dog poo bags whilst on a walk.The second thing is getting a lovely reply back from David Attenborough!
What would be your advice for people trying to live a life with less plastic?
Really think about what you use in your every day life and what little changes can be made to slowly eliminate the amount of plastic used.
What do you love most about Devon?
The ability to walk for less than ten minutes and be on a beach, or even in the sea! Also, how laid back everyone is, time really is precious and people seem to respect that more, no one rushes around.
How can people get involved with your beach cleaning mission?
I do regular beach cleans or litter picks, so if anyone wanted to join in just send me a message on Facebook or Instagram and keep an eye out for when I have artwork for sale, or where I may have a stall next!
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to hold more beach cleans and teach about microplastics and the harm they can do. I would also love to either adapt my SUP board or buy a kayak to reach areas accessible only by boat.