Here you can get a flavour of some of our new and ongoing projects and activities. Simply click on the button in each section to find out more!
Beach Clean Programme
A core part of our work is beach, countryside and suburban clean-ups! This is right at the root of our charity, it’s where we started and we will always do it. There are many facets to clean-ups – yes, it’s great to remove litter and marine debris from local beaches and shared spaces. But it’s also great for our mental health to get out there in the fresh air, with the added bonus of some exercise thrown in! And additionally, it’s a wonderful way to connect with other local people and to enjoy doing something positive for the local community, which makes us all feel a bit more connected. You can find our upcoming clean-ups and event by clicking here:
The Big Fish Sculptures
Our big fish are increasing in number! Find out more about these fabulous sculptures that we use to raise awareness of the volume of disposable plastic bottles we use and how we would benefit from moving to reusable options.
Find out more about our Drain Art campaign, which we first started working on early in 2020 and which is finally being installed in 2021. The artwork has been designed by local schoolchildren, aiming to raise awareness of how litter can end up in our rivers and seas via roadside drains.
Educational & Community Outreach Programme
We have been running our outreach programme since we started, and it’s a side of our work that we love! We go into schools and community groups to give presentations and run workshops and activities. So many of the students we talk to are really enthusiastic about conserving our precious ecosystems and environment, which is really heartening. You can explore our online materials for schools by clicking on the link here.
New for 2021 are our EcoClubs for primary-aged school children. These clubs have proven to be really popular and have spaces fill up fast. The children learn about lots of different ways we can all help our environment and wildlife, from planting for pollinators to upcycling to composting. You can find out more below!
Composting to reduce waste
We have recently started a pilot composting project, using two large Ridan composters. These have been installed in two locations in our local area, thanks to a grant from 11th Hour Racing. You can read all about this project here:
Accreditation Scheme for Clubs, Centres & Businesses
We have joined forces with The Green Blue to launch a Single-Use Plastic Free Accreditation scheme for inland and marine clubs, training centres and boating businesses. This new standard will highlight the responsible and innovative products and practices by organisations in the recreational boating industry.
Seasonal & Fancy Dress Clothing Swap Events
We have been running seasonal clothing swap events since 2018, which has resulted in many fancy dress costumes and Christmas jumpers being reused and re-homed as well as raising money for PTA’s and other charities!
Clean Harbours Partnership
The Final Straw Foundation is a founding partner of the Clean Harbours Partnership, an organisation that is looking into water quality in Langstone and Chichester Harbours. By using local volunteers as part of the largest citizen science project of its kind in the area, CHP has been testing water quality to highlight the level of biological and chemical pollution in the harbours.
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