A cool misty start to a warm sunny day in Cornwall. The beach looked beautifully clean at first sight. This beach is regularly scoured by walkers and the weather has been good, so I was not surprised.
However in 2 hours I still found and picked up the following:
- 44 tangled lumps of various plastic line
- 10 pieces of green cord
- 1 bungie cord
- 14 pieces of beige cord including knots of fishing net
- 14 pieces of thin colourless plastic compatible with cups or containers
- 7 pieces of thin white plastic as above
- 8 larger pieces of solid plastic
- 1 piece of plastic fork
- 1 piece of clear plastic bag
- 10 cable ties including a very large one
- 1 large broken straw
- 1 piece electric cable
- 2 irregular nodules of blue plastic
- 5 pieces of plastic film
- 6 pieces of black rubberised plastic
- 2 white rubberise strips
- 10 pieces of plasticised cloth
- 1 strap with plastic clip
- Pieces of long broken zip
- Thick woven binding
Plus 45 various pieces of fabric, probably synthetic, including 1 large tapering funnel (green), a pair of large cream pants with something written on them, one child’s sock, a tattered football socks, and some very thick material probably a strip of carpet shedding fibres. All tattered with hundreds of holes.
Total: 185 pieces of plastic and synthetic fabrics, carpet, etc.
I washed and sorted it for use in various art projects. The items of clothing are particularly evocative. Who owned them and what happened for them to be in the sea?