SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – An environmental advocacy group is encouraging people to participate in “Plastic Free July” on the Grand Strand.
The Chirping Birds Society has joined the movement helping millions to be part of the solution to plastic pollution.
The small group gathered Saturday at the Walmart neighborhood market across from the Ocean Lakes Family Campground with a small protest to raise awareness about the amount of plastic being used at Surfside Beach.
They encouraged shoppers to reduce the use of single-use plastic.
During the demonstration, the group showed the amount of plastic collected at Surfside Beach.
Liz Bradley, a teacher at St. Michael’s Catholic School, was among the group and said she wanted to let people know that plastic pollution in Surfside Beach is a problem.
“There’s an overabundance of it and there’s so much that we don’t need that we just accept and that’s really where we have to take a stand,” Bradley said.
During the protest, Bradley put up banners explaining how people can replace plastic with other materials that are not harmful to the environment.
She said these small changes can have an impact in the future.
“One of the important things to keep in mind is that there are a few small changes you can make. It has a really big impact, like not getting a plastic bag when you leave the supermarket,” said said Bradley.
While the city of Surfside Beach voted to ban single-use plastic bags in 2018, Bradley said the city isn’t enforcing the ban.
“We can change it. It’s definitely within our grasp and people aren’t stepping in like they should and that’s a sad reality,” she said.
The group plans to meet with other environmental groups on Monday to find other ways to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
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