A SUCCESSFUL beach clean held by a local non-profitable foundation cleared away 18 bags (50 litres each) of rubbish from Sandbanks beach.

The Coacoara Foundation team and over 40 volunteers took to Sandbanks beach, gloves and litter pickers in tow, on June 14 to clean the beach and make a positive change to the environment.

The Coacoara Foundation aims to remove single-use plastic from the average household and show the importance of removing plastic from our lives.

Cleaning a local beach was a successful start and something that the Foundation plans to continue.

Coacoara Foundation founder, Liam Ulla said: "We're aiming to clean beaches along the Poole and Bournemouth coast. We can be really effective if we meet up every two weeks. If we keep our beaches clean that might set an example to other places.

"We would like to thank all the lovely volunteers who showed up to our latest clean. It takes lovely people to do something like that."

However, beach cleans aren't the only things on the agenda for the Coacoara team.

By selling eco-friendly, recycled products on their website such as flip flops made from plastic waste, the Foundation can continue to fund events like the beach cleans and fund the council.

Liam explained: "All profits go towards our projects. One thing we want to do is make the first compostable site in Dorset, which we're working on with the council. We also provide funding to the council so they can add more signs and bins at beaches to make it easier for people to dispose rubbish."

If you would like to get involved with the Coacoara Foundation and find out more about their mission, visit: https://www.coacoara.co.uk/