"As an MP for a coastal constituency I see for myself on a daily basis the devastating impact of plastics in our oceans and on our beaches" Caroline Dinenage MP
Caroline Dinenage met with the Marine Conservation Society this week to find out more about action to cut plastic waste and clean up our marine environment.
The Marine Conservation Society was established in 1978 to protect marine habitats and is currently engaging with manufacturers to reduce hidden plastic in everyday products.
Caroline, who is attempting to give up single use plastics for Lent, learnt how everyday actions, like flushing wet wipes and cotton buds can have a disproportionately harmful impact, clogging up our beaches and ruining marine habitats.
The Society also runs the Great British Beach Clean every September and Caroline is looking to host a beach clean locally.
Commenting Caroline said: "Unless we take urgent action, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish by 2050. We live in a fantastic coastal location and have a responsibility to take better care of it.
We can all help combat the growth of plastic pollution whether it is giving up straws and plastic bottles or making sure we don't flush wet wipes and cotton buds down the loo."
Caroline's challenge to #GiveUpPlasticsForLent has a dedicated Facebook group, where she is keen to swap tips and ideas.