• ​Use less plastic – stop using single use plastic such as drinking straws and bags. Bring your own bags to the shops
  • Stop buying bottled water – carry a reusable bottle
  • Say no to balloon releases – pick something else that is fun to do instead like blowing bubbles or flying kites
  • Recycle your rubbish at home
  • Go plastic free for your school lunch box
  • Pick up on rubbish on beach if safe to do so
  • Report injured wildlife to local charity or vets
  • Tell your family and friends about the problem with plastics in the oceans and help spread the word by making posters and writing letters to save marine wildlife like Duffy, Marli and Nelson


One way you can help to protect our marine wildlife is to pick up litter when you see it. This can be as simple as collecting litter you see on the beach or in the park or you can ask your local school or club to organise a clean up event. Millions of children around the world are taking part in this fun and free activity and you never know what treasures you might find!

There are some things you need to do before you pick up rubbish to keep yourself safe.

  1. Always go with an adult
  2. Never pick up anything that looks nasty or is dangerous
  3. Wear protective gloves, ideally use a litter picker and bring a bag to put rubbish in
  4. Watch out for and don’t touch sharp items like glass, needles or metal – ask a grown up to collect these for you
  5. BE SAFE NEAR WATER. Always follow local safety signs. Look out for big waves, tides coming in or quick sand/mudflats. Be careful on the beach and near rivers, lakes and canals
  6. Keep an eye on the weather and wear appropriate clothing and sun protection
  7. Take a picture of your collection and upload it to social media using the hashtags #wildtribeheroes, #2minutebeachclean and #minibeachclean
  8. Put the rubbish in a bin or take it home to recycle/upcycle. If larger items such as fishing gear or nets please report to your local council or the Global Ghost Gear Initiative who will recycle nets into items such as clothing, carpets or kayaks.

Wild Tribe Heroes accepts no responsibility for your safety whilst following these guidelines. All beach cleans and litter picks are carried out at your own risk. These guidelines are recommendations only. To find out more you can get involved in a local organised clean up event. Look at Keep Britain Tidy, Surfers Against Sewage or Marine Conservation Group Society UK for more information.

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