#WaveOfWaste bodyboard dress raises awareness of beach waste
The cheap, polystyrene bodyboards are found left on UK beaches or dumped in sand dunes.
Friday 22 September 2017
Volunteers held up the 22-metre (72ft) train for the cameras
By Russell Hope, News Reporter
A dress made of fabric taken from 100 x disposable polystyrene bodyboards found on the beaches of Devon and Cornwall is going on display in Newquay to highlight the amount of waste the cheap boards create.
The stunning dress, named #WaveOfWaste, has a 22-metre (72ft) train and took designer Linda Thomas two months to make.
It will be modelled by former pro surfer Emma Adams, who lives in the town, and then taken round the country to raise awareness of the issue as part of charity Keep Britain Tidy's BeachCare campaign.
Some of the polystyrene bodyboards campaigners collected this summer
Dr Thomas says she was "shocked" into taking action by a picture of a wall of boards - or 'snappers' - she saw in 2016.
"I wanted to create something eye-catching to highlight the problem," she said.
"I understand the issue, as I bought one of these 'snappers' for my son years ago not realising what they are like, it was so rubbish for catching waves and didn't last the season.
The train for the dress is 22 metres (72ft) long
"I want to help other families to be informed so that their child can have a better, safer time in the sea. Even if money is a big issue, these 'snappers' are such poor value that they are letting down both families and the environment."
BeachCare collected 560 x of the cheap and poorly constructed bodyboards this summer from just three beaches.
They were dumped in sand dunes, left on the beach or stuffed in bins.
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