Giant 22m #WaveOfWaste dress unveiled

Giant 22m #WaveOfWaste dress unveiled

Giant 22m #WaveOfWaste dress unveiled

Our BeachCare programme has teamed up with Linda Thomas Eco Design to highlight the problem of the cheap polystyrene bodyboards and the amount of waste they create.

 The stunning #WaveOfWaste dress, complete with its 22-metre (72ft) train, has been created using fabric taken from snapped boards found on Devon and Cornwall’s beaches. The dress took two months to make, using the material from 100 boards.

This summer, from just three beaches, BeachCare collected a shocking 560 of the cheap and poorly constructed bodyboards. The boards were stuffed in bins, dumped in sand dunes or left on the beach.

Designer Dr Linda Thomas said “I was shocked by the image from 2016 showing a huge wall of waste boards and the enormity of this problem. As a family, we love visiting Cornwall and the sea and know how important clean seas are for both wildlife and all the people that enjoy the coast.

“I wanted to create something eye-catching to highlight the problem. 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 #WaveOfWaste dress premiered today at the Watergate Bay Hotel, modelled by former pro surfer and Newquay resident Emma Adams. Emma is the sister of many-time British and European Longboard champion Ben Skinner.

The #WaveOfWaste dress will soon be going on tour around the country to raise awareness of the issue.

Neil Hembrow, BeachCare Officer, said: “We are only touching the surface here. The impact more plastic entering our marine environment is devastating for wildlife and we also estimate that more than 14,000 of these boards are heading to landfill each summer season, costing tax payers money."

Visit the Wave of Waste website to find out more about how you can take action.