Beach artwork unveiled as part of anti-plastic campaign

A WORK OF ART capturing a snapshot of the Welsh coastline has appeared on Penbryn Beach, urging the public to ‘leave no trace’ as they explore the Wales Coast Path.

Created by Welsh artist Rachel Shiamh, the artwork highlights the importance of enjoying Wales in a sustainable way on World Charging Day and beyond – to help sustain the environment, oceans and plastic-free communities for generations to come.

One of those ways to eliminate single-use plastics includes using reusable water bottles – which can be easily refilled at over 600 water filling stations located along the Trail.

The exact locations of refill stations across Wales and the wider UK can be found via the Refill app or website, giving people quick and easy access to free tap water during their travels.

Natalie Fée, CEO and Founder of City to Sea, the environmental non-profit organization behind the World Recharge Day and Refill campaign, said: “This artwork is part of a global campaign to to inspire and empower people to live with less plastic by connecting them to places where they can eat, drink and shop with less waste.

“The charging revolution is taking place in Wales and we are working with local businesses, tourist attractions and community groups to ensure it is accessible to residents and visitors.

“There are few places more beautiful than the Welsh coast and few things more heartbreaking than seeing plastic pollution ruin such a beautiful place. Together we can and will end plastic pollution.

And by partnering with National Trust Cymru, Ceredigion Council and the Wales Coast Path, City to Sea hopes to amplify its call for sustainability in Ceredigion and along the wider Welsh coast.

Rebecca Williams, Deputy Director of National Trust Cymru, said: ‘As guardians of 157 miles of the Welsh coast, we are proud to support City to Sea, Wales Coast Path and Ceredigion Council by encouraging everyone to leave no traces during his visit – especially during the year of the tenth anniversary of the Path.

“To further support World Refill Day, 10 National Trust Cymru cafes have been added to the Refill app.

“And although we’ve been offering free water for a number of years, being listed on the app means visitors will be able to find free water at the click of a button – as well as a 25p drink discount hot when they bring their own reusable mugs.

Cllr Clive Davies, Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economy, added: “Ceredigion County Council is proud of the success of the Wales Coast Path, which has quickly forged a international reputation over the past 10 years.

“It is also great to see companies embracing the potential of the Way and contributing to its sustainable management by supporting voluntary initiatives such as Refill.”

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