Not just surfers… not just sewage!


Surfers Against Sewage is a community that are dedicated to protecting our oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife. They spend everyday fighting to protect what they love most… our incredible coastlines…and they won’t stop until they are completely clean, safe and protected!

The charity was started in 1990 as a response to the horrific state that the beaches were in… those dedicated surfers back then who were desperate to get in the waves often found they were surfing amongst raw sewage. These surfers weren’t ready to accept these conditions, they were ready to fight for better ones!


Image courtesy of Surfers Against Sewage

This campaign grew and grew… and thanks to the incredible team at Surfers Against Sewage the UK now enjoys some of the cleanest beaches in Europe. Although sadly, the battle doesn’t stop there… plastic really is the new sewage, today it poses the biggest threat to our seas, beaches and precious marine life. All you need to do is walk along your favourite beach or take a dip in the sea to see that plastic really is everywhere on our coastlines.

The stats themselves are shocking… if we don’t make changes soon then by 2050 the plastic in the ocean will outweigh that of all the fish. The current state of plastic pollution is shocking, there are approximately 51 million microscopic pieces of plastic in the ocean which equals the same as 1345 blue whales… which would you prefer to see in the ocean? (We aren’t sure many people plan day trips around spotting plastic…)


Surfers Against Sewage are now working towards plastic free coastlines, by not only tackling the problem at the source but also clearing up our beaches through organised beach cleans. Last year alone they organised 1,393 beach cleans, and already in 2018, they have had 2,136 people in the South West volunteer across 81 beach cleans!

The work Surfers Against Sewage and their volunteers are doing is incredible! So incredible that in December 2017 Penzance became the FIRST plastic free community in the UK, recently followed by Falmouth, Perranporth, Padstow and Marazion, along with others across the country. There are now over 165 communities working towards gaining the plastic-free status, and you could be a part of that change… click here to find out how you can help your community on it’s way to being plastic free.


While the work SAS have been doing is amazing, sadly there is still a long way to go. The plastic in our oceans is staggering and without volunteers making changes and helping to protect the thing they love it’s only going to get worse.

There are so many ways that you can make a difference… you can cut out single-use plastics, think about whether you really need a straw in your drink or if you really need to take a plastic bag from the supermarket? You can join in with local beach cleans, this weekend from 7th-15th April SAS have their Big Spring Beach Clean happening… it’s the largest and most effective beach cleaning project in the UK. Find out how to get involved here!

* Did you know… Surfers Against Sewage has been selected as one of the seven charities to benefit from the donations marking the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. A massive victory for plastic free communities all over the UK!

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We already support the Cornwall Air Ambulance, Children’s Hospice South West, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cornwall Hospice Care… AND this year we are incredibly proud to support Surfers Against Sewage! The work they do to keep our oceans protected and clean is an issue that is very close to our heart. We feel extremely honoured to be able to support Surfers Against Sewage who not only share our same passion for the ocean but also have a vision and drive to keep our seas surfable, beautiful and most importantly clean!


Here at Ann’s Cottage, we are trying to make a difference with the amount of plastic we use. We are making changes to our carrier bags which may still be plastic but are now bio-degradable. We also charge 5p for these bags and donate this to charity.

Some of our brands are also starting to look at the impact of the amount of plastic they use and are trying to cut it out where they can. One brand that really stands out is Passenger, who have partnered with the Plastic Project to help reduce the amount of plastic waste found in our oceans. Through their ‘Waves & Trees’ range, they will be sending products out in zero plastic recycled mail bags, which is an incredible step in the right direction.


We are dedicated to making changes where we can to protect the place we love most, our beautiful coastline. Our dream is to see our beaches and our seas plastic free! We urge you to help in whichever way you can, no matter how big or small…

Head over to the Surfers Against Sewage website NOW to find out how you can make a difference!

Local Beach Cleans:
(Or click here to find one in your area)

Constantine Beach Clean, April 11, 2018

Tolcarne Beach Clean, April 12, 2018

Booby’s Bay Beach Clean, April 12, 2018

Porthtowan Beach Clean, April 12, 2018

Tolcarne Beach Clean, April 12, 2018

Mawgan Porth Beach Clean, April 13, 2018

Mevagissey Harbour Clean, April 13, 2018

Harlyn Beach Clean, April 13, 2018

Greenbank, Falmouth Beach Clean, April 13, 2018

Fistral Beach Clean, April 14, 2018

Praa Sands Beach Clean, April 14, 2018

Porth Beach Clean, April 14, 2018

Trevone Beach Clean, April 14, 2018

Polzeath Beach Clean, April 14, 2018

St Ives Beach Clean, April 14, 2018

Porthleven Harbour Clean, April 15, 2018

Pentewan Beach Clean, April 15, 2018

Watergate Beach Clean, April 15, 2018

Padstow Beach Clean, April 15, 2018

Gwithian Beach Clean, April 15, 2018

Polkerris Beach Clean, April 15, 2018

Towan Beach Clean, April 15, 2018

Perranporth Beach Clean, April 15, 2018

Crantock Beach Clean, April 15, 2018