Guernsey beach clean-up with The Clean Earth Trust

Eric Sturdza Investments is a responsible investor – we carefully consider environmental, social and governance factors when making investments globally. Additionally, we recognise our wider role in society, which is why we participate in a number of CSR initiatives, both locally in Guernsey and further afield.

Monthly Fund Commentary
28 Jul 2021

Eric Sturdza Investments is a responsible investor – we carefully consider environmental, social and governance factors when making investments globally. Additionally, we recognise our wider role in society, which is why we participate in a number of CSR initiatives, both locally in Guernsey and further afield.

Recently, the Guernsey based team joined forces with The Clean Earth Trust to help clean a popular beach on Guernsey’s west coast.

15.44 kgs of waste were found, sorted, and removed from the coastline of Guernsey.

Over the course of the morning, the team picked up 15.44kg of waste that was found on the coastline. The ‘haul’ was then sorted and categorised as follows:

  • 911 cigarette butts
  • 367 pieces of food wrapping
  • 82 scraps of paper
  • 65 pieces of broken glass
  • 57 fishing net pieces
  • 51 broken plastic bottle pieces
  • 45 pieces of hard plastic
  • 15 whole bottles
  • 15 pieces of clothing
  • 10 toys, including a plastic walrus (the weirdest find)
  • In addition, we found the door of a boat and blades from a saw

Laine Cornelius, our Office Manager noted, “One of the most shocking finds for the team was the number of cigarette ends, which was over 900, collected in the morning!”

Helen Quin, Head of Community Engagement for The Clean Earth Trust helped to coordinate the event and commented about the clean-up:

“What was found is expected for our west coast beaches at this time of year. Aside from the fishing gear and some of the weathered plastic pieces, the rest of the waste is coming directly from our community.

 The broken glass is disappointing to see, especially bottles which have been purposefully buried, which is worrying – these beaches are popular with families, and we see a lot of seabirds enjoying the sandy bays too. 

It’s important to emphasise that this waste all came from cleaning just one beach for a couple of hours, and of course the waste will continue to come.

 We’d like to see smoke free beaches and coastal zones, and the data on the number of cigarette butts found will help us build our case. Thanks to all for taking part and donating towards our continued operations.”

Andrew Fish, Managing Director at Eric Sturdza Investments commented:

An excellent morning’s work by the team as evidenced by the 15.44kg of waste removed from the coastline; we were happy to link up with the Clean Earth Trust and are very supportive of their objectives”.

About the Clean Earth Trust

An award-winning charity, The Clean Earth Trust was registered in Guernsey in 2018 and exists to limit human impact on the environment. It has established a large number of initiatives that aim to tackle environmental issues ranging from tackling cigarette and other litter to encouraging a culture of repair and re-use. The Clean Earth Trust engages with different sectors of the community and attracts both corporate and public support as our values mirror growing environmental concerns amongst human consciousness. Their aim is to inspire behavioural change amongst consumers (whether the individual or the corporate group) through a number of different initiatives, all of which sit under the umbrella of The Clean Earth Trust. These initiatives include ‘Pick It Up Guernsey’, ‘Contagion’, ‘The 4.5 Trillion Project’ and ‘The Repair Café and Toy Hospital’. Charity Number: CH592.

The team review and combine their haul at Cobo beach.

Richard Taylor, Adam Turberville and Marco Ferreira sort through and count the number of cigarette butts found.

Counting… A total of 911 cigarette butts were found and removed from the beach.

57 fishing net pieces were found.

Plastic bags of waste were taken away.

The team organise their findings into different categories.

About Eric Sturdza Investments

Eric Sturdza Investments is a boutique fund management business offering best-in-class managers with long-term award-winning strategies. Our purpose is to establish and manage a range of specialist investment funds and portfolios each designed to exceed investors’ expectations regarding investments in a particular market, asset class or investment type.

We believe that ‘responsible investment’ is best embodied by the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). To confirm our approach to responsible investing, we are a signatory to the PRI, and are committed to its guiding principles. In addition our funds have been classified as Article 8 in accordance with SFDR (the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation). Visit Our ESG Approach for further information or view our Responsible Investment Policy.