With the help of GRAB, Colonsay Community Council has funded a small leaflet designed by Colonsay beach-litter artist Jane Rose http://www.janerose.co.uk/ The leaflet is to discourage the use of bottled water, which is both expensive and environmentally damaging. Plastic bottles are the scourge of the seas – their harmful chemicals leach into the water and their tiny micro-particles have contaminated the seabed, quite literally worldwide. Other particles, which can contain PCBs, enter the food chain. As if all this was not enough, it takes approximately 3.5 litres of water to produce one litre in a bottle.
Incidentally, Colonsay and Oronsay remain unchallenged as being the only known Scottish islands to be virtually litter-free. Throughout the winter roadsides and paths have continued to be scoured and individual efforts have cleared beaches at Uragaig, Kiloran, Machrins, Garvard, Scalasaig, Glebe and Kilchattan. This work is also supported by Colonsay Community Council and the co-ordinated sweep along the entire 50 miles of coastline will recommence in March – notices will be posted and volunteers are vital.