Three local groups teamed up to create a unique eco-art trail around a little beach town in North Yorkshire in the United Kingdom.

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To start the month, Saltburn-by-the-Sea wanted to encourage people to see different types of artwork that highlighted their love of the sea and showcased how we can turn trash into art, according to the community’s Facebook page.

“There has never been a better time to be thinking about how we protect our ocean. At least 8 million tonnes of discarded plastic enters our oceans each year. So before it gets there, why don’t we take it back and create something magical with it – for all the community to enjoy!” wrote the community’s Facebook page.

All of the artwork was made from trash found on the local beach and was spread across the streets of the town as a part of the Community Carnival. Those who participated received a map and walked to the different art installations around the town. They had to note the letters by the artwork on their map to spell out an eco-friendly phrase. Then, they would be able to collect a prize from ‘The Cut Back’ a local zero-waste shop and eco hub.

Saltburn by the sea eco art trail map
Source: Saltburn Community Response/Facebook

“On the trail check out the amazing panels at Emmanuel church which have been created as part of the ‘wrap it community challenge’ by Saltburn Charity Crafters and bag yourself a recycled craft bargain at the Community Hall,” said the community page.

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Locals were also encouraged to take pictures of their favorite pieces to enter a contest to win a Cut Back voucher. The installations will be available to view until June 5.

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ITV reported Cat O’Neil, Director of Saltburn Community Response, said, “Organisations in Saltburn have come together to celebrate and raise awareness of an important issue for our town; our beloved sea.

“We wanted everyone to get involved, so the crafters and The Cut Back have been busy making through the last few months to create pieces of recycled art, bringing people together after spending so long apart.”

The Cut Back, MOOGA, and Saltburn Community Response have led weekly community workshops to create the pieces for the eco-art trail from waste materials. We can learn a lot from this community. It takes whole communities to make a difference, it’s time we started working together!

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