A VW California 6.1 Ocean parked on a beach.

California Cleanin'

Many people, when they think of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ iconic camper, think of the great outdoors. The California Range, after all, is built for spontaneous getaways, travel, and leisure. We also know, in order for us to continue to enjoy these adventures in the future, we must look after the nation’s beauty spots.  

That’s why Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles teamed up with The 2 Minute FoundationOpens an external link for a very special summer adventure… 

A woman on the beach doing a beach clean.

As Brits braced themselves for heatwaves in August, the UK’s beaches once again became the destination for families looking to escape the heat. The summer buzz, though, inevitably left an all too familiar scene in its wake: a coast lined with rubbish. But this doesn’t have to be the case... 

The 2 Minute Foundation is a national charity with close to 1,000 beach clean stations dotted across the UK coastline and is on a mission to clean-up the planet two minutes at a time. 

Since the very first #2MinuteBeachClean campaign in 2013, The 2 Minute Foundation estimates that more than 350 metric tonnes of litter have been collected from beaches across the UK – the equivalent of around 114 Californias!

A VW California parked on a beach next to a beach clean sign.

The task was simple: set up a Beach Clean station (made from recycled marine waste), collect as much litter as possible, and transport the rubbish for recycling (where possible). 

Joining us on the day were Norfolk resident Jessica Jane-Applegate MBE, a British Paralympian swimmer and three-time World Champion, who travelled straight from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Also armed with a litter picker were Richard Ingram and family, from Auto Express and Driving Electric, and TV presenter Jonny Smith.  

The team managed to collect almost 900 bits of litter, weighing close to 5kg, a fantastic outcome from just a few hours of beach cleaning.

Bring gloves and a bag or bucket with you whenever you visit a beach, so you can play your part in the #2MinuteBeachClean campaign.  
Check the tideline as this is where you’ll find plastics and litter brought in by the tide
Create a disposal plan, checking out the nearest bins and taking care to recycle as much as possible. 
Do your best to avoid disturbing wildlife. 
Stay safe: be aware of the tide and don’t pick up heavy items, sharps, or unhygienic waste. 
And most importantly, educate yourself and get involved! The more we know about wildlife and the planet, the more we can work to protect it, and with stations across the country, it really couldn’t be easier!  

Having been impressed by the California’s spaciousness during the clean-up, Jessica Jane-Applegate (@jessicajaneapplegate) has been spotted on the road with the California, embracing her spirit of adventure and all that the ‘home from home’ has to offer.

Richard Ingram, too, reflected on the California’s capabilities and “peerless functionality” during the #2MinuteBeachClean, proving its status as a vehicle “ideal for exploring the UK’s coast,” and beyond.

Three VW Californias parked on the beach.

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