An Aberdeen restaurant has set up a free toy borrowing programme in a bid to clear up plastic waste on the beach.
The Highlander Cafe Bus, based on the Beach Esplanade, has launched a project to help provide parents with toys for their children to play with on the sand.
Owner Ramona Obafemi came up with the idea after noticing how much gets left behind on the beach.
The former oil and gas worker, who set up the cafe last year, hopes families will borrow the plastic toys then return them at the end of the day.
Ramona, who sells Romanian, Nigerian and Scottish food, said: “We started trading in October and we noticed lots of things get left behind in the bus – like sunglasses, jackets and toys. We also noticed outside the bus people lose their toys a lot, or balls for the doggies.
“I saw something similar done by a local business so we thought it was a good way to raise awareness of the plastic people leave on the beach.
“We want our beach to be clean and plastic-free and intend to work with the Castlehill and Pittodrie Community Council to see ways we can raise awareness about the dangers of plastic to marine life.
“It’s a small thing we did but we hope it will get people talking more and more on the use of plastic, the importance of not leaving it behind on a day out and also on the impact it has on the marine life, but also on the local communities.”
The move to clean up plastics from beaches across the country has gained popularity following David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II. The BBC documentary series has encouraged groups to mobilise and clean up sections of beaches to stop plastic from getting into the sea and harming marine life.
Ramona added: “It is small things we can do that will make the beach cleaner and our city cleaner.”