Reduce plastic pollution and increase environmental awareness
With almost 8 million tonnes of plastic ending up in our oceans every year, recycling and waste management is something we are committed to. We’re also increasingly conscious of the effect that plastic, specifically single-use, has on our planet. This is why a large part of our Conservation Projects include regular community clean-ups, awareness talks, and recycling initiatives.
In 2018 alone, our volunteers worked together and picked up 15 tonnes of litter abroad! To reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our oceans, our volunteers:
- Picked up 48,188 cigarette butts in Thailand.
- Put up signs to discourage littering on beaches and in wildlife reserves.
- Repurposed 350 glass bottles into drinking glasses, pencil holders, candle holders, and wind chimes in Belize.
- Made 132 eco-bricks in Thailand.
- Set up 30 bins on beaches or in towns in Ecuador, Fiji, Madagascar, and Thailand.
Although small, every one of these efforts contributes to a larger goal. For example, after the bin installation in Thailand, volunteers saw an impressive 60% decrease in the amount of litter found on the beaches of Krabi.
Although cleaning up has an effect, education and environmental awareness play a big role in the prevention of pollution. The work our volunteers do to educate communities, encourages local people to uphold a certain level of eco-friendly living. Together, they:
- Ran waste management and recycling workshops for over 3,500 school students.
- Convinced 9 restaurants in Belize to stop supplying single-use plastic straws to their customers.
- Co-hosted a 5-day event on waste management in the Philippines.