Our island is beautiful, we know it and we flaunt it all the time. But we encounter an unfortunate problem that occurs the world over. RUBBISH. Waste finds its way into the ocean and then can drift for thousands of miles before coming to settle on our beaches. So we are putting systems in place to help in cleaning up our oceans.
Rubbish is slowly taking over the world. From the remotest islands to the deepest part of the sea. There is seemingly no escape from this issue. Our island is no exception. We have discovered soft-drink bottles from India, cartons from China, plastic from USA and beyond.
Our island has kilometres of shore line and we have limited resources that allow us to continuously clean up and maintain a pristine shoreline. So, we have recruited help. YOU! Along our island, we have created “ECO Stations”.
These are set up so that should you want to contribute to our island clean up, you can! We do an island hike every day and our guides carry a large set of sacks with them in case you want to help. Simply grab a sack, fill it with rubbish as you walk the beach, leave your collected rubbish at each station and we will come along in a boat and collect it all up.
Since implementing this program our beaches have become much cleaner and less polluted and it is all thanks to you.
This problem does not go away, more and more plastics are being consumed everyday and inevitably some of these wind up in our oceans to float along until they land on our little island.
The average person uses about 300 plastic bottles a year, most of these bottles are used once and then thrown away. Think about how you use soda bottles, milk bottles, shampoo, body soaps, moisturisers, detergents, cleaners, hair products etc. That means in ten years you would use more than 3000 bottles! In a family of four that is 12,000 bottles. In a community of 10,000 people that is 30,000,000 bottles. In a city of 1,000,000 that is 3 BILLION bottles. Now multiply that the world over.
Plastic bottles take between 500 to 1000 years to degrade. Already plastic is inescapable, imagine what it is going to look like in 100 years, 200 years.
First of all – Keep it simple, plastic is in nearly every aspect of modern life and it is currently near impossible to go plastic free, however, it is still possible to reduce wastage and consumption.
- Choose to reuse when it comes to shopping bags and bottled water. Cloth bags and metal or glass reusable bottles are available locally at great prices.
- Refuse single-serving packaging, excess packaging, straws and other “disposable” plastics. Carry reusable utensils in your purse, backpack or car to use at bbq’s, potlucks or take-out restaurants.
- Reduce everyday plastics such as sandwich bags and juice cartons by replacing them with a reusable lunch bag/box that includes a thermos.
- Bring your to-go mug with you to the coffee shop, smoothie shop or restaurants that let you use them, which is a great way to reduce lids, plastic cups and/or plastic-lined cups.
Any change you make is a positive step in reducing waste, and one step at a time is key. It is unrealistic to try an eliminate all plastics in one clean swoop so try to integrate small and easy changes into your lifestyle. Once this becomes second nature, perhaps try something else. Any change in plastic consumption habits is a positive one. Keep up the good work and keep our beaches beautiful.