First official event!


  • Over 20 sacks collected
  • 65 people involved
  • 1 full garbage truck of plastic kept out of the ocean!
  • Main culprits from my bag – Lolly wrappers.
  • The feeder – A creek at the northern end of the beach was bringing most of the garbage to the beach.

The first official event of Plastic Free Philippines kicked off on Saturday 3rd of September. It was a great turn out in Dumaguete. I was joined by some incredible Silliman University students, as well as high school volunteers, Negros Oriental State University students, and Marine Conservation Philippines volunteers who did a dive clean up. All involved contributed to an epic clean up event, collecting over 20 sacks of rubbish in total and filling a truck. What a great start to this mission!

Beach clean Dumaguete
The awesome beach clean up crew

Following the beach clean up we met back at the university and listened to Annelies Andringa from Marine Conservation share valuable insights into plastic pollution, solutions and their work in Zamboanguita. Thanks so much Annalies! After that I shared a few stories from our sailing experiences which have driven the desire to work on the issue of ocean plastic.

Annalies of MCP talking to students and volunteers
Annalies of MCP talking to students and volunteers

The whole thing wouldn’t have happened without the Straw Wars Philippines campaigners, in particular Nikko Calledo who helped facilitate the event. It’s amazing how things can come together just from a few emails and phone calls. I’m incredibly grateful to kickstart this mission in such a positive way! Now, onwards with the biking!

Myself and Nikko Calledo of Straw Wars Philippines
Myself and Nikko Calledo of Straw Wars Philippines

2 thoughts on “First official event!

    1. Hey guys, thanks also for your talk and contributing so much to the event. You can follow the journey here or on the facebook page. Sorry I didn’t make it into MCP office. I saw the sign but I had just made it up the first hill so didn’t think I should stop! Best wishes and keep in touch.

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