Boracay Beach Clean Up
Length of beach covered ~ 400m
Sacks collected – 19 rice sacks
Volunteers – 40
Pieces picked up – close to 10,000!
Main items collected – Food wrappers
Given the early start, some members of the partying Boracay scene failed to get out of bed for this clean up event. However a solid crew of dragon boaters, a travel company, red cross youth and various individuals came together for the cause. Big thanks to Jeepney Hostel for hosting this event.
We had some interesting conversations on the beach regarding the use of small bags for ice, ice candy and various other products, as well as the act of pouring of a glass bottle into a plastic bag to drink with a straw as takeaway, this is really common in the Philippines. While it is nice that glass bottles are used this is definitely superseded when a plastic bag is used to store the material. We need to start to feel our environment and ourselves more. If we take drinks on the run we are harming both the environment and ourselves.
In the 2015 Ocean Conservancy International Coastal clean up the number one item collected from the Philippines coastlines were food wrappers. In the last quarter of 2016 I organised beach clean ups in 30 different locations around the Philippines. Consistently 20-40% of the material removed from the clean ups was snack food packaging. A medium sized packet of chips (8 pesos or 0.16USD) is cheaper than most pieces of fruit available in the country.
Plastic consumption and the way we eat are so intrinsically intertwined we need to think about both in unison if we are to solve this global problem.
Here are some stats from the clean up…
|No of sacks||2 sacks||counted of||19 collected||Total pieces||Interpolated # of pieces||Percentage|
|Take Out/Away Containers (Plastic)||44||44||418||5.04|
|Take Out/Away Containers (Foam)||31||31||295||3.55|
|Bottle Caps Plastic||50||50||475||5.73|
|Bottle Caps Metal||1||100||101||960||11.57|
|Forks Knives Spoons||14||14||133||1.60|
|Beverage Bottles (Plastic)||20||20||190||2.29|
|Beverage Bottles (Glass)||2||9||11||105||1.26|
|Grocery Bags (Plastic)||30||30||285||3.44|
|Other Plastic Bags||22||22||44||418||5.04|
|Cups & Plates (Paper)||12||12||114||1.37|
|Cups & Plates (Plastic)||4||10||14||133||1.60|
|Cups & Plates (Foam)||7||7||67||0.80|
|6 pack holders|
|Other plastic/foam packaging||1||1||10||0.11|
|Other plastic bottles (oil, Bleach etc)|
|Rubber Materials (shoes slippers)|