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A clean up in the consumption capital of the Philippines

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.

 

Getting ready!
Getting ready!

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 While it is nice that glass bottles are used this is definitely superseded when a plastic bag is used to store the material.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.

Awesome team
Awesome team

 

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.

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Here are some stats from the clean up…

No of sacks 2 sacks counted of 19 collected Total pieces Interpolated # of pieces Percentage
Cigarette Butts 12 21 33 314 3.78
Food wrappers 108 92 200 1900 22.91
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
Lids Plastic 5 16 21 200 2.41
Straws/Stirrers 9 23 32 304 3.67
Forks Knives Spoons 14 14 133 1.60
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Beverage Bottles (Plastic) 20 20 190 2.29
Beverage Bottles (Glass) 2 9 11 105 1.26
Beverage Cans 3 3 29 0.34
Grocery Bags (Plastic) 30 30 285 3.44
Other Plastic Bags 22 22 44 418 5.04
Paper Bags 1 1 10 0.11
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
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Fishing Buoys 1 1 10 0.11
Fishing Net 10 10 95 1.15
Rope 5 20 25 238 2.86
Fishing line 3 3 6 57 0.69
6 pack holders
Other plastic/foam packaging 1 1 10 0.11
Other plastic bottles (oil, Bleach etc)
Strapping Bands 5 5 48 0.57
Tobacco Packaging/Wrap
Appliances
Balloons
Cigar tips 10 10 95 1.15
Cigarette lighters 4 4 38 0.46
Construction Materials 5 5 48 0.57
Fireworks
Tires 2 2 19 0.23
Kids Toy
Toothbrush
Condoms
Diapers 6 6 57 0.69
Syringes
Tampons/Tampon applicators 2 2 19 0.23
Rubber Materials (shoes slippers)
Foam Pieces 20 20 190 2.29
Glass Pieces 30 30 285 3.44
Plastic Pieces 28 50 78 741 8.93
TOTALS 205 668 873 9189 100.00

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