Beach Clean-Ups

Volunteers during a beach clean-up in Northern Spain (Razo, Galicia)

What do we do?

At The Bamboovement, we offer a range of eco-friendly products to inspire people to live more sustainably. However, it doesn’t stop there. Witnessing firsthand the effects of plastic on our environment is what got us started with our movement in the first place. How we can contribute as a collective group to a cleaner future is something we want to share with as many people as we can. Including you.

Beach Clean-Ups

We run multiple activities aimed at promoting a conscious and eco-friendly way of living. One of them being beach clean-ups. In 2020, we joined the beach clean-up network of Good Karma Projects. A Spanish NGO, that has set up multiple projects on education and awareness towards sustainability.

Our colleague, Marco Ghioldi, is organizing beach clean-ups with local volunteers. Marco: “Beach clean-ups are a learning opportunity for everyone. It makes you think about the impact of the non-biodegradable stuff that we are using and how it’s affecting the environment.

The purpose of beach clean-ups

Beaches are bridges between land and marine ecosystems. They are rich in biodiversity and are breeding grounds for different animals. That’s why cleaning our beaches is a small step we can take towards protecting different ecosystems.

Ocean pollution is an emergency, and should be treated as such. As the majority of waste comes from mainland and rivers we have to realize the impact we have on our oceans. By organizing beach clean-ups we intend to educate people on the way our consumption behaviour can have impacts all around the planet.

Classifying waste

The classification of waste is needed to learn more about the state of the coast and the types of trash that pollutes it. By identifying the most common waste items, environmental groups such as Good Karma Projects can build a solid case to tackle the problem by its core.

We intend to save some of the collected waste and collaborate with artists to turn it into art projects. Do you have any ideas? Don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d love to hear from you!

Overview collected items beach clean-ups

  • Packaging - 38%
  • Fishing gear - 15%
  • Plastic bottles - 12%
  • Glass botles - 6%
  • Cigarette buds - 5%
  • Microplastics - 3%
  • Plastic caps - 3%
  • Other - 18%

Recycling Plastic

Precious Plastic’s recycling machine

As plastic is still unavoidable in every aspect of our life, we look at ways how we can give it a new life. Besides, recycling plastic makes up for a great activity during our classes on plastic pollution.

Plastic Precious is a Dutch-based organization that creates various machines that enables anybody to start recycling.

Collaboration

We collaborate with ART Surf Camp and Teiron Surf. Together we joined the Precious Plastic Global Community as a recycling workspace for collecting and shredding plastic.

Our next step is to create another plastic injection moulding machine in order to turn the shredded plastic into new products. With the current shredder we are able to crush plastic types 1, 2 and 5. Are you interested to learn more about our recycling project? Sign up to our newsletter and stay up-to-date!