We’re tired of seeing beaches covered in plastic. We’re sick of facing another video of a turtle or dolphin choking in plastic. Our story is a result of confrontations like these. They motivate us to chase after our mission – to that prevent there’ll be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050.
The Bamboovement is here to tackle plastic pollution and make our planet a cleaner place once again. How? By replacing disposable, daily-used plastic products with sustainable alternatives. Together with a group of like-minded people, we work on innovative ideas to rid our world of plastic waste every day.
While you’re reading this, 5.25 trillion pieces of macro- and microplastics are currently littering our oceans, making up for 60 – 90% of all marine debris. Eight million articles are being added, daily. To help you understand, this is as much as emptying one full garbage truck in the oceans, every minute. So, unsurprisingly, animals are suffering. As a direct result of ocean plastic, more than one million seabirds and 100.000 other sea animals die every year.
Is plastic recycled?
Just 9% of all plastic is recycled worldwide. Why so little? A lot of plastic products are not made to be reprocessed, like coffee cups, straws, bags and cutlery. Most of the time your toothbrush or coffee cup will end in a landfill, from here it’s a short way to our waterways and eventually to our oceans. Every product of The Bamboovement contributes to making our world a little more clean and beautiful once again.
How it all started
Like many of my generation, I felt like a global citizen from an early age, which led me to take a year off to travel around the world.
I have always been my best self when I am right next to the ocean. Preferably with a surfboard under my feet or a dive tank on my back. On a trip to Indonesia, I met Simon. An Indonesian man that had built his restaurant out of bamboo discovering how versatile, strong and eco-friendly it is.
Years later, Simon and I ended up working together. In his workshop in Bali, he was producing bamboo straws. After setting up a plan to replace plastic straws – The Bamboovement was born.
A Galician seagull
In the summer of 2018, we drove with our van along the coast of Spain and Portugal. We went around Galicia and stopped at a long stretch of sandy coastline. As beautiful as it was, there was plastic all over the place. There was too much for two people to clean up, but we did our daily beach clean-ups.
We cleaned up kilos of plastic: empty bottles, ropes in all kinds of colours, broken toys. One of those days something pretty heartbroken happened: in between all the beached plastic, we found a dying baby seagull.
The helpless bird was gasping for air and was too weak to fly. There was a bit of luck: a plastic crate had just washed up right next to it.
Towards a clean planet
We put the bird in there, and we transported it a few kilometres to the other side of the beach with lifeguards. According to them the baby seagull probably had too much plastic in its stomach and was unable to fly. They took him to the vet, and that’s the last thing we head. We can only hope he’s happily flying across the ocean catching fish along the way.
These are the reasons we do what we do. Because we know there’s much more marine life at stake. The impact of plastic on our environment is immense. And, we humans have the power to make a change. We know our world can easily live without plastic. If you do as well, support us in our mission to clean our planet and remember: every small step counts!
Intrigued by our story and fed up with animal suffering due to plastic? Sounds like you’re ready to make the change. There are many things you could do, and some are more time-intensive than others. Staying updated is something surprisingly simple, and will undoubtedly help you counter the plastic crisis. You’ll be aware of the latest developments and solutions if you’re on top of it.
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