Collecting small pieces of micro-plastics and trash on the beach on my birthday! ☀️🏝
For my 25th I decided that I’d do a fundraiser for @5gyres
(I’ve nearly reached my goal! Help me by donating via the link in my bio). Why, you ask? It would be a way for friends and family to still give me a present while contributing to a non-profit that aligns with my values and not sending anything to the landfill. I thought I would take it to the next level after being inspired by @yourecofriend @stevieyaaaay
by collecting 2 pieces of trash for every $100HKD ($12 USD) raised.
The many beautiful beaches of Melbourne are cleaned by a combination of mechanical beach cleaners and manual litter pickers. But unfortunately, they can only do so much and a lot of the time small and micro pieces of plastic are left out in the wild. This means that they can easily enter the ocean, get eaten by animals and dangerous chemicals can leach into the environment. I found cigarette butts, bottle caps, soft and broken down pieces of plastic bags, parts of a net, a broken off handle of a plastic toy shovel, among many others, all on a small stretch of the Sandringham beach. It’s given me even more motivation to continue towards my plastic-free journey and truly appreciate what 5gyres does in researching the harms of plastics, advocating for policy changes and educating others. Because unfortunately, every single plastic we have ever made still exists.
I truly thank all my generous and loving friends who have contributed so far. You motivate me to do what I do and I will be collecting trash in your honour in the next week or so. As I enter into my 25th year on this planet, I am inspired once again to continue to become a #stewardoftheearth
. Who will join me?