An all-female team based in South Africa meet with volunteers every new moon to remove plastic pollution from their local surf break – the rocky shore at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg Beach.
Organised by the non-profit organisation, The Beach Co-op, the clean-ups aim to keep South Africa’s beaches clean and healthy, to empower coastal communities as guardians of the oceans, and to address issues around single-use plastic from design to consumption with a focus on building circular economies.
The Beach Co-op hosts as many beach clean-ups as possible, using the “Dirty Dozen” methodology, which is a citizen-based science project that allows volunteers to document the top-12 most common items of litter found on South African beaches, including carrier bags, crisps packets, sweet wrappers, and cotton buds.
The organisation, which was founded by former WWF worker Aaniyah Omardien in 2015, also helps engage with citizens on how they can reduce their impact by reducing and eliminating single-use plastic from their lives. Since The Beach Co-Op was founded more than 100 beach cleanups has been atteneded by over 10,000 volunteers.
Aaniyah Omardien told Beautiful News: “By getting citizens involved, we’re actually trying to change behaviour. Seeing the devastation gives them a deeper understanding. There is still time to make a difference.”
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