Over the past few months, our team in India have been working hard on a number of projects designed to address pollution at its source. Our aim is to reduce eutrophication of waterways and coastal ecosystems, eliminate the burning of waste, and take the pressure off marine ecosystems through the creation of a locally-led decentralised waste management service.
Commencing in March of this year, our Redlands River Warriors team have been kicking goals by removing vast amounts of rubbish from the popular Tingalpa Creek in the Redland City region near Brisbane. Made up of a variety of passionate local volunteers, they’ve battled plagues of mosquitos, fought against strong tidal currents and waded through waste-deep mud to retrieve day-to-day rubbish items that should have simply been disposed of correctly, or better yet, not been purchased in the first place!
7 months, 24 surveys, 19 volunteers, 429 volunteer hours and 40.2km travelled by kayak saw our team collect 22,925 items from the Tallebudgera Creek on the Gold Coast, weighing in at 1,539kg! Our report and findings were released at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre in February and we are excited to be launching Phase II to address marine debris in Tallebudgera Creek at it’s source, whilst working with a variety of stakeholders towards long-term behavioural change.
Our team in India has been researching, developing and introducing sustainable single-use products and packaging to replace the proliferation of single-use plastics at local vendors and restaurants across Kovalam and Vizhinjam. Coupled with education and outreach programs, we believe that together we can turn the tide on marine plastic pollution in the region!
The team in India have been working on an exciting new project for the last few months. Collaborating with our local partner SISP’s social enterprises workshop (employing women and youth from below the poverty line), we have been creating alternatives to plastic products for our new major partner Happy Travels! Join us in celebrating the first-step in our new sustainable products journey through our biggest corporate partnership yet - the Happy Planet initiative!