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!
Over the past year, Zoe White, our Byron Bay Co-ordinator, has worked with Kate Akkerman from Byron Shire Council and NSW EPA to conduct a range of trials and strategies in attempt to reduce cigarette butt litter across the Byron Shire. The result = a reduction in cigarette butt litter, a smoking ban on the Shire’s beaches and education programs that are driving long-term change!