#KohSamui (as any other beach on this planet nowadays):
At first your eye sees the untouched beauty of a remote tropical beach. Now, when we look closer at the high tide mark, we see it's full of #plastic.
This is what washes up to shore these days. This is what our #oceans are full of. Marine life is facing "irreparable damage" from the millions of tonnes of plastic #waste which ends up in the oceans each year.
We did our first “official” beach clean-up in Koh Samui this April. Before this we were classified as casual “trash-combers”, picking up plastic bottles and odd straws we saw on our beach walks. However, after a few days, we dedicated our vacation time to picking up any trash we came across on our daily walks.
On our daily beach walks we picked up each day 3-4 full bags of plastic and other litter: cans; straws; plastic cups; foam cups; tons of cigarettes butts. The list goes on... #Redbull bottles; sandals; snorkeling gear; a old music tape! ; drug blister packs etc.
Beach cleanups are very personal. There is satisfaction to say, we removed 3 -4 bags of trash from the beach each day. Even if it’s only 3 or 4 bags a day, that’s 3-4 bag that isn’t going to go into the open ocean. It cleanups make more mindful of how they dispose of their own disposables.
"However, personal beach cleanups do not address the #root causes of this #pollution. Cleaning a beach is not turning the tide, because the tide will just come in again, depositing more plastic cups, bottles, straws, bags and discarded fishing equipment."
DEDICATE AN HOUR (or more) EACH DAY TO DO THE CLEAN-UP
Schedule the clean-up into your holiday so it becomes part of the experience. A sunny or cloudy day is obviously preferable for picking up trash, but with that said, we did ours during our daily beach walk and it became a routine and fun.
WEAR SUNSCREEN & DRINK WATER
Don’t forget to lather on some sunscreen and drink plenty water.
LOOK OUT FOR “MICRO PLASTICS” & TINY TRASH
Be on the lookout for smaller plastics & cigarette butts and take the time to grab them: they are more easily ingested by small animals (like birds, crabs, turtles) than a full plastic coca cola bottle.
PROPERLY DISPOSE OF WASTE
Place all waste in properly managed trash bins. Our hotel was very accommodating and let us put the trash into their bins.
It can actually be a fun and rewarding way to spend a few hours on your vacation!
BONUS STEP: SPREAD THE WORD
Invite or encourage friends you’ve met at your hotel or random strangers on the beach to join in!
Take a before and after photo and share on social media to encourage others to do one as well!
"We all need to take up our responsibilities - keep this beautiful planet spinning!"
Have you done a beach or trail clean-up before on your vacation? Do you have any additional trash clean-up tips? Let us know in the comments below.