Waiao Beach Clean Up TAO

Plastic Pollution: How to Fight in 2019

Beach Clean Ups in Taiwan

We held our first beach clean up of 2019 over the weekend in Wai’ao, Taiwan. A beautiful black sand beach with a relaxed vibe, Wai’ao is a perfect summer hideout if you want to escape the city madness. Unfortunately, it’s winter, and the beach doesn’t get the proper care it might see during peak season. Last year, through TAO events, we cleaned up over 7 tons of trash. This year we are hoping to break that record. Plastic pollution isn’t slowing down, so neither are we.

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photo by 李彥彰
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Upon arrival, Rising Sun Surf Inn was there to help, along with a host of volunteers from all over Taiwan. In 3 hours we cleaned up over 400kg worth of trash. We can not thank our volunteers enough for putting aside their time to clean the beach. Our ocean is in a dire situation, and it will take a mass shift in mindset to have a fighting chance. Our volunteers continue to inspire us, they never hesitate to get dirty and do what they can, all with a massive smile on their faces!

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photo by 李彥彰
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photo by 李彥彰
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photo by 李彥彰

The usual suspects were there; plastic utensils, bottles, straws, fishing equipment and polystyrene. It is such a shame to see the overuse of these products in Taiwan, and the surrounding Asian countries that wash up on our shores. Plastic pollution is a rampant problem in our world, and we can all make changes to our daily routine. Read below for tips on how to change.

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photo by 李彥彰

How to Fight Plastic Pollution

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is cliche, and still has some merit, however we recommend something else. How about… REDUCE REDUCE and REDUCE. Reduce your plastic consumption by using your own thermos for water and coffee. Stop your use of single use utensils like soup spoons and chopsticks by bringing your own. Taiwan, and greater Asia as a whole, have a huge problem with single use plastics at restaurants. You can greatly reduce your impact by bringing the above items with you.

Really think, do you need to use a straw? No, you don’t. Ever. Can you use a thermos for water and coffee? Yes, you can. Always. Can you bring reusable eating utensils with you? Absolutely. Why keep using single use plastics and polluting your Earth. We can all be better.

Say no to plastic bags. Taiwan has pledged to go plastic free by 2030, and already the Environmental Protection Agency has banned single-use bags in seven industries this year.

Say NO to lighting Sky Lanterns on your holiday to Taiwan. The tourist activity of lighting and flying sky lanterns might look cool for Instagram, but it is an environmental disaster. Your wishes and dreams do not fly off to become true because they crash down to the rivers and forests around the mountains. We are only able to access a minimal amount relative to the hundreds of thousands left to trash the environment around us. Please consider this before taking part in this activity.

Join beach and forest clean ups! These events bring communities together for a cause. They help raise awareness of our plastic consumption, educate on proper disposal methods, and put a massive smile on everyone’s face! If you would like to fight plastic pollution, please join contact us!

 

 

 

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