FANplastic time at beach clean-up

2020-02-25 06:02
Captain FANplastic in full storytelling mode.

Captain FANplastic in full storytelling mode.

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The first Pick n Pay’s People n Planet Beach Clean-Up for the year was held at Hout Bay beach on Saturday 15 February.

More than 80 people, including 30 Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy cyclists, from Khayelitsha, participated in the event held in collaboration with The Beach Co-op, Captain FANplastic and Smart Shopper.

A true family affair, the children were greeted by Captain FANplastic who hosted story-telling about plastic pollution and recycling before everyone embarked on a real-life treasure hunt for plastic waste (complete with maps of the beach).

In less than two hours, the volunteers had collected 327kg of waste over a 1.5km stretch, of which 58kg was recycled.

The volunteers were equipped to track the 12 litter items that are most commonly found during clean-ups. These are carrier bags, chip packets, cigarette lighters, cooldrink bottles, cooldrink lids, ear buds, fishing line, light sticks, plastic lollipop sticks, straws, sweet wrappers and water bottles.

“While the primary goal is to clean up and preserve the country’s coastlines, the People n Planet Beach Clean-Up initiative hopes to also to inspire recycling behaviour to avoid unnecessary plastic pollution entering the environment in the first place, which then often lands up in the oceans,” says Andre Nel, general manager for sustainability.

Each volunteer received PnP’s People n Planet green reusable bag – made from green recycled plastic bottles – a Fresh Living magazine and lunch. There was also a prize giving with PnP gift cards. All the children received a book from Captain FANplastic.

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