Plastic Free July 2019

By July 1, 2019 Cleanups, Events
Plastic Free July 2019

Photographer: Romano Fortuin for LCA Spark Talks

The Plastic Free July campaign originated in Western Australia in 2011 and has grown from a very small number of participants to millions of people acting in more than 170 countries. The Plastic Free Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation, manages the campaign on an international level. Their vision is to create a world without plastic waste by encouraging people to be more aware of their plastic use and by working on solutions with communities around the world.

Plastic Free July 2019

The Beach Co-op uses beach cleanups and its Dirty Dozen methodology as a way to educate and activate people in becoming citizen scientists. We have facilitated more than 70 cleanups in the last two years. The data that you log on the top 12 most commonly found items on our beaches (except cigarette butts and polystyrene bits) during cleanups helps us engage on the issue with the industry. It will also change the way that you view and use plastics.

Plastic Free July data capturing 2019

The Beach Co-op, Twyg and WWF South Africa have set a #PlasticFreeMzansi challenge for July 2019. This Plastic Free July we want you to give up three items that are polluting our beaches: earbud sticks, chip packets and plastic bottles. We kicked off the month with a cleanup on the 29th June; 49 people arrived on a very cold winters day and collected 10 full bags weighing 74.5 kilograms. Our top three Dirty Dozen items for this cleanup were:

1339
Straws
1237
Cooldrink lids
961
Sweet wrappers
Plastic Free July 2019

There is so much happening in South Africa this month and we wanted to share all the events we are aware of with you – get out there and help make a difference!

Upcoming Events

Plastic Free July 2019 Events
3 July (weather dependant) 

The Beach Co-op

Event: New Moon Cleanup 

Venue: Surfers Corner, Muizenberg 

Time: 9AM

 

3 July 

PETCO is hosting an event – What on Earth is going on? at Doubletree By Hilton,Cape Town. They’’ll bust recycling myths with Recycle 1st. Cyril Naicker will talk about adopting sustainable shopping habits. The Beach Co-op will give us a look into their efforts and we’ll learn about how academia is crucial to reducing waste. Networking, snacks and drinks will follow. Bookings, tickets and the full programme can be found here.

Time: 5:30PM to 7:30PM

 

5 July

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Gordons Bay/Strand

Time: 2PM

 

6 July

The Beach Co-op & Faithful to Nature

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Kommetjie, Cape Town

Time: 9AM

 

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Cape Town Beach Cleanups

 

12 July

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event:  Beach Cleanup

Venue: Muizenberg: 2PM

Kalk Bay Harbour: 2PM

Kommetjie: 2PM

 

13 July

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Hout Bay: 2PM

 Camps Bay: 2PM

 Sea Point:  2PM

 

14 July

Future Kids Club

Event: Beach Cleanup 

Venue: Strand 

Time: 9AM

Notes: Meet just past the Strand Public Pool

 

17 July

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Dolphin Beach

Time: 2PM

 

18 July (Mandela Day)

WWF

Event: Twitter Chat #PlasticFreeMzansi

Venue: Twitter

Time: 12pm-2pm 

 

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Milnerton Lighthouse: 9AM

 Paarden Island:  12PM

 Sunset Beach:  3PM

 

Event: Night Beach Walk 

Venue: Blouberg Strand

Time: 7PM

 

Litterboom Project

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: To be confirmed

Time 8AM

 

19 July

Cape Town Beach Cleanup 

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Tableview, Beachfront

Time: 2PM

 

20 July

The Beach Co-op & Woolworths

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Strandfontein, Cape Town

Time: 9AM

 

KZN Beach Cleanup

Event: Plastic Free July Beach Cleanup

Venue: Country Club Beach (Opposite The Bike & Bean)

Time: 9AM

 

WESSA Algoa Bay Branch

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue Notes: Meet at the beacon on Marine Drive close to the intersection with Admiralty Way. 

Time: 09:30AM

 

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: 3rde Steen, Blouberg

Time: 10AM

 

26 July

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Melkbos 1st Ave

Time: 2PM

 

27 July

Two Oceans Aquarium & The Beach Co-op

Event: Trash Bash Beach Cleanup 

Venue: Mouille Point 

Time: 9AM

 

Oceano Reddentes & #Seathebiggerpicture 

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue: Millers Point 

Time: 9AM

 

Cape Town Beach Cleanup

Event: Beach Cleanup

Venue Notes: Melkbos NSRI to Koeberg

Time: 10AM

 

30 July

Event: From Home To Ocean (a forum theatre event)

Venue: Two Oceans Aquarium

Time: 6:30PM

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