Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Trash Hero

There is trash everywhere out here.  The problem is this, you guys. There is nowhere for it to go.

Every weekend I go to a different beach on a different island.  And every weekend it's the same... Bottles.  Spoons.  Shoes.  Lighters.  Lids. Rope. Bags.  Purses.  And on and on and on...

And what to do? Pick it all up?  Sure.  Then what?  Can't put it in the bin on the way to the car.  Can't drop it at the recycling center on the way home.

I'm on an island in the middle of the sea!

I visit the local villages here and their beaches are strewn with everything from broken plates and discarded clothes to plastic bags and aqua bottles.  I could rally the people together, let's clean the beach!  Plastic bags in this pile, bottles over there!  But then what?  Burn it?  Bury it?  The nearest plastic bank is half a day away by boat.

And around and around my thoughts go until I come back to where I started.  Overwhelm and devastation.  There is so much litter here.  It's fucking ugly.  It's killing our oceans.  And I have no idea what to do about it.

So you can imagine how thrilled I was to stumble across Trash Hero who have been there and done that and are full of suggestions and solutions to help people like me who have zero clue where to start.

Born in Thailand, the Trash Hero mission is to "create sustainable community-based projects that remove existing waste, and reduce future waste by inspiring long-term behaviour change".

I had the great privilege of meeting the Sanur (Bali) Trash Hero team on Sunday afternoon.  I cleaned plastic debris and talked eco bricks and left the beach feeling a bit more inspired and a bit more hopeful.

You can read more about the Trash Hero mission, their story and their chapters by visiting their website,  Join a chapter or start your own!

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