Plastic Pollution

Clean Ocean Project

- Fuerteventura
  • Main problem:
    Environmental Pollution
  • Subproblem:
    Polluted beaches and coastal areas
  • Consequence:
    Environmental pollution
  • Solution:
    Stop peoples single-use mentality and raising more awareness

The Clean Ocean Project is a non-governmental organization based on Fuerteventura.

Clean Ocean Project was founded in 2002 on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, by Wim Geirnaert. For the last 15 years, the organization has removed tons of trash from beaches all over Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Morocco, Brazil, El Salvador, Ecuador and Belgium. Besides cleaning the beaches, the goal of Clean Ocean Project is to educated people about the issue of ocean waste and create awareness towards more sustainable living. Over the last couple of years, the project has been focusing on the source of the pollution problem; the use and production of single-use plastic. Highlighting the problem with campaigns and initiatives to eliminate plastic bags, straws and single-use plastic on the island of Fuerteventura.

Meeting people face to face and help business owners make sustainable changes have been a success and it is an ongoing project that aims to target all major single-use items that have become a big part of our lives. While targeting the source of the pollution, the beaches are still drowning in plastic, and cleaning is still necessary. That’s why Clean Ocean Project recently launched Playa Pallet to engage and get more people involved. Playa Pallet is a wooden box where you can throw all the trash you find on the beach and in the sea. It is placed all over the island and the goal is to motivate people to do beach cleanings daily and pick up the trash they come across.

Photo Credits by: ©cleanoceanproject

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