The inaugural Ocean Lovers Festival took place over the weekend, transforming Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach into an environment lovers’ sanctuary. Festival goers engaged in a range of ocean conservation and sustainable living activities, including Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean-Up, hosted by global recycling company TOMRA.
The beach clean-up, which took place on April 13, gave Sydney-siders the chance to get amongst the action and do their part in keeping our beloved beaches clean. Approximately 125 people took part with the first 100 attendees receiving eco-friendly tote bags, courtesy of TOMRA and Take 3 for the Sea.
Over the course of one hour, the beach clean-up participants collected 3,500 items of waste, equating to 43kg. Cigarette butts, plastic food packaging and polystyrene pieces were the biggest polluters – some recyclable, much of it not.
Tim Silverwood, environmentalist and TOMRA ambassador, joined the beach clean-up, taking participants through the rubbish collected and ways of responsibly disposing of the waste.
“There’s a genuine movement sweeping across the globe. More and more people are participating in activities to clean our planet, prevent plastic pollution and drive the circular economy,” Silverwood said.
“It was great to see hundreds of people for Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean-up! Even though Australia’s beaches may look clean from afar, look closely and you’ll see they’re far from clean.”
According to Ryan Buzzell, TOMRA Australia president, they are proud to have collaborated with Take 3 for the Sea in supporting Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean-up.
“It’s our mission to lead the resource revolution and keep our planet clean, by focusing on recycling for sustainability,” Buzzell added.
“Initiatives like this help to raise awareness on how much waste there is around us and how small efforts can go a long way.”
Ocean Lover attendees also had the opportunity to view Australian environmental artist, John Dahlsen’s works at his ‘Waste No More’ exhibition, sponsored by TOMRA, at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery. The exhibition showcased a range of artworks created from plastics and waste collected at the beach.
The Ocean Lovers festival, which took place over the four days, sought to empower visitors to create active change and help protect Australia’s beautiful beaches and oceans.
Key take-outs from the beach clean-up:
- 3,500 items found over the course of one hour
- 60 bottles and cans collected
- 43kg of waste
- Worst offenders = cigarette buttes, plastic food packaging and polystyrene pieces