PRODUCE LESS TRASH and RECYCLE
Thousands of animals die each day from ingesting or becoming entangled in trash. Around 80% of the garbage that exists in the sea is produced on land… it is all ours. The origin of all of this waste is not as important as the fact that an inexcusable quantity ultimately arrives in the ocean.
- A simple change of attitude can clean the world and save the lives of many animals.
You can help more than you think, follow some of these steps:
- Do not ask for plastic bags for your shopping and don’t accept when they are offered to you.
- Re-use plastic cups
- Do not buy little bottles, it is better to buy big ones
- Do not use disposable cutlery and plates
- Separate the organic waste, glass, plastic and metal into different receptacles
- Collect the rubbish that you find when you go to the mountains and the beach
- Don’t throw garbage in the street… all of it ends up in the sea.
- Cigarette butts, ice-cream sticks, and straws contaminate the beaches
- Keep your rubbish in a bag until you find a trashcan.
- Tell your friends and family how easy it is to change your attitude
Protect the oceans… unite this year to clean all the beaches of the world
MACHALILLA NATIONAL PARK
Every year in September, we celebrate World Coast Clean-up Day. With the support of the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coastal Resources Management Program (PMRC), Equilibrio Azul works to clean the beaches and marine parks of Ecuador. The aid of volunteers is vital to the success of this operation. It is very important throughout this process that registration forms be filed, and that refuse be both collected and classified. Follow-up work includes sending these documents to the regional offices of PMRC.
Equilibrio Azul regularly cleans the beaches of Southern Manabí. Contact us if you would like to join us or find out which beach we will be located.
When we last cleaned the beaches, we wanted to see what could be found in only 200 meters of coastline on the beach of Puerto Lopez. With the aid of many volunteers, this is what we managed to collect in only two hours: Tin cans, fishing nets, glass bottles, disposable cups, plastic bottles, bottle caps, popsicle sticks, cigarette butts, candy wrappers, and many other types of trash.
A fish, a sea bird, or a tortoise can die upon confusing these things with food swallowing them. It is our responsibility not to leave them there.
SANTA CLARA ISLAND
On Isla Santa Clara, one of the locations we conduct our Proyecto Aves Marinas, we have also conducted a clean-up operation of the coastline in conjunction with Personnel from the Department of the Environment, the National Armada and the University San Francisco of Quito. This important project must go on, as this island is one of the most beautiful on the Ecuadorian coast and has been totally neglected by conservation efforts. We need your support to return more often to this island. Contact us if you can help.