Last month, we set out a challenge to live as plastic free as possible for 30 days.
We’ve been so impressed by the response from our dedicated volunteers, staff and extended Camps family who have pledged with us to do their part in helping to drastically reduce the amount of plastic washing up in our oceans, harming our wildlife and threatening our natural environments.
Our 30 day challenge finishes today, but the real work is only just beginning. Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental issues today. Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied and enough of it is thrown away each year to circle the earth 4 times.
How can you do more to help protect our planet from plastic?
In addition to reduce the build up of plastic in the future, it’s important for us to tackle the problem of the amount of plastic waste already accumulated in our environments.
As global leaders in sustainability, we work alongside local communities to find solutions to the plastic problem as well as other environmental issues they are facing.
We’re looking for more volunteers to join us and get involved in these vital projects – helping to tackle plastic pollution in fragile environments.
Educate and empower communities on plastic recycling in Borneo
Join us in Borneo this year to help develop our large-scale community development work with a focus on recycling discarded plastics.
With the help of our volunteer teams, we are currently constructing a hut on Mantanani island to house a plastic compression machine. This new facility will make it easier for plastic refuse to be compressed and sent off the island to be recycled, encouraging more residents to participate in regular recycling.
We are also constructing community housing and facilities for the community on this island using recycled plastic bottles which are filled with sand and turned into eco-bricks. Approximately 150 plastic bottles were repurposed in the making of the toilet block pictured – a fantastic achievement for both environmental protection and community development at the same time.
Protect endangered turtles by clearing plastic from nesting sites in Ecuador
Travel to Ecuador and volunteer on marine conservation on Ecuador’s spectacular coastline. The beautiful beach at Puerto Rico, near our Camp Costa, is an important nesting site for endangered turtles.
However, it’s also heavily polluted by vehicles driving on the beach, oil spillages and littering. Millions of turtles, birds, fish and marine mammals die each year due to marine refuse; often through ingesting plastics.
As a Camps volunteer, you can get involved in beach clean-ups with the local community to help preserve this important natural habitat and protect the species which depend on it.
Give waste plastics a positive purpose in Kenya
Work alongside local conservation groups in Kenya to repurpose waste plastics into something that benefits the local community, wildlife and environment.
Using recycled plastic bottles, our volunteers have constructed raised seed beds at Marungu tree nursery, providing a protected environment to nurture over 3,000 indigenous seedlings which are essential to preserving this important wildlife haven.
We are also using these sustainable building methods to construct water tanks in rural Kenyan villages – the discarded plastic bottles packed in with dense mud bricks provide an ideal solution to water harvesting which benefits the entire community.
Take action now
With your help, we can continue to lead the way in tackling plastic pollution globally.
Join us on one of our programmes from 2 weeks to 4 months and get involved in innovative projects like these that will help make a measurable difference to natural environments, wildlife and communities.