Take up the challenge of protecting our oceans from your home.
For four weeks, we will be presenting weekly challenges. Take a picture, share it on social media and use the hashtag #EUBeachCleanUp!
Challenge #4 - Sort your waste
More than 80% of beach litter in the EU is plastics. The non-plastic part is often inert or biodegradable, and has a lower environmental impact. So, where does this plastic come from? Less than 30% of plastic waste is collected for recycling in the EU, putting the remaining plastics in landfills or incinerated. Our landfills are the main source for these items, and plastic finds its way to the sea through drainage and wind.
This week (10-19 September) take part in the challenge and ensure that all the trash you produce is correctly sorted to save our oceans! Take a picture, share it on social media and use the hashtag #EUBeachCleanUp!
Challenge #3 - Reduce water consumption
Water is a limited resource and fresh water a scarce one, but we still take it for granted and consume more than we need. Taking a five-minute shower uses 37 to 94 litres of water (source: EPA), but typically 20% of the duration of every shower is essentially lost. This week (3 – 9 September) take part in the challenge and reduce water consumption on your daily activities.
Challenge #2 - Shop for less packaging
We use it for a few minutes, but it lasts hundreds of years... Did you know that around 50% of the plastic beach litter in the EU are single-use plastics? This week (27 August - 2 September) say no to disposables and find good eco-friendly alternatives!
Challenge #1 - Clean your neighbourhood
Most marine litter originates on land, so cleaning your suroundings is a great start to preseve clean oceans and seas. This week (19-26 August), look around your neighbourhood and check what can you do to prevent litter arriving to the ocean! Remember: the ocean starts right at our doorstep!