ARCHELON volunteers collected 8 large bags of rubbish from west Laganas beach clean
A bottle cap, a bait, a single flip flop, a drinking straw, indefinable pieces of plastic. Red, blue, white, green, black, bleached colour. These are all the things that I find on the beach. Most of the rubbish was washed from the sea onto the beach. Other beach rubbish was discarded by the local tourist industry and regular beach visitors. Colourful plastic needs 450 to 1000 years to finally breakdown in the environment. Because of carelessness and incorrect recycling all the plastic gets introduced into the water. It is then carried until it is washed onto the beach or it is eaten by an animal. For example, sea turtles sometimes eat a plastic bag because they might think itʼs a jellyfish. Because of such incidents many endangered sea turtles die. That is why we take care of the beach and always keep it clean. Together with assistance from the National Marine Park of Zakynthos and WWF we cleaned the beach. We do it by carrying big black plastic bags and wearing gloves. On a stretch of beach (Laganas A) that was about 1,5 km (0,932 miles) long, it took 6 people about 2 and a half hours to pick up the rubbish. In total there were 8 full bags of rubbish, but even so, there was rubbish left on the beach.
Every time a bag is filled it makes me a little sad. I think we should take better care of our environment – for the turtles, for nature and also for us.