On the Saturday morning of 30th March, Ecover had our very first Beach Clean Up, held at Pasir Ris Beach!
Earlier in the month, we went on social media to look out for like-minded individuals and groups who were interested in doing their part towards cleaning up and maintaining our ecosystem, and boy, were we excited to learn that there were many who were just as compassionate towards doing their part for the planet.
With such a positive rate of sign-ups, we proceeded to meet with all the participants on Saturday morning at Pasir Ris Beach. Despite the initial poor weather outlook with thunderstorms threatening to get in the way, almost everyone turned up in good spirits, further fueling the positive energy we all had. The best part; the weather turned out pretty great in the end!
Once we had gathered, the Ecover team briefed everyone on the goal for the day: to collect as much rubbish as we possibly could, across the entire stretch of the beach. The group then split into teams of 5, with families, couples and friends adorned in their new Ecover tee as they scoured the beach for any foreign objects they could find.
Always use lesser of single-use plastics
At Ecover, we strive to quit the use of single-use plastics and try to incorporate recycled plastics within our product packaging so you can get a better clean with lesser waste. We hope you will do the same too. By reducing the use of single-use plastics, it not only helps to create a sustainable future for our environment, it also helps to protect our wildlife from being harmed or endangered by our use of plastics.
Though the weather was relatively cooling and sun-free, everyone worked really hard; the amount of rubbish that had accumulated through time was astonishing to most of us and as we filled bags and bags to the brim, it seemed almost like an insurmountable task after a while. Despite that, we continued to press on, with both young and elderly giving their all to collect as much as possible in the two hours we were allocated.
At the end of the morning, we then gathered and collected all the waste and to our surprise, we managed to collectively bring together a grand total of 107kg worth of rubbish! Some of the items that we found were honestly quite unbelievable. This showed us that even though Singapore is one of the cleanest countries in the world, there still exists many spots on our tiny island that are still plagued by waste, and not a lot are actually recyclable. This experience served to highlight to all of us the importance of keeping our community rubbish-free, and that we all have a part to play individually towards this goal.
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Wanted to be part of our Beach Clean Up but weren’t able to make it? Fret not, because you can play a part in your own home as well!
Here are some useful tips:
Always use lesser of single-use plastics
At Ecover, we strive to quit the use of single-use plastics by incorporating recycled plastics within our product packaging, so you can get a better clean with lesser waste. By reducing the use of single-use plastics, it will not only help to create a sustainable future for our environment, but also protect our wildlife from being harmed or endangered by our continued use of plastics.
Aim to recycle and reuse often
Make sure nothing goes to waste in your home. Plant a pot of greens at home using unwanted carton boxes, or even our product packaging. This not only encourages a recycling habit, but help you be more mindful of our environment and how much we actually use on a daily basis too.
Use cleaner products to keep your home clean
Use products that do not contain harsh chemicals, chemical fragrances and other toxins; though these substances might aid in cleaning, they will also cause damage to our waterways and eventually, aquatic life. By keeping our waters clean, we can strive to create a sustainable future for our water system, as we have been doing all along since 1979. Conclusion? Use only biodegradable, plant formulations to keep our homes clean instead!