Stop Throwing Garbage Into The Ocean!

1,432.30 kilograms (3157 pounds) of trash were collected at Pantai Morib Baharu, Banting.

Does that scare you yet?

The ocean is not a garbage disposal. It may sound absurd to many to treat the ocean like a bin, but there are people out there that still treats it like one, regardless of all the warnings on how it’s affecting the marine life.

The Body Shop Malaysia participated in the Ocean Conservancy’s 32nd International Coastal Cleanup -the world’s most widespread single-day volunteer effort to clean up garbage from local water
bodies and waterways. This year’s chosen location is at Pantai Morib Baharu, Banting, Selangor.

For the first time, The Body Shop Malaysia collaborated with Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat, MDKL on 16th September 2017. The event was officiated by the councillor of MDKL, Mr Fazly Razaly accompanied by the director of MDKL, Tuan Hj Arpaaii Bin Hj Sanat. To hype the event, volunteers from German Malaysian Institute, Kolej Komuniti Kuala Langat, iM4U, Lightbulb Apparel and the public participated in this event.

We’re not just picking up trash to make the beach look clean. The main purpose of this is to pick up trash to keep it from blowing back out to the water and harm marine life.” says Datin Mina Cheah-Foong, Managing Director of The Body Shop Malaysia.

It’s not just regular trash and litter of food and waste, some out of the ordinary findings such as a small refrigerator, umbrella, florescent light tube, pipes, ritual garlands and other common trash. A contest was also held among volunteers, as an encouragement for them to collect as much trash possible. The top 3 groups with heaviest trash collected won prizes from The Body Shop.

For us, being truly sustainable means shaping our business to work in line with the planet’s natural systems so they can replenish and restore themselves. Therefore, keeping our local waterways, beaches, lakes and rivers clean is not just for one day a year. It has to be done continuously.” says Datin Mina.

A small refrigerator found by one of the group

A small refrigerator found by one of the group

Amazing how people find it convenient by disposing their trash into the ocean and other people have to cleanup

Amazing how people find it convenient by disposing their trash into the ocean and other people have to cleanup

Any trash found will be recorded in the data sheet for tabulation and analaysed by Ocean Conservancy

Any trash found will be recorded in the data sheet for tabulation and analaysed by Ocean Conservancy

Datin Mina Cheah, Managing Director of The Body Shop gave an encouraging welcome speech during the event

Datin Mina Cheah, Managing Director of The Body Shop gave an encouraging welcome speech during the event

Datin Mina receiving a token of appreciation from the councillor of MajlisDaerah Kuala Langat, Encik Fazly Razaly

Datin Mina receiving a token of appreciation from the councillor of MajlisDaerah Kuala Langat, Encik Fazly Razaly

Encik Fazly , Tn Haji Arpaaii, Florence Duchemin and Datin Mina found an old t-shirt deeply emded in the shore

Encik Fazly , Tn Haji Arpaaii, Florence Duchemin and Datin Mina found an old t-shirt deeply emded in the shore

International Coastal Clenaup 2017 group photo

International Coastal Clenaup 2017 group photo

It is quite common to find an old tyre being disposed at the beach or thrown into the ocean

It is quite common to find an old tyre being disposed at the beach or thrown into the ocean

Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat Councillor and Director receiving a token of appreciation from The Body Shop

Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat Councillor and Director receiving a token of appreciation from The Body Shop

Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat Councillor, Encik Fazly officiating the event

Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat Councillor, Encik Fazly officiating the event

Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat Councillor, Encik Fazly Razaly welcome the volunteers with a heart warming speech

Majlis Daerah Kuala Langat Councillor, Encik Fazly Razaly welcome the volunteers with a heart warming speech

Start caring for the environment at a young age

Start caring for the environment at a young age

Volunteers from German Malaysian Institute all smiles after cleaning up the beach

Volunteers from German Malaysian Institute all smiles after cleaning up the beach

Volunteers picking up trash that are deeply embended into the sand

Volunteers picking up trash that are deeply embended into the sand

Volunteers pulling out a fabric that is deeply embeded into the sand

Volunteers pulling out a fabric that is deeply embeded into the sand

Wildlife Warrior from GMI won the first prize!

Wildlife Warrior from GMI won the first prize!

Think before you throw your garbage.

It’s not just about convenience, there are lives in sea that are at stake every time you decide to throw something on the beach or at sea.

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