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.
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.