Rangitoto coastline clean-up
Last week Kwanto teamed up with Sustainable Coastlines and
headed to Rangitoto Island for an afternoon of hard
labour! The event aligned with Sustainable Coastline's "love
your coast" campaign that aims to raise awareness about the effects
of single-use plastics on marine life.
Before we got our hands dirty our Sustainable Coastlines
guide, Amy, gave us the low down on how trash in the ocean and
along our coasts can lead to negative outcomes for seabirds, fish
and other marine animals. We learnt
about photo-degradation and how plastics can be mistaken for
food. Once eaten, plastic can't be digested and the animal
feels full without getting nutrients and can stop eating
completely. Here's food for thought, many plastics are
derived from oil and fish are oil absorbing. So even though we
remove the stomach of fish before consuming them, plastic compounds
are absorbed into the fish's blood stream and their flesh.
Makes you think that getting a good quality, reusable drink bottle
might be a good idea after all!
After our minds were filled with this enlightening information we
were eager to get out there and start the clean-up. It was a
30 minute walk along the coast to Flax Point where the
clean-up took place. The view from here looking back onto
Tāmaki Makaurau was absolutely stunning! But to our left and
right nestled deep in the scoria were unwanted plastics.
The rubbish that we collected ranged from bottle caps, glass and
plastic bottles, food wrappers and plastic packaging scraps.
These are common items that many of us use on
a daily basis. The experience was eye-opening for the
team and we'll be sure to spread the word about reducing
the use of single-use plastics.
We'd like to thank the team at Sustainable Coastlines, you
guys do such a great job. Love your work!
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