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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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