Greenpicks supports plastic waste collection in Port Grimaud

Thumbs up for Greenpick's plastic waste collection campaign in Port Grimaud
Thumbs up for Greenpick’s plastic waste collection campaign in Port Grimaud

Greenpicks supports plastic waste collection campaign in Port Grimaud

Fine sand, beach walks, secluded coves and crystal clear water – that is the romantic idea of a perfect holiday by the sea. On many beaches in the world, however, garbage mountains from plastic spoil the holiday pleasure. More and more water sports people are documenting on the internet surfing on a wave of plastic.

Greenpicks’ plastic waste collection campaign in Port Grimaud is already showing the abundance of many plastic products. We entrust to all peoples heart spending their holidays on the beach to the careful use of plastic and a responsible waste disposal.

Unfortunately, the EU ban on plastic will only come into force in the year 2021. Then there must be recyclable alternatives to plastic cutlery, plates, straws, cotton swabs and drink stirrers, as well as to polystyrene frothed food and beverage packaging (e.g., yoghurt pots).

Identified: plastic waste from Switzerland and Italy on the Cote d’Azur

Greenpicks plastic waste collection helpers on the beach
Greenpicks plastic waste collection helpers on the beach

For the passionate kite surfer Stephanie Lange reason enough, to launch a plastic waste collection campaign together with Greenpicks at hot spots. On one afternoon during the Easter holidays, the beach cleaning started on the Cote d’Azur in the bay of Saint Tropez. Six women at the age of 13 to 58, accompanied by a photographer, collected four buckets of garbage within an hour, most of which had been washed up by the storm.

Plastic waste collection: Plastic lid saguaro
Plastic waste collection: Plastic lid saguaro
Plastic waste collection: Vitasnella plastic lid
Plastic waste collection: Vitasnella plastic lid

But also carelessly discarded stems of lollipops, candy wrappers, cigarette filters, plastic lids of beverage bottles, e.g. from Saguaro mineral water (* a private label of Lidl from Switzerland), from Vitasnella mineral water (** origin Italy), a shoe sole, bubble wrap and many small plastic pieces belonged to the sad find.

Plastic waste collection: Plastic bag Géant Casino
Plastic waste collection: Plastic bag Géant Casino

Whether the plastic bag from the nearby supermarket Géant Casino was blown away by the wind or carelessly thrown away by tourists, could not be reconstructed. However, anyone who knows the product range in the Géant also knows that the French company could increase its commitment to plastic waiver.

A lot of booty: Plastic barrel from Greece in the south of France

Plastic barrel rescue on the beach in Port Grimaud
Plastic barrel rescue on the beach in Port Grimaud

A plastic barrel was the biggest booty. Concerning to the imprint it came from Greece. The recycling symbol on the barrel reveals that this plastic is recyclable. But you also have to do it, so that it does not hang around anymore in the sea and get washed ashore. The big barrel was full of sand and microorganisms. After it had been emptied by hand, it could be brought to the recycling center of a campsite.

French recycling bin
French recycling bin

The action was accompanied by onlookers who applauded, but unfortunately did not bend their fingers.

Greenpicks rewarded the eager helper with a refillable Coffee to go reusable cup in the Sea Shepherd Edition of KeepCup and compostable Sprout pencils.

Plastic-free alternatives and waste prevention at Greenpicks

If you would like to switch to sustainable alternatives for disposable tableware, cotton swabs and straws right now, you will find recyclable and plastic free articles for the home, kitchen, bathroom, leisure and parties on greenpicks.de/en. The extensive range of reusable products enables a reduced waste lifestyle of everyday life. With every purchase decision every customer has the choice. Unreflected consumption increases the amount of waste, deliberate consumption lowers it and is a step towards low waste. Which plastic products can be quickly and inexpensively exchanged for recyclable and sustainable alternatives, you will learn in our Greenpicks magazine “Getting started with less plastic“.

PS: For privacy reasons and the right to own picture not all participants want to be named or shown.

Origin:
* https://www.lidl.ch/de/Eigenmarken-442.html
** https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrarelle
Photos © streitline – Iris Streit