After many beach cleanup’s between 2011 and 2014 I started noticing litter in the environment, in the suburbs, waterways, streets and parks. As a result I started collecting Bottle Tops over a period of 10 weeks around my house in Sunningdale. 1000 bottle tops were collected during the period in a space of about 2km. I soon realised that the more I picked up, the more there were.
I began thinking of ways to get the message of littering and plastic pollution across to children. At the time my friend Tanya Prinsloo had become the unit leader for Bothasig Girl Guides and Rangers . We initially discussed the idea of the girls participating in a beach cleanup for Earth Day 2015 . We later discussed the possibility of plastic bottle top art. I was thrilled when Tanya agreed to bring her girls to a beach cleanup and plastic bottle top art morning at Big Bay Beach. Gregory Player , founder of http://www.cleanc.co.za (the NPO behind Cape Town Beach Cleanup ), had started a Fish Hoek Primary Recycle Project and asked the children to collect their bottle tops for a project. The children collected thousands of tops that were used to create the art.
On 25 April 2015 Tanya arrived with 11 girls. We had a successful beach cleanup and then proceeded to create art 🙂 The girls enjoyed the idea and enthusiastically participated in the Plastic Bottle Top Art. The day allowed us to discuss recycling, litter, plastic pollution and ways to make small changes to our daily lives that can greatly impact the planet in a positive way! The girls learned about saying NO to single use plastic items like straws, to start 😉
It was at this event that an idea was born to invite as many Girl Guides to participate in 2016 as possible. Tanya took the idea back to the Girl Guides and we were added to their 2016 Calendar! PACT – Passionate About Cape Town hosted a Earth Day 2016 event at Big Bay and Muizenberg on 23 April 2016. The event was attended by 200 Cape West GIRL GUIDES SA, aged between 4 & 18.
We had girls representing many units across Cape Town. The girls who participated in Muizenberg were Rhodes – Rondebosch, Portland’s, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, 1 Cape Peninsula – Bergvliet, Cape Point – Fishhoek & Princess Vlei – Steenberg . We were fortunate to have the Girl Guide Regional Commissioner with us at this beach.
Some of the highlight images from a excellent day in Muizenberg!
At the same time Tanya headed up the Big Bay event alongside Bradleigh from PACT. Due to uncertain weather conditions on the Thursday prior to the event I approached Moyo Eden on Big Bay for a ‘space to create’. Eric agreed to a space and he and his team were wonderful on the day, accommodating all the girls and their parents on what turned out to be a great, sunny day in Big Bay (massive storm the night before in Cape Town so we were all thrilled) On behalf of PACT, Cape Town Beach Cleanup and the Girl Guides I would like to to thank MOYO again for everything! Much appreciated!
The girls at Big Bay represented Tableview, Bothasig, Monte Vista & Sonstraal.
The girls at both beaches were invited to take part in a Beach Cleanup, followed by plastic bottle top art to highlight plastic pollution in Cape Town, with a focus on single use plastic. The girls at Muizenberg Beach, led by Katherine Heath collected over 16000 bottle tops in the two months they were given prior to the event!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jean Dunn and her team for the opportunity to work with the Girl Guides on this project. Tanya and I are already brainstorming our 2017 Earth Day ideas 🙂
Thank you to each and every girl guide for coming out on Earth Day to celebrate and create! Each girl was presented with a Earth Girl Earth Day badge to remind her of her involvement and the messages received on the day! #earthgirl #earthday2016 #capetown
Cape Town Beach Cleanup’s take place on the 1st Saturday of every month at 14 different beaches across the city. Big Bay happening this Saturday at 10am. Bags and Gloves are provided and volunteers of all ages are welcome to attend. Please visithttp://www.cleanc.co.za for details of participating beaches and times OR http://www.facebook.com/capetownbeachcleanup
To find Girl Guides in your area please contact:
Girl Guides Cape West
Tel: 021-531 1872
A final note from PACT – Event Organiser:
Thank you for taking the time to read about our event. Should you wish to host a day like this with your school or club, etc please contact Bianca on 0215542911 to discuss the options available.