Take it with you
27 November 2016
Take 3 for the Sea: Taking your beach rubbish with you.
This morning we had the pleasure of breakfast looking over the main beach in Forster NSW. A gorgeous place which is typical of an Australian easy-going beachside town.
Strangely enough, the Green Getaways team had just this week been discussing tourism accommodation around the Australian coastline, and reading about how some places are taking the initiative and supplying guests with bags if they felt inclined to pick up beach rubbish.
It was therefore great to come across the Take 3 buckets below which led us on a journey to find out a bit more.
Take 3 Buckets
Forster Main Beach
It turns out that there are thousands of people involved in picking up rubbish around our waterways and attempting to keep our beaches free of plastic. The organisation behind the whole push is called TAKE 3 and we applaud them for their actions. All they are asking is that each person visiting beach or or waterway picks up 3 pieces of rubbish and taken away with you.
Like to find out more? The info below is from the Take 3 Australian website.
“In 2011, Take 3 was awarded the inaugural Taronga Conservation Society’s Green Grant and a $50,000 prize. The prize, exposure and support from Taronga helped build the organisation and provided Take 3 with the confidence to expand.”
Take 3 was born in 2009 when surfing enthusiast, Amanda Marechal, and marine ecologist, Roberta Dixon-Valk developed a simple idea to tackle the ever-growing problem of marine debris.
Joining forces with environmentalist, Tim Silverwood, the team developed a plan and officially registered Take 3 in mid 2010.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Image from Take 3 for the Sea
HOW IT WORKS – from Take 3
“Plastic gets into the ocean in all sorts of ways but most of it comes from land. By preventing the problem in the first place, we can start to make a real impact in reducing plastic pollution. Whenever you’re at a beach, waterway or anywhere in the great outdoors, simply take 3 pieces of rubbish away with you and you’ve made a difference.”
Picking up other people’s rubbish may not be a natural instinct, but supporters find that they pick up many more than 3 items once they get started.
Join together with friends to Take 3, or make it a mindful moment of your daily or weekly routine and you’ll create a new habit that’s good for both you and the planet!
If you want to share what you’ve collected, take a picture and upload it to Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #Take3fortheSea and logging the location. Take 3 can then record the number of items that are being removed and measure the tangible difference they’re making as a collective!”