30 Jun, 2020
Our Visionary Ocean Warriors – turn trash into treasure
Fuelled by a passion for protecting our ocean life, two local teenagers are set to launch an innovative combined beach clean-up and recycled market called Seaside Scavenge.
Jazmin Simmons and Poppy Ives, 15, will host a mini festival at Caloundra’s Happy Valley in September where people can turn trash into treasure. Every ten pieces of litter collected earns a Trash Token which becomes currency to purchase second hand clothes, toys and books at a pop-up market set up on site.
The initiative not only helps remove plastic pollution from our waterways, it diverts clothes and other items from landfill, supporting the circular economy.
To date, Seaside Scavenges across Australia have collected 13,450kg of litter and traded almost 10 kilograms of clothes.
Litter collected is catalogued and submitted to the Australian Marine Debris Database managed by the Tangaroa Blue Foundation.
Jazmin and Poppy along with friends and other ocean champion volunteers, are both actively involved with local ocean protection group, Visionary Ocean Warriors which holds regular beach clean-ups at Caloundra and Golden Beach. The group also participates in citizen science research on microplastic pollution on our beaches.
Poppy was recently shortlisted as one of the five finalists of the inaugural Less Hall Young Conservationist of the Year Award. “I learnt first-hand from Heidi at Tangaroa Blue that collecting rubbish from the beach isn’t enough, that we need to work hard to stop it at its source,” said Poppy.
Find out more about Visionary Ocean Warriors or check out the Seaside Scavenge video.
Join the Visionary Ocean Warriors Plastic Free July beach clean-up
Saturday 18 July at 9am
Fraser Park, Golden Beach