We are inspired with the efforts of Kristin and Marios Bac. Since the beginning of this year they have organised 4 massive beach clean ups in the Epanomi area and intend to continue to organise one every two to three weeks:
The Bacs own a travel agency in Germany called Five Senses Travel, and live in Thessaloniki. They are in love with their product - the natural beauty of Greece, and they want to protect it. They have created a new Facebook page called Five Senses Beachcleaner and encourage as many people as possible to come to their beach cleans. This is how they came across Plastic Free Greece and they reached out to us to help them spread the word on our social media pages, which we did with great pleasure.
They ask for all who show up to their beach cleans to wear gloves and bring trash pickers. They have a friend who has a recycling company who helps them after the beach clean ups to collect the garbage. Once he collects the garbage with his big truck, the garbage is taken to his facility to be separated and what can be recycled is, the rest is put in normal garbage bins to be sent to landfill.
We asked Kristin what it is they typically find washed up on beaches and here is what she said: "It is unbelievable, we find everything. Closed cans of beer, closed water bottles, drinking straws, bottle caps, styrofoam boxes, shoes, nets, fishing gear, umbrellas, clothes, furniture, garbage containers, innumerable plastic bags, car tires, bathtubs, broken and old boats, many empty plastic bottles. Worst of all are the dead animals we find. Last one was a dead sea turtle."
Their next beach clean will be on March 10th. If you live in the Thessaloniki area, we hope you will join them!