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Plastic Free Hawaiʻi MLK Day Beach Cleanups

February 04, 2020

We celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service this year with two Plastic Free Hawaiʻi beach cleanups! 

Despite rainy conditions 350 participants came out to lend a hand at James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge in Kahuku! To ensure that the spirit of Dr. King was felt as well as celebrated throughout the morning, PFH program coordinator Lisa Jeffers-Fabro began the day by reading a passage from King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, “In a real sense all life is interrelated. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Dr. King’s words provided the perfect foundation for what ended up being a playful, connected, and productive cleanup. One that resulted in lots of smiles had and waste diverted. Just over 2.6 tons of the latter in total. 

At the moment existing technology doesn’t allow for ocean debris like these to be easily repurposed, but we still do our best to reuse and upcycle as much of the waste as we can: setting aside all large pieces of hard plastics to later be shipped off and turned into clothing by Parley and inviting artists to take home unique objects for art installations.

 

In Kailua,  Kailua Beach Adventures rallied 864 volunteers at Kalama Beach Park and removed 916lbs of marine and land debris in 2 hours!! 

Thank you to our partners Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi, Parley, All Good Products, U.S.Fish & Wildlife Service, Kailua Beach Adventures, all the volunteers that contributed to this amazing day of service!

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