In 2015, we took a group of young designers, artists, musicians and environmentalists to remote Chilli Beach in Cape York to conduct a massive beach clean up.
The days were long and hot, the rubbish heavy, and the remote location meant that showers weren’t an option. But despite all this, the crew had an amazing time — sharing laughs, smiles and impromptu dance breaks for six days straight. In total the group removed 3.1 tonnes of marine debris, including 48,674 plastic fragments, 15,267 bottle lids, 2,305 thongs, 2,004 plastic bottles, 1,563 metres of rope, and 1 playground slide. Each item removed was sorted and recorded for the Australian Marine Debris Database, so we can learn where this rubbish is coming from and develop policies to stop the flow of plastics into our oceans.