BeachCleaner and Spreadshop partner to tackle plastic pollution in oceans
Our oceans are being used as a dumping ground and the amount of plastic floating in them is alarming. 5 Gyres estimates that around 5.25 trillion bits of plastic are currently polluting our seas, and this number is increasing every day. In light of this issue, German organisation BeachCleaner has taken it upon themselves to make a positive impact. By selling plastic-free products through Spreadshop since 2021, they hope to tackle the problem head on.
BeachCleaner was founded by Anne Mäusbacher, who was inspired to take action after a life-changing experience on a Mediterranean holiday. Shocked by the amount of plastic waste on the beaches, she and her husband started picking up the rubbish with their son’s fishing net. Since 2015, Anne and her team of volunteers have been campaigning for plastic-free oceans and raising awareness of sustainability. BeachCleaner’s mission is to “Act, Learn, Transform” by educating people, initiating trash collection campaigns, sharing their knowledge on how to carry out effective clean-ups, and starting a program called “Kids for the Ocean” to engage school children.
Plastic is a significant danger and challenge facing our world. Every minute, a truck-sized load of plastic is dumped into the sea. BeachCleaner’s aim is to not only educate people and remove plastic, but to find effective solutions to the production of single-use plastics. By partnering with Spreadshop, they can offer sustainable products that help people transition towards a plastic-free and conscious lifestyle. Anne encourages people to use a Plastic Footprint Calculator to track their plastic usage and understand the impact of their everyday activities.
Every purchase made from the BeachCleaner Spreadshop contributes towards helping the organisation achieve their goals. Anne is focused on regional clean-ups, particularly in and around Nuremberg. This is important as 80% of plastic waste in the sea originates from inland sources such as lakes and rivers. By addressing the problem at its source, BeachCleaner hopes to make a significant impact in the fight against plastic waste. They are grateful for the many volunteers who support them and believe that only together can we win this battle.