Our First Clean Up Event Success Story

On Sunday, September 24, 2017, Zihro Plastic hosted the  first official Beach Clean Up Event.  Those who wanted to perform underwater clean up met up with Joao at Dive Zihua to select their gear.  The other participants arrived on the main pier with Jennifer and Miriam and we all came together to meet and discuss the plan for the day. 

People purchased t-shirts, bags and we got to have some wonderful tamales from La Cooperativa Eco Vegana  to get us on our way.

 

Joao and Miriam took 14 divers and beach crew out on the boat to Contramar beach, just outside of Zihua bay.  Jennifer took a beach crew of 7 people to Playa Principal, beginning at the pier.

Everyone worked hard to fill their bags on the beaches and under the water! 

We were lucky to be visited by reporters during our event and received articles in two different local papers.

We gathered together at the end to combine our collections and have a group photo and some delicious snacks donated by  La Tienda Organica .   A number of us went on to sort the trash and take an accounting of what had been collected.

It was a tiring morning, but we not only collected 20 bags of trash, we also learned quite a bit to help improve things for our next event.

With the help of an App, we did our best to count our collected items.

Type of Trash Collected

20 Bag Total

Toys

20

Plastic Bags

175

Food Wrappers

85

Containers (Plastic)

10

Containers (Foam)

315

Beverage Cans

115

Bottle Caps (Plastic)

1590

Bottles (Plastic)

525

Bottles (Glass)

25

Cups, Plates

40

Lids

50

Straws

680

Utensils

250

Plastic/Foam Pieces

2575

Personal Hygiene

55

Other Packaging

125

Other Trash

1585

Total Weight lbs.

310

We were lucky to have Erick Rams along as well, a local film maker who put together this nice video about our day:

Fuera plástico de la bahía

El 24 de septiembre Zihro Plastic y otras organizaciones, encabezaron una jornada de limpieza en algunas áreas de la Bahía de Zihuatanejo.

Posted by Erick Rams on Thursday, September 28, 2017

We are looking forward to our next scheduled event on November 19, 2017. Stay tuned for more information!

Special Thanks to Eco Tianguis Sanka  and The Azulita Project for their support, collaboration and inspiration!

Sep 24 – Underwater and Beach Clean Up Event Information

Divers should meet at Dive Zihuatanejo by 8:45 am to select and assist with equipment. All other participants meet at the main pier (Muelle Zihuatanejo) no later than 9:00 am. Depending on the crowd size, we will take everyone to Contramar or make a couple of trips if necessary. Divers will prepare to dive and beach crew will be delivered to the beach. We will provide all dive gear (and also snorkels for non divers) and bags for trash collection. Water and snacks will be available. A limited number of t-shirts, shopping bags and (we hope) sea glass bracelets will be for sale. T-shirts are $100 pesos. Shopping bags come in 3 sizes for $50, $60 or $70 pesos (set of 3 sizes for $160). Sea glass bracelets are $50. Donations toward gas, captain fees or general support are welcome!
 
Everyone will be returned to the pier by 2:00 pm.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you there for a day of good fun, good people, and good work!
 
Call Dive Zihua for further directions or with questions: 755 102 3738