On Sunday 7th March, Aussies all over the country will be taking part in Clean Up Australia Day 2021.
How will you participate? And what else can you do to conserve our fragile environment? Find out right here...
What’s the history behind Clean Up Australia Day?
Clean Up Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 1989. For more than 30 years, Australians from all over gather on this day to clean up rubbish from local parks, beaches, rivers, and communities.
The outcomes translate into pretty impressive statistics:
- 18.3 million Aussies have donated their time to Clean Up Australia Day
- 36 million hours of time has been spent participating in various activities and events
- 380,000 tonnes of rubbish has been collected removed!
What can you do to participate in Clean Up Australia Day?
You can either join an exciting event or create your own - so gather up some friends and head to your local park or beach to participate!
Of course, during this time it’s important that you adhere to social distancing rules. That means creating smaller gatherings that adhere to the rules, and spread the word on social media.
Join an event
Browse thousands of events Australia-wide and find one that’s close to you. Be sure to check the details and find out if bags and gloves are supplied, or if you’ll need to bring along your own.
Now, gather some friends and spread the word. You can also donate to your chosen event.
Create an event
Can’t find an event close to you? Want to create your own? Awesome!
The best part about creating your own event is that it can take place on any day of the year.
Create an event in three easy steps:
1) Pick your location
You can choose any spot near you. That could be the local beach, your favourite park, or any type of bushland. Just make sure the area is safe to access. Don’t forget, you’ll need to ensure you take rubbish home with you at the end.
2) Register online
Fill in a simple form to register your event online. We’ll send you a registration kit in the mail.
3) Tell your friends
Now’s the time to spread the word: tell your friends, family members, and work colleagues, and share to your heart’s content on social media.
Encourage friends to attend and for those who cannot, they can still participate by donating to your event online.
Who knows, this might kick off a monthly beach clean where you and your mates can catch up, get active, and do something great for the planet.
Are you a school or business?
Good news - you can join the movement, too. Businesses can also become a supporter or partner, while schools can participate in Schools Clean Up Day on Friday, 5th March.
Instil good habits in our future generations and teach kids about the importance of protecting our environment.
What eco-friendly choices can you make to protect the environment?
Of course, Clean Up Australia Day is not just a day of the year; it’s a movement.
And we can all do our part to make small changes that truly make a big difference. What small changes can you make in your day-to-day life? You could…
Say no to plastic bottles
Instead, choose a reusable (and may we add, stylish) drink bottle that goes everywhere you do.
Make ethical clothing purchases
Take the time to look into the detrimental effects of fast fashion. Instead, explore the ‘circular’ economy and discover local brands and products made with love.
Additionally, head to your local op shops to hunt for hidden gems (at a fraction of the price, too).
Choose a reef-friendly sunscreen
We all know how important it is to wear sunscreen daily, particularly during long summer days at the beach. But did you know that some cheap sunscreen brands contain chemicals that can be causing harm to our coral reefs?
Wash in cold water
As often as possible, try using the cold cycle on your washing machine.
Not only will you save water, but energy and money, too. Additionally, skip the dryer and instead air-dry your clothes.
Ever stopped to notice how many cars are filled with just one person when you’re driving to work?
If you can, organise a carpool to the office and chat with parents to see how you can economise the school pick-up and drop-off.
Start the conversation
We can’t protect our planet single handedly - so speak with friends and family to not only spark the conversation, but help you see tactics that others implement in their day-to-day, and how you could take their ideas on board too.
It’s these combined efforts that really make a difference!
What other small changes have you made in your life to protect our environment? We’d love to hear. Head over to our Instagram and share your favourite tips.