Cleaning up the lagoon in Elmas – 5 June 2021

This year we decided to mark the World Environment Day by organizing a cleanup along the lagoon in Elmas, a small town near Cagliari. We were invited to collaborate by the local organization Fierogatto which volunteers take care of the stray cats living in the area. We were pleased to see several local organizations and schools join the forces with us, among which the local scout team, Pro Loco Elmas, fishermen and the residents of the town that also hosts the biggest Sardinian airport.

In two hours we collected around half a tonne of waste – including plastic, glass and aluminium, car tyres, an office chair, broken plastic garden furniture and such. Yet again, we discovered a place that instead of being protected for its beauty and importance as a habitat for many birds and a fishing site, is sometimes treated as a dumpsite. The positive thing though is the number of participants – more than fifty people joined us to make a difference and send an important message about environment and animal protection to those less sensitive.

5 GIUGNO 2021 – Pulizia della laguna di Santa Gilla – Elmas

Il 5 giugno 2021, in occasione della giornata mondiale dell’ambiente Clean Coast Sardinia in collaborazione con l’associazione Fierogatto e il Comune di Elmas sta organizando la pulizia della laguna.

L’evento e’ aperto a tutti.

Ore 9.00 – raduno in Piazza Giliacquas
– mascherina
– scarpe adatte, possibilmente stivali
– guanti fai da te

Si consiglia copricapo, crema solare e acqua.Verrano fornite le buste per la raccolta differenziata dei rifiuti. Inizio pulizia: 9.45, fine: ore 12.00

Non mancate! 🙂

CCS: Terra Mala cleanup – May 2021

The pandemic made it both complicated and risky to organise clean-up. However, taking all the necessary safety measures and limiting the clean-ups to the local areas, we managed to organise several beach cleanup events in 2021, the second year of the covid emergency.

One of such events was the Terra Mala clean-up. Terra Mala is one of the locations along the shore in the Quartu Sant’Elena municipality, which boasts 26 kilometres of the Sardinian coast.

On the hot morning of May 6, 2021 around 30 volunteers cleaned part of this coast, collecting 20 bags of waste. Apart from plastic waste, other potentially harmful and toxic waste was removed from the environment, including rusty bicycle frame and two car batteries.

What are the 6 “R” of sustainability?

By Bikram Singh, the ambassador of Clean Coast Sardinia with the Erasmus+ program

Reduce: Reduce your waste through different means; pack your lunch, reusable non-disposable, learn to compost, biodegradable options, refillable options, store food without using plastic, eat more whole foods and package-free options, buy second-hand products, shop ethical brands, reusable bags. This will help to protect valuable resources. Manufacturers can design products that need less packaging during transportation, less energy to manufacture, and fewer materials in their products. While transporting the products straight to the customers can reduce carbon emission, too.

Refuse:The consumers have the right to refuse to accept unethical or wasteful designs, use cloth rags or napkins rather than paper. Strictly refuse the things that you think are not appropriate to use such as plastic straws for drinks. Do not buy fruit that are packed in plastic or wrapped because they are already naturally covered. Also, some fresh vegetables do not need unnecessary packaging. Refuse it when the supermarkets ask you to take a plastic bag. Take your bags in this case.

Repair: Repairs the products that are broken or damaged rather than replace them. Save your money for something good. Do not throw them away the things instead think about giving them another life. Try to fix and mend it. Use the product properly and worry less about it. This will help extend the product’s life.

Recycle:Recycle the materials that are already used. Use the parts again in a different way such for decoration, paint it and keep in the garden, etc. This saves natural resources and stops material from being wasted. A few examples of recycling include making drainage pipes and clothes from plastic bottles, aluminium cans are melted down to make new products, etc.

Re-use: Re-use the products. Reuse the items you already have. If you do not need then donate them. Make someone happy. This lowers the material waste. It also lowers energy consumption as no machines are used to reprocess any material. For example, a broken clay pot can be used as a flower vase or for any sort of decorative purposes. So as for the plastic bags and carrier bags, which can be used for many daily things. Another example, taking the screws off a broken product and using them in a new product.

Re-think: Re-think our attitude to our environmental impacts. An example would be piazza cardboard or the fast-food trays, are waste of products as it requires more energy and money to recycle. One could ask himself/herself “Do I need to replace my mobile phone every year?” – No, you do not have to if it works efficiently and accurately.

The manufacturers and designers need to consider these 6Rs into account when designing new products. Most of us are familiar with 3R but only a few of 6Rs. Always look for items that are recycled, recyclable, reliable, repairable, refillable, and reusable. Consumers could question themselves before making any purchases:

  1. Reduce – do we need all these things? Can we simplify? Or should we not buy?
  2. Re-use – Which things can I use again? Does it have another valuable use? Be creative.
  3. Repair – Is it easy to repair and continue to use? Give it a try.
  4. Rethink – How can it do the job better? Is there a better way to reduce environmental damage?
  5. Refuse – Is it necessary? Will it last?
  6. Recycle – How easy is it to take apart? How can the parts be used again? Are the products recycled?

Cigarette butts at the Poetto beach – case study

Bikram Singh, Earth and Environmental Sciences student from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany and Clean Coast Sardinia ambassador thanks to the Erasmus+ program, during his stay with us completed a Marine Litter course organised by UN Environment Programme together with Open Universiteit in the Netherlands.

In his assignment, he decided to focus on the problem of the presence of the cigarette butts at Poetto, a long stretch of sandy beach that belongs to two biggest municipalities on the island, Cagliari and Quartu Sant’Elena. You can read his research here.

International Coastal Cleanup Day 2019 – the cigarette butts collected from the Poetto Beach, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy