Ever thought that a used coffee cup or burger box would be worth something? Well, at the Seaside Scavenge they are.
On the 13th January 2018 from 10am-2pm, Seaside Scavenge is hitting St Kilda Beach for the first time. Seaside Scavenge is a waterway cleanup and clothes swap event where the litter collected becomes the currency to purchase quality pre-loved clothes, as well as books, toys and more, which has been donated by the local community.
Participants in the Scavenge clean-up will be rewarded for every 10 pieces they collect, with a token used as the currency in the pop-up seaside market. City of Port Phillip, as well as many local businesses such as The Leaf Store, iHana Yoga and Happy Glamper, have donated prizes for participants that collect the most litter, most butts and the weirdest items. You can find out more prize details on the Facebook page.
Seaside Scavenge has grown from a community initiative at Coogee Beach, Sydney. Since March 2015, 26 successful events have taken place between Mornington Peninsula and Magnetic Island attracting over 2,200 people to collect more than 4,500kg of litter and 60,000 cigarette butts, as well as the redistribution of over 3,300kg of pre-loved goods.
The Scavenge is about having fun while doing something good for the oceans. It's a great way to connect people in the community with the issue of marine debris pollution while working together in a light-hearted way to tackle the problem.
There are 8-13 million tonnes of rubbish dumped annually into the ocean and most of this comes from land-based sources. There will be a number of speakers, musicians and upcycling workshops throughout the day promoting plastic-free lifestyle alternatives and marine debris pollution awareness.
In Australia, 1 billion coffee cups end up in landfill every year. Seaside Scavenge also offers local businesses the opportunity to take the Plastic-Free Pledge on the day which commits them to avoiding single-use items like straws, cups, food containers, bottles and plastic bag and some even offer a 50c discount for take-away customers with their own mugs. A spread of local St Kilda Cafés have already taken the pledge.
Founder and Director, Anna Jane Linke says that "Every 10 minutes, Australians send 6 tonnes of textiles to landfill. By hosting a pop-up seaside market full of pre-loved goods donated by the wider St Kilda community, we want to encourage people to look beyond the price tag and go second-hand".
For participants to earn their litter currency, they must separate and sort the litter collected into recyclables and non-recyclables. Then it must be recorded so that the data can contribute to the Australia Marine Debris Database managed by Tangaroa Blue.
If you have any quality preloved goods clothes, books, accessories, shoes etc. that you would like to donate for this pop-up market, you can place all quality items in a labelled box 'Seaside Scavenge' at the Port Phillip Eco Centre between the 3rd-10th January from 9am-5pm (ring them on (03) 9534 0670 to check that someone is at the office before you head in)
What an imaginative way to involve prople in a clean up and a terrific family outing. Not only are you teaching the children to clean up but the reward tokens also teach them about earning from ther effort.