Thursday, 12 July 2018

Trash Hero Lanta Teaching the Young of Koh Lanta

Trash Hero's Regular Beach Clean Up
Green Season is a tough time of year on Koh Lanta, not only because the weather can be anywhere from really hot and sunny to very, very wet, but also because we get a lot of rubbish washed onto our beaches as the wind changes.

Trash Hero Bottle
We are luckily enough to have a wonderful, charity organisation, called 'Trash Hero Lanta' who ask tourists and locals to help them clean the beaches and recycle what they can. They did a tremedous job last week, having beach clean ups in Kantiang Bay (with the Lanta Police force), Long Beach (with 7/11 staff), Klong Dao (with local hotels) and Secret Beach (with the kids of Lanta). We love and admire the work they do and are a happy sponsor of some of these events and we even provide light refreshments for the volunteers at some of these events.

Volunteers offered a beer after their hard work
However they don't want to just stop there, they want to REDUCE the rubbish getting into the seas, get people to RECYCLE as much as possible and get people to REFUSE single use products, such as plastic straws, plastic bags and plastic bottles. So they have created reusable straws (and supply paper ones), reusable bags and the Trash Hero Bottle. This bottle can be used repeatedly and in many places they will refill it with water for free!

Chai Explaining the Trash Hero Ideals to the Kids
But they also know that if you want to solve this problem long term, you have to start with the young and they have been educating the children on the island about the problem and asking them to REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE. But now they have gone a step further, In April, Shaan & Jeevan's Eco-Farm and The Kids Book Club crowdfunded for 200 Trash Hero bottles to try and make the local village school in Langsod go "Plastic Bottle Free."
Aruna Handing Each Child a Trash Hero Bottle

On Wednesday, 11th July 2018, Langsod school that dream became a reality and became the first school on the islands of Koh Lanta to become a Trash Hero School and gave all the teachers and kids their very own Trash Hero bottle.
Langsod School Children and Teachers with their new Trash Hero Bottles

Well done to Trash Hero, Shaan & Jeevan's Eco-Farm, The Kids Book Club  and the many sponsors of this event, for this great step forward. Educating the young of our island about waste is so important for the future of the island. 
The Kids Lining up for their Trash Hero Bottles

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