Going back to a plastics-free ocean

Project background

‘Marcha atrás … por un mar sin plástico’ campaña

‘Going back to a plastics free ocean’ campaign

with Grupo Eco Cultural Organizado (GECO)

In response to the need for action, GECO aims to promote a culture of responsible plastic use across the island of San Cristobal. For the first phase of the project, we hope to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags in local shopping purchases by 50%, decrease rubbish on streets and around schools by 25% and better inform local leaders on improved collection, composting and recycling processes.

To help promote and sustain the campaign, GECO have organised a young group of students as ‘Agents of Change’ who are successfully empowering local communities to act. Through education and art activities, they have designed wooden signs to be placed in strategic places throughout the community, promoted reusable bags in key tourist accommodation areas and designed handicrafts to drive the plastic pledge promise across the island.

GECO © Jose Guerrero

Educating and empowering young people is key to the GECO campaign © Jose Guerrero

Empowering children and students to determine change in the community is an integral part of the campaign.

Please help us to continue this work into 2018 by supporting our plastic appeal and sharing your tips for reducing plastic use on social media using the hashtags #InspiringConservation or #PlasticPollution – don’t forget to tag us! Thank you!

In 2017, this work has been kindly supported by Sculpt the Future Foundation.