Pulse Up, Waste Down.
Runners and walkers, join us every week
at locations across Australia for a fit and fun 30 minute cleanup to have fun and protect our marine environment. Then stick around afterward to help sort out recyclables and collect data on our haul for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
Most marine debris on our beaches across Australia we find is plastic, which is made from oil.
Plastic is, by it's very nature, durable and hardy and does not break down for hundreds of years. When it does disintegrate, it does so very slowly (it photo-degrades) into smaller and smaller plastic pieces which fish, birds, and other marine life easily mistake for food, severely disrupting the ocean food chain and posing serious entanglement hazards for all sea life. There are now five swirling continental gyres of plastic fragments in our oceans across the world.. something needs to be done.
Over hundreds of weekly cleanups since September 2012, Responsible Runners have picked up over 21 tonnes of rubbish, including over 200,000 cigarette butts and tens of thousands of recyclable drink containers, plastic straws, bottle caps, cutlery, and heaps more. This is only the beginning. We must all work together by saying NO to disposable plastic bags, bottles, and packaging to foster a culture of reuse. Only by prioritising long-term sustainability over short-term convenience - starting with each and every one of us - will we truly begin addressing the problem of plastic pollution in our ocean.
FIND YOUR LOCAL CLEAN UP!
The Australian coastal region is world-class, let's keep it that way!
Find a clean-up near you.