Batu Ferringhi, Penang, 2nd June 2022 – Prior to the success of Beach Clean-Up in Kuantan last March 2022, Lush Malaysia expanded its efforts and collaborated with Shangri-La Rasa Sayang and Shangri-La Golden Sands, Penang for another Beach Clean-Up Campaign over the coast of Batu Ferringhi, Pulau Pinang. This campaign aimed to help clean the coast and also bring people face-to-face with the reality of plastic pollution. We had over 75 volunteers and influencers (Koe Yeet, Esther Zhen, Jayce Tay, Fiza Saad and Phyllis, Buro Malaysia) who joined us hand in hand for this campaign. Among the volunteers that came down with us for this effort were students from MSU College, Penang. Without them, this campaign would not be successful and we sincerely thank everyone who came.
Throughout the campaign, a total of 965pcs of trash was collected, which sums up to a total of 47kg. Among the items that were collected were straws, plastic containers and bottles, water bottles and cigarette butts. These are the trash that were thrown by humans that came to visit the beach. It is not just the litter left on the beach that ends up in the ocean – it blows out of landfills, down drains and rivers and travels out to sea. Once it is in our oceans, it harms and kills sea creatures, who get caught in thrown plastic containers and bottles, or mistaken it for food, therefore destroying the marine lives.
We believe that taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility. We should all work together in reducing wastes on the beach. Each piece of trash that was collected by the beach is one less piece of litter that doesn’t wind up in the sea. Beach cleanups make a significant impact on the environment so it should start from us. Therefore, let us all be civilised and pick up our own trash.