Around the Mediterranean it is a custom to welcome the summer by celebrating the Night of San Juan on the beach together with family and friends.
From as long as can be remembered, purification, represented by candles and bonfires, has been the fundamental value of this night. However nowadays, due to the use of single use products such as plastic utensils, take away containers and drinking bottles, our beaches end up littered with tons and tons of man made rubbish. Very commonly the waste that is produced during the celebration ends up in the sea where it severly affects marine life.
The San Juan #zerowaste initiative aims to bring back the true meaning of the celebration while putting a stop to plastic pollution and its negative consequences. We want to show that this night can be celebrated without polluting our beaches!
To do this we are now looking for Ambassadors from all around the island who would like to join forces with us by organizing a waste free San Juan night on their local beach. Anyone can sign up to be an ambassador; individuals, families, groups of friends, companies, neighbourhood associations, NGO’s etc.
And it’s all very simple: As an ambassador you will invite people from your local community to celebrate Night of San Juan without using single-use items. If you wish, you can also organize some fun activity, competition or a small beach clean.
Through this website we will provide all ambassadors with posters, marketing materials, guidelines, infographics and suggestions for a magic yet waste free Night of San Juan!
Plastic is not biodegradable. Over time, it only breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces yet its chemical composition remains the same.
Plastic is already polluting all our seas. In the enormous oceanic gyres, there are now more plastic fragments than plankton, which is the foundation of all life in the sea.
The millions of animals that are killed by plastic all over the world suffer a cruel and agonizing death through ingestion, toxicity, suffocation or entanglement.
Some of the additives used in the production of plastic products have been associated with disorders and diseases that can affect humans, even fetuses and newborn babies.
Become a part of the solution
IT’S JUST A MATTER OF AWARENESS
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“Every second, more than 200 kilos of plastic reach the oceans.”
“It’s estimated that each year, 9.1 milliones of tonnes of plastic make their way from land based sources into the oceans.”
«5 billion plastic particles float on the sea surface. The Mediterranean accumulates around 1,455 tonnes of plastic on its surface.”
«70% of plastic accumulates on the sea bed, meaning that the waste that is visible to us is only the tip of the iceberg.”
«100% of sand samples from beaches around the world are contaminated by microplastics, tiny toxic particles that are mixed up with the sand.”
«It is estimated that each year, plastic kills one million seabirds and more than 100,000 marine mammals and turtles.”
“A study shows that plastic made up between 42% and 80% of the items ingested by fish collected in different areas of Mallorca and Ibiza.”
«In Spain, up to 50 million plastic beverage containers are placed on the market every day»
«In Spain, 5,000 million water bottles are used every year. Worldwide the number rises to around 89,000 million of water bottles yearly.”
«Each European citizen uses about 238 plastic bags per year. Each bag takes hundreds of years to begin to degrade, and the degradation process takes at least another 400 years.”
“In the US only, 500 millones straws are used each day.”
“Cigarette butts are one of the most littered items in the world. Each year, 4,950,000 million cigarette butts end up in the environment. One single cigarette butt can contaminate 7 liters of water in one hour.“
I want to become an ambassador on my beach!
HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
We’re making it simple!
We’ll provide you with all the necessary materials to organise and promote an event on your beach, including a guidebook with ideas and inspiration for fun activities. You can make the event as simple or as big as you wish; it’s up to you! Count on our support each step of the way!
– Poster template here
– Banner template here
– Event for sharing here
– Conditions of the collaborators here
– Event guide here