Strawflower: This is the next ingenious trend for the environment
April 2, 2019 by Nadja Ayoub Categories: Environmental Protection
Plastic waste in the oceans is one of the biggest environmental problems of our time. With “Strawbling” every single person can do something about it. A group of Australian activists shows how it’s done.
The term “Strawbling” is composed of the English words “snorkelling” and “straw” – snorkeling and straw. The principle is simple: it is about picking up plastic garbage while snorkeling or diving.
The idea comes from the Australian organization “Operation Straw”. Members of the organization meet regularly at Manly Cove Bay in Sydney to dive for garbage. Since they find a lot of straws, they call their diving actions “Strawbling”.
Strawbling is worth it
Equipped with swimming goggles, snorkels and fins, the activists are looking for plastic. In a video, it becomes clear how far the plastic garbage has already penetrated into the local ecosystems: One sees a squid clinging to a straw and no longer wanting to let it go:
Over the summer, Operation Straw collected more than 2,500 straws in Sydney Bay, Reuters reported. The regular strawflower seems to be worthwhile: in the meantime the group finds less plastic there.
Strawflower becomes the new plogging?
Of course Strawkling is not really new: Many volunteers, clubs or projects have been collecting rubbish from beaches or from the sea for a long time. But because this engagement now has a hashtag-eligible name, it can become a social media trend – inspiring many more people.
That works, for example, shows the “plogging” trend from Sweden. The term consists of the Swedish word “plocka” (collect, search or cancel) and “jogging” together. During plogging, joggers collect garbage during their run.
The trend started in Sweden and quickly became popular in many other countries. From an originally small action became an international movement. Like the #Trashtag Challenge, thanks to which people collected garbage worldwide. Hopefully, Strawkling will be just as successful. In summer, many go swimming in lakes or in the sea – why not dive for garbage at the same time? (By the way: This should not be a call for a summer vacation at the sea with air travel.) Also with us there is enough to do!)
We need to rethink our approach to plastic
However, strawflower alone will not solve the plastic problem in the sea. The United Nations estimates that eight million tonnes of plastic waste end up in the sea each year. And our local rivers are already full of plastic. In order not to burden the waters even further, we should therefore do one thing above all else: produce and use less plastic. How to banish plastic from your everyday life:
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