US Ambassador to Thailand, Glyn Davies

Phuket’s biggest beach clean up is on this weekend with hotels around the island hosting many of the beach cleaning efforts along with locals and expats. You’re invited.

Keep Phuket Clean “ภูเก็ตสวยด้วยมือและใจเรา” has been initiated by the Phuket Hotels Association’s Environmental & Sustainability Working Group members and supported by Phuket’s Governor and TAT Phuket: Tourism Authority of Thailand, Phuket Office.

Hotel members are championing a beach each and will sponsor cleaning supplies and some light refreshments on the day.

The commemoration of this event will take place on Karon Beach at 9am with the opening by the Phuket Governor Plodthong and President of the Phuket Hotels Association, Anthony Lark.

Every year thousands of tons of garbage winds up in the oceans, with 60% of that being composed of plastic material. Plastics, especially, last a very long time in the ocean, and are in such abundance that there are 46,000 individual pieces of plastic litter for every square mile of ocean.

Plastics are very hazardous to marine life, killing more than a million birds and over 100,000 seals, turtles, and whales, and an immense number of fish in our ocean.

Coastal Cleanup Days encourage us all to get out to our beaches and help to limit this problem by cleaning up the garbage that has washed up on shore.

The bi-weekly beach cleaning warriors, the Clean the Beach Boot Camp, are hosting their beach clean on Kata Beach from 9.45am. The team have been cleaning different Phuket beaches every two weeks for four years. This weekend’s CBBC is being supported by Kata Sea Breeze.

For information about the weekend’s beach clean click HERE.

- Tanutam Thawan