Ocean Minded has hosted several international beach clean ups throughout the summer in a continued effort to protect beaches worldwide; however, on August 12th the company hosted its first ever beach clean up in Japan.
“I am so proud to see such a successful beach clean up in Japan! It was my dream in 1996 to clean beaches all over the world and make a difference in our planet,” said Gary Ward, Ocean Minded’s founder.
Over 30 participants worked together to clean up Yoigahama Beach, a popular windsurfing and swimming destination in Japan. The clean up took place the morning after the Kamakura Hanabi Taikai Fireworks Display at Yuigahama Beach, where over 2,900 fireworks were shot, leaving plenty of debris for the group to clean up. Within an hour the group was able to gather and properly dispose of more than 30 bags of trash weighing over 70 pounds.
“To see how much trash has cleared from our beaches since our first clean up is very powerful. Over the last twelve years there have been countless Ocean Minded beach clean ups and the impact they are having internationally is phenomenal,” said Ward.
Prior to the Japan clean-up, Ocean Minded’s continued efforts to clean and protect beaches and oceans around the globe took them to Panama where they hosted their first-ever beach clean up on Malibu Beach on Sunday August 10th.
For several hours more than 60 people with cleaning supplies in hand combed the beach to collect and proberly dispose of all the trash that had been left on the beach. In several hours, the group was able to amass over 75 bags of trash and 5 bags of recyclable materials, leaving the beach debris free.
“It is amazing to see how much trash is being picked up on the beaches all over the world. I want to say thank you to all the people in Panama that took time to come out and help clean the beach,” said Ward. “It’s exciting to see all of the clean-ups we are hosting around the world, this year. They are really showing us what a large impact we can make and just how powerful it is to be ‘Ocean Minded’ on a global level.”