Support Ocean Cleaning Drone by Coastal Clean Up Vol. 2

This is our 2nd clean up events to support the crowdfunding project of the ocean cleaning drone under development by Azure Alliance.

Hola! Soy yo, Roger. What is the ocean cleaning drone? Why are we doing this?

To see that, you might want to read our previous news article here.

Maybe you roughly know that this is about now.

Maybe you even wonder why they designed the machine like this. Is this really efficient? Maybe you got some suggestions?

Let us know! info@umiguide.com

They are always happy to hear and exchange constructive opinions to further improve the machine.

Anyway, more than 70 volunteers got together this time and worked really hard!

Because the area we were looking to clean up was pretty clean (maybe someone had cleaned the area), we walked really far and still pulled a lot of trashes.

Abandoned fishing nets even had to be dragged by scooters.

Great job, everyone!

This beach is not crowded, does not look commercial, and is really beautiful.

However due to the strong seasonal wind coming from the north, there are always a lot of trashes here.

We will come back here after the rainy season in winter!

Support Ocean Cleaning Drone by Coastal Clean Up

We are now, by means of beach clean-up activities, helping promotion of the crowdfunding project of this ocean cleaning drone specialized in fishing ports.

This drone is in the development process by Azure Alliance, a Taiwanese non-profit organization.

In order to attack the plastic pollution issue especially in heavily polluted fishing ports, they spent 3 years to develop the prototype that successfully collected 528 kg of floating plastics in Keelung, Taiwan.

Now the prototype is evolving to the 2nd generation and therefore the crowdfunding project is under process!

One of the biggest keys in succeeding in crowdfunding projects is marketing.

The more people know about the project, the better success rate it can have.

As the project’s sponsors can receive gifts exclusively designed by one of our co-founders, a.k.a. Brain Ocean Studio, we decided to help the project further by means of coastal clean up events.

No matter how many people can join the events after all, the event pages are exposed to the public, especially of the right target audience.

We have planned 2 clean up events and today was the first one of them.

Today’s spot was a seaside park in Tainan, a city in southern Taiwan.

The park is a great spot to see the sunset, so lamentably we saw an unlimited amount of littered cigarettes…

Due to the oyster farm nearby, we also saw some abandoned equipment made of styrofoam.

As always, we met a lot of cool people, such as a university professor who brought his students (and they regularly clean the area!), a dad who brought his daughter and his son, a girl who travelled more than 300 km just for the event…!

Hope we all can support the development project of the cleaning drone!

Father’s Day Beach Clean Up

The August 8th is Father’s Day in Taiwan. We threw a clean up event on the next day for families to do something good together!

When we starting planning this event, we thought only few people would come because it was the weekend of the Father’s Day (which is very important for families in Taiwan!).

But we finally decided to do it under the title of “bring your dad to clean up”.

Then, we ended up having more than 70 volunteers and this time, we didn’t co-organize with any other group!

We arrived in the spot earlier to prepare the equipment, and then found a participant was already there. She joins clean ups regularly and this time she came all the way down to the city from 100 km away…!

Right after the event started, a family passed by and the kid told his dad, “let’s join the clean up”. And the dad responded, “you just have to reduce the amount of waste in your daily life”.

The kid still wanted to clean up and started cleaning with us.

We also met a family that was really brought by their daughter!

While mostly parents brought their kids, it was really grateful to know that a daughter brought the whole family…!

All the volunteers worked hard, separating recyclables and non-recyclables, and we saw the beautiful ocean view without trashes in the end!

The Hardest Clean Up Ever!

More than 100 volunteers cleaned up a super rocky coast full of trashes today. Look at this human chain…!

Hi Roger here. I’m in charge on clean up activities. Today we took part of a big clean up event in north Taiwan.

Several volunteer groups got together this time and we were one of them.

When we hear “coastal clean up”, a lot of people may imagine picking up trashes on the beach.

However today, it was a super rocky coast.

Now in Taiwan, a lot of groups organize clean up events but most of them are cleaning beaches because it’s safe for everyone, often including kids and elderlies.

Therefore, coasts with rocks are often left uncleaned and remain full of trashes.

This time, we decided to attach one of such spots with other groups, even with help from the Coast Guard.

Luckily the weather was perfect. I couldn’t imagine cleaning up this spot when it’s rainy…

But, it means it’s super hot! The outdoor temperature was nearly 40 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit).

Thanks to more than 100 volunteers who attended despite the heat, we managed to pull more than 500 kg of coastal trashes!

Most of them were plastic bottles and fishery waste.

Due to the rocky path and the distance from the road that waste collection trucks can reach, we transported trashes by the human chain method.

Some tourists were staring at us with disgusted faces because of the bad smell of trashes, but who cares, we were just collecting back what we humans produced no matter where the trashes came from.

What a fulfilling ending of the week of World Oceans Day 2020!