The inaugural Ocean Lovers Festival took place over the weekend, transforming Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach into an environment lovers’ sanctuary. Festival-goers engaged in a range of ocean conservation and sustainable living activities, including Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean-Up, Marina DeBris Trashion Show, Eco markets, and John Dahlsen’s Waste No More Art Exhibition.
The Ocean Lovers festival welcomed guests from across NSW over the four days, which sought to empower visitors to create active change and help protect Australia’s beautiful beaches and oceans.
Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean Up
The beach clean-up, which took place on Saturday 13 April, gave Sydney-siders the chance to get amongst the action and do their part in keeping our beloved beaches clean. 160 people took part with the attendees receiving eco-friendly Tote bags courtesy of TOMRA and Take 3 for the Sea.
Over the course of one hour, the beach clean-up participants collected plastic bottles, plastic bags, cigarette butts, aluminium cans, microplastics, and even a hubcap. Participants searched through the beach, in the parks, in the garden beds and in the water and found that much of the litter was hidden away and out of view. Environmentalist, Tim Silverwood joined the beach clean-up, taking participants through the rubbish collected and ways of responsibly disposing of the waste.
Tim Silverwood from Take 3 says: “There’s a genuine movement sweeping across the globe. More and more people are participating in activities to clean our planet, prevent plastic pollution and drive the circular economy. It was great to see hundreds of people gather on Saturday for Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean Up! Even though Australia’s beaches may look clean from afar, look closely and you’ll see they’re far from clean.”.
TOMRA Australia President Ryan Buzzell said, “We are proud to have collaborated with Take 3 and supported Bondi’s Biggest Beach Clean-up. It’s our mission to lead the resource revolution and keep our planet clean, by focusing on recycling for sustainability. Events like this help to raise awareness on how much waste there is around us and how small efforts can go a long way.”
Marina DeBris Trashion Show
One of the amazing highlights was the ‘Trashion Parade’ by exceptional aritivist (activist/artist) Marina DeBris. Marina transformed garbage found in the ocean or washed up on the beach into intricately constructed garments, each with it’s own message about the importance of recycling.
Much of Marina’s work is made out of materials she herself collects from beaches, both from Sydney and Los Angeles, and uses the pieces to highlight the issue of our consumption and where it ends up. These pieces are a haunting reminder of our litter habits.
We were very proud to sponsor the Trashion Parade. You can check out more of Marina DeBris and her works in our special TOMRA Presents Film.
The Ocean Lovers Festival Eco markets showcased innovative ocean loving products and projects. With the soothing sounds of Bondi Beach Radio in the background and sustainable stories presented in the speakers corner.
Featuring the Volvo electric car, a journey through the Take 3 waste maze, and attempts on the TOMRA Loop Game TOMRA, and much more!
John Dahlsen’s “Waste No More” Art Exhibition
Ocean Lover attendees also had the opportunity to view Australian environmental artist, John Dahlsen’s works at his ‘Waste No More’ exhibition, sponsored by TOMRA, at the Bondi Pavilion Gallery. The exhibition showcased a range of artworks created from plastics and waste collected at the beach.
His work illustrates our throw-away society and the impact on the environment, presented in a hauntingly beautiful media.
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