Wowza. Who would’ve thought spending 10 days picking up trash could turn into one of the most phenomenal weeks of your life. 10 days, 12 beautiful, inspiring humans, and an absolute shit tonne of rubbish. On location in Cape York Queensland with Clean Coast Collective at Chilli Beach, one of the remotest stretches of sands in Australia.
A two day drive from Cairns through vast, varying landscapes and red dirt tracks, the Cape can be hailed as a bit of a tropical paradise with its palm tree laden shores and white sands. Unfortunately, it’s not quite what you imagine. With the Eastern Pacific circling down from our Indo neighbours, this section of the coast accumulates a whopping amount of marine debris, the majority being plastic.
In 6.7 kilometres of beach we managed to collect 7 tonnes of trash. 7 tonnes. How is that even fathomable? The amount of plastic in our oceans is a serious issue, and one that’s not going to be a quick fix when one piece can last 50,000 lifetimes longer than our own short stint on this Earth. Every piece of plastic that you don’t use, whether that’s taking a keep cup down to your local cafe instead of using a takeaway, or stylin with your super groovy hand-stitched Boomerang bag instead of a monotonous plastic one, really does make a difference.
It’s extremely inspiring to see individuals and small groups of people like Heidi Taylor, co founder of Tangaroa Blue and Nat & Dan from Clean Coast Collective who go out of their way to tackle the plastic pollution issue, whilst inspiring others to do the same. Their efforts aim to change individuals way of thinking and the movement of contemporary society into a serious domino effect. These beautiful people are just a few of the movers and shakers of the modern day man.
Clean Coast Collective came about after Nat Woods and Dan Smith travelled and meandered their way around Aus, in a troopy, for 7 months. They were completely baffled by the amount of plastic nestled throughout some of Australia’s remotest beaches and oceans. It bothered them so much that they created a consumer movement stopping plastic at the source. The best part - all profits go directly towards funding clean up expeditions like this 10 day Cape York trip. And what a good time it was. I seriously cannot express how much respect and admiration I have for my fellow Trash Tribers. When you’re thrown into a small bell tent with eleven other people, you can only be thankful that they are extremely like-minded, kind-hearted souls with incredible stories. Hats off to all these beautiful people doing great things, and playing their part.
Cold beers, a sinking sun and insanely good vibes after 10 wholesome days spent on the Cape. Chilli Beach Trash Tribe 2017. Cheeeeers to that | Cape York, Australia