World Ocean Day Cleanup with 1 Hotel
June 8, 2022
On June 8, 2022, SeaKeepers celebrated "World Oceans Day," a holiday that honors the life-sustaining force that the ocean is for humanity and reflects on how our lifestyles affect its health. This year we kicked off our World Ocean Day festivities by hosting a beach cleanup in collaboration with 1 Hotel South Beach on 24th Street beach. 1 Hotel’s operations align with our journey toward cleaner oceans by participating in recycling, composting, offering their guests sustainable options, and through architecture that blends with the surroundings of the coastal ecosystems surrounding it. Among other sustainable methods, 1 Hotel is actively pursuing its mission of fighting the climate crisis and facilitating guests’ connections to nature.
Forty-eight volunteers participated, which included community members and 1 Hotel faculty and staff, who came out in the evening to collect 92 pounds of trash from the sands and dunes of South Beach. Among the cigarette butts, bottle caps, and large amounts of discarded plastic water bottles from beachgoers, volunteers also found an iPad still in working condition. The iPad was left with hotel staff in hopes of finding the owner.
Thank you to 1 Hotel South Beach for collaborating with us to clean, and for providing an example to the industry of eco-friendly and sustainable operations.
CleanSwell is a trash collection mobile app developed by Ocean Conservancy and utilized by volunteers at each SeaKeepers cleanup. It allows participants to record the types and quantities of trash found during the event. Data from the CleanSwell app is included in a global database that scientists everywhere can access and provides a means of identifying pollution trends that are location specific.
Our mission at SeaKeepers begins with the foundation of research followed by the education of communities that empower them to protect and restore the surrounding coastal and marine environments. Using CleanSwell at our cleanups involves community members in the Ocean Conservancy’s pursuit of evidence based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and people that depend on it, as well as provides the data necessary for effective local legislation to be written accomplishing the SeaKeepers’ goal of protection and eventual restoration.
During this cleanup, 17% of volunteers participated and about 27% of the trash collected was accounted for on CleanSwell.