In total 5 water filters have been given out to different families in Mahahual, Mexico. The families were supplied with these water filters for helping in the annual beach clean up. An estimated 1547.7kg of plastic was collected over the 24day period.
Plastic bottles are a problem and Mahahual is no exception to this. Unfortunately not all plastic bottles get recycled and can end up in a dump or on the beach all over the world.
Water filters were given out not only to reduce the amount of plastic bottles but to contribute to the families economy as they will not have to spend money on buying clean water. The filter cleans water from the tap but also rain water. The water filters have the ability to filter 150,000 liters of water.
September 24th is Moving Planet Day. To highlight the message of this day to move beyond fossil fuels GVI Staff and Volunteers in Mexico made a video to highlight some of the ways we can reduce our footprint on the planet.
We are very happy to say the first filters have now been distributed in the community and are actively being used. The families who received them worked very hard in the beach clean to collect lots of waste plastic and they were very happy when they received the filters. Community buy in is an essential part of the project, by bringing the community together like this the issue is highlighted and people are keen to work together to improve things.
The filters are much better for the environment by reducing waste plastic but they are also help reduce costs, boosting the families economy.
Everyone is keen to participate more in the initiative and to do more for the environment and they are now getting organised to create a recycling centre in town.
Despite the wind and the rain, the people of Mahahual teamed up with the GVI Mexico staff on the 25th September to mark Project Aware Day and remove rubbish from the town’s beaches. As part of the SUSTENTA campaign families of the town started to collect rubbish and plastic bottles from the 4th September. One little boy alone managed to fill 40 bags!
The amount of rubbish collected during September was immense, let alone the 2 tons they collected in only 3 hours on the 25th! A day well spent! The Activities finished with a ceremony to award the winning teams (ones with the most rubbish) with a water filter.
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