Why? It's Timeless. and It's Time to do our part to help Green the Bay by 2020 - Koh Phangan, Thailand
(please note this Campaign is in Canadian dollars - Thanks for your generosity!)
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”. Margaret Mead
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
Photo from Andrei Jeweli | #lessplasticmorefantastic
OUR MISSION - Why are we having this conversation:
Thanks so much for being a part of this project, just by clicking in curiosity you are beginning to show your support.
We are blessed to call this magical paradise our home, even if we only spend a week a year here, here and there. It’s time for us to unite, connect and co-create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
Our primary mission is to help love and green the bays by helping to inspire, educate and empower community members, tourists, and businesses to create more ecologically responsible consumer choices.
Contribution Potential / Costs at a Glance:
$25 USD X 6 - Biodegradable Takeaway contrainer starter kits
$75 USD x 9/year - 1 time clearing of the labyrinth and supplies
$65 USD x 8- 3000 bamboo paper straws
$100 USD x 6 - 1 community recycling bin (we are hoping to start with 6)
$100 USD -x 6 1000 bio plastic bags (we are hoping to order 6 to offer businesses here their starter pack)
$200 USD x 6 - 1 water filtration system and set up - (we are hoping to start with 6)
How you can help:
You can help by donating some money and/or sharing the message to others who this community has touched. You can also simply start to make better consumer choices to help eliminate your personal contribution to the plastic trail:
Created by Gabriela Moriarty | These are all products sold here on the Bay.
Our Plan & Milestones:
Since first meeting with core long-term community members in August 2019, we are are already celebrating many many wins aligned within a compassionate but effective timeline.
Phase 1 - by the end of December 2019
Our mission: Help support businesses here on the bays of Haad Yuan, Haad Thien & Haad Whynam to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of single-use plastics and replace with more sustainable yet profitable and simple to implement alternatives. Weekly beach clean-ups.
Milestones we're celebrating s far:
Straws- 7000 bamboo paper straws have been gratefully received and implemented at: Bamboo Huts, Eden, Big Blue, Barcelona, Pariya, Guys Bar.
De-compositable Take-away Containers - Starter kits have been purchased and are now being distributed to the businesses that have yet to make this shift.
Party Cups - Still in R & D phase for the best, most eco and profitable solution
Plastic Bags - We are working on ordering plant-based-plastic decomposable bags in January to offer the shops and restaurants for take-away.
Weekly Beach Clean-up - Fridays 2-3:30 PM - ALL WELCOME - meet at Bamboo Huts for a beach clean-up. There are gloves, biodegradable bags, and a free Yoga class reward if you like. Horizon has done a wonderful job of cleaning up their massive rubbish pile. Other clean-ups around the bay are necessary. We love initiative!
Phase 2 - Free the Flow & Recycling
We hope to set up more free refill water stations around the bay, as well an employment opportunity to help create a sustainable community art and recycling centers and system.
Art/ Recycling Bins - The first bins have been ordered to place along different key points in our bays. We plan to order and customise 6 more in January.
Phase 3 - Solar Power
Eventually we hope to help bring more solar powered energy and replace our need for generator run power, which is ecologically harmful.
Phase 4 - Sky's the Limit...
We hope to do this project in a compassionate, solution-oriented, accessible, respectful and loving way, taking into consideration the unique dynamics, challenges and opportunities that present here in our magic bay.
We believe that it is possible to make this eco-shift simple and profitable for businesses, and we see this movement as one of the most potentially impactful ways available to us at the moment to reduce destructive consumerism and disposal practices, and move towards a more truly aligned eco-community..
We hope to help engage, educate and inspire tourists and the wider community to support this movement in the form of money, expertise, support, time and of course, to make more ecologically responsible consumer choices .
The magic that we all felt here at one time - It's is still truly here.
Let's face it. The bay is changing. The world is changing. We are changing. True fact- It's more expensive here now as the Baht keeps rising, and politics keeps changing. That being said, there are still incredible people in the world who discover this place and fall in love year after year. We want and think it's wise to create the conditions in which, the people who can resonate with the vibe here, can easily come and and share their magic.
We need to cater to the up and coming tourism market, a significant number of whom would prefer to choose eco friendly and sustainable establishments.
At the basis of our mission is to do our best to honour and respect the culture of the land-owners and to be sensitive in how we educate and empower people.
We believe that to make a big shift in consumer behaviour and education, it starts with us - included in “us” is the businesses, owner and managers that live here, as well as the regulars who consider this their community. We set the example, and create the possibilities for our clients to connect with the best solutions.
We believe it is our responsibility, from both a top-down and bottom-up standpoint, to embrace and be the change we want to see.
We are doing some research to find the best local companies to work with, and in the meantime have come up with some solutions that we believe are the best available to us in the moment.
We are asking for your help.
Thanks again for caring and for being a part of the mission and magic.
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