July 16, 2013 – RevoluSun, Hawaii’s leading provider of residential and commercial solar systems, and Surfrider Foundation cleaned up over 400 pounds of small debris at Sandy Beach on Saturday, July 13.
For the fourth year in a row, RevoluSun has partnered with the Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu Chapter for the Sandy Beach cleanup. The cleanup was focused on small trash that is difficult to pick up. In about 90 minutes volunteers combed the beach removing over 2,000 cigarette butts, almost 600 bottle caps and over 300 drink cans/bottles and single-use food containers. They also collected plastic bags, polystyrene from packaging, fishing nets/rope, batteries, drug paraphernalia, condoms, and many other items.
This year, RevoluSun donated a mobile sand-sifter, developed by local contractor Jason Tucker Hills, to the beach cleaning efforts. The sand-sifter is designed to clean sand by pulling out micro-plastics that are inundating Hawaii beaches. Micro-plastics are small plastic particles about 5mm are less either from industrial pellets that serve as precursors for manufactured plastic products. Others are fragments or fibers of plastic derived from the breakdown of larger plastic products. Micro-plastics have become a paramount issue in the marine environment.
“The Surfrider Foundation’s Oahu chapter enjoys partnering with great local companies like RevoluSun, and we appreciate their commitment to promoting clean, renewable energy and supporting our efforts to clean and protect our beaches,” says Stuart H. Coleman, Surfrider’s Hawaii Coordinator. “To help build our Rise Above Plastics Campaign, RevoluSun recently donated a ‘mobile sand-sifter’ to filter out the micro-plastics that litter our beaches from eroded single-use, disposable plastics. They have also been consistent sponsors of Surfrider’s annual John Kelly Environmental Awards Party, which will take place at Waimea Valley on Sat., Nov. 16th.”
All volunteers were rewarded with a free lunch hosted by RevoluSun.
“We’d like to thank all the volunteers who helped us clean Sandy Beach,” added Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. “Our partnership with Surfrider is a proud one that gives RevoluSun the opportunity to continue helping Hawaii’s environment in more ways, in addition to providing clean energy.”
About Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 60,000 members and 80 chapters across the United States, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan, Puerto Rico and Brazil. The Oahu Chapter is in its 14th year of activism and has been working on issues of beach access, water quality, coastal preservation and plastic marine debris. For more information, go to www.surfrider.org/oahu.