Rickshaw Travel Clean Up Brighton Beach Ahead of World Oceans Day
Brighton based Meaningful Travel company, Rickshaw Travel, left the office behind today and headed to Brighton beach to carry out a huge clean-up operation, removing two bags full of litter from the shores.
Working with Brighton & Hove Cityclean, Rickshaw Travel’s team of warriors took to the beach this morning to collect litter, from needles and used nappies, to discarded plastic bottles and bags.
Whilst today two full bags of waste were collected, on a sunny bank holiday, beach cleaners at Brighton Beach can expect to pick up 40 tonnes of rubbish in as little as two days, and a maximum of 400 kilos on a normal day. This beach clean takes place ahead of World Oceans Day on 8th June, a national awareness day that celebrates the world’s oceans, with a particular spotlight on preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean.
An independent tour operator, Rickshaw Travel specialises in providing enriching experiences for travellers across the world, taking them off the beaten path and into the heart of local communities. Protecting nature and wildlife whilst encouraging travellers to do the same is at the core of Rickshaw Travel’s company ethos.
Blanca Balaguer, Marketing Communications Specialist at Rickshaw Travel, said “Although it was upsetting to see the amount of rubbish on the beach, it was extremely rewarding to remove two bags’ worth that ultimately would have ended up in the ocean. As a company, we pride ourselves on providing responsible travel experiences in the countries that our travellers can visit and it is right that we do our best to lead the way with similar regard to our beautiful environment here at home, in Brighton.”
More than 12.2 million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the world’s oceans each year. It is believed that only 1% of this is seen floating on ocean surfaces, while 94% of this waste ends up on the sea floor. The highest concentration of plastic waste is found on beaches, threatening 31 species of marine mammals and 100 species of birds.
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About Rickshaw Travel
Rickshaw Travel is an independent tour operator based in Brighton. They are committed to providing enriching, immersive travel experiences that take holidaymakers off the beaten path and into the heart of local communities.
Meaningful travel – or travelling in a way that everybody benefits from – is the core ethos of Rickshaw: the traveller benefits from enriching experiences where they learn something new (about the destination, culture, a skill or about themselves) and at the same time the local people, animals and/or environment benefit too.
Rickshaw Travel’s individual approach to independent exploration enables adventurous holidaymakers to visit the heart of a destination and experience the real spirit of a local culture. Rickshaw specialises in offering small-scale, authentic accommodation that truly reflects the character of each destination.
Rickshaw are proud to have built up a team of passionate Travel Specialists who each have extensive travel experience in their own dedicated destinations. They pride themselves on being open and honest about the places they have visited and are on hand to inspire and support travellers. The company’s style of travel is unique – Rickshaw’s dedicated Product Team has worked alongside the company’s in-destination partners to create a choice of carefully selected bite-size trips, typically 2-4 days long, which can be combined to create the perfect itinerary. Rickshaw’s bite-size trips include a range of local excursions, charming authentic accommodation and some transfers to ensure a hassle-free holiday. A minimum of three bite-sized trips must be combined to create a full itinerary
Protecting nature and wildlife – and encouraging travellers to do the same – is also key for the Rickshaw team. The company has partnered with World Animal Protection to develop an Animal Welfare Policy, has committed to supporting the end of elephant riding by signing World Animal Protection’s elephant-friendly pledge, and is in the process of auditing trips involving any type of wild animal interaction.
Rickshaw Travel now offers trips in 24 destinations across Asia, Central and South America, including Cuba, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Peru, Borneo, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Chile, Brazil and Japan. It will also be launching Canada and Mexico trips in 2018, extending their total destinations to 26.