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2019-07-11

Waste and floats are turned into symbols of beach-cleaning effort in Little Liuqiu

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While holding an event entitled “Little Liuqiu Turtle Conservation Activity & Beach Cleaning Relay” recently, Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area Administration (hereafter referred to as the Administration) decided to work with Hiin Studio to turn wasted glass collected from beaches into “ocean coins.” This year, special signs made with wasted floats have also been set up at the shops which accept such “ocean currency.” The installing of the signs was completed in early July. At the five beach-cleaning activities to be held soon, the Administration hopes to see stronger circulation of the coins, meaning that the shops’ kind support for environmental protection is seen by more members of the public.

The Administration noted that the “beach coins” are actually tiny artworks. They are used to encourage the participants of beach-cleaning activities to do more. While the coins can be collected just for appreciation, they can also be used as a kind of money currency. The floats-turned-signs are made to encourage the circulation of the coins, and to advertise the participating shops as plastic-reducing shops. The signs even show the government’s gratitude of the shops for supporting beach-cleaning, plastic reduction, and sustainable tourism. It is with the shops’ proactive support and consensus that many people have come to take part. The Administration also mentioned that the signs are designed by Hiin Studio, which has devoted to beach-cleaning and reducing use of plastics for years. The studio is an expert in ocean wastes. That’s why the Administration commissioned the studio to give new lives/meanings to ocean garbage.

Hiin Studio noted that Little Liuqiu is essentially a fishery village, and floats are fishing tools. The floats were made with glass in the old days, but now they are made with plastics. Discarded plastic floats cannot dissemble naturally, and thus they become troublesome garbage in the sea. The studio thus paints oceanic images on the floats to make them anew. The floats are used as signs of “ocean currency exchange” of the shops. They can of course also be used as decorations. The reason for leaving half of a float unpainted is to let the public know how the float looks when it is still considered a kind of garbage.

Hiin Studio said that it marks the term “ocean currency” on the floats because it hopes that the shops’ environmental-protection acts can be acknowledged by more. According to a questionnaire survey, as many as 80 participating local shops are willing to do something to protect the environs – in fact, many things! For instance, 39 shops say they can set up drinking fountains for customers. 34 said they will encourage customers to bring own containers to take away the food they order. 23 B&Bs say they will not provide disposable toothbrushes to guests any more. The most special is that 15 shops say they can lend containers to people if they want to buy takeout food! Also, 10 shops are willing to provide re-usable raincoats for people to stay dry on a rainy day.

The Administration would like to remind the public that beach cleaning will be held on July 13, 14, 16, 19, and 20. While in previous years only simple posters are posted at the front of the participating shops, this year, with support from the creative Hiin Studio, ocean garbage has been turned into special shop signs. This not only helps visitors to identify environment-friendly shops. Using garbage to make shop signs helps to reduce waste.

The shops are even encouraged to put on more accessories on their float-inspired signs once they take more environment-friendly actions. The accessories will be indicators of their heartfelt effort.

Visitors, if you are in Little Liuqiu, please take a look at these special signs of the local shops! Kindly show support to the shops with the most floats. Take photos and clock in on their Facbeook pages, so that family and friends can also learn about their acts!

The signs at the shops which provide “ocean currency exchange”

The signs at the shops which provide “ocean currency exchange”

All kinds of colorfully painted plastic floats

All kinds of colorfully painted plastic floats

Each colored float is unique

Each colored float is unique

Number of Visitors:497 Last Update: 2019-07-16
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