Anne M. - Founder of Beach Cleaner
In the 90ties I joined my first beach clean ups in Malaysia on a wonderful coconut palm tree island, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, where I ended up to stay a couple of weeks. The Perhentian Islands were once home to a significant green and hawksbill sea turtle nesting population. Now the islands receive only 300 nestings per year, due to the environmental changes at the coastlines and the sea. The local and international diver community have organized beach & riff clean ups to raise the awareness for clean oceans & beaches.
In 2015 (see picture) I traveled with my little family to the magnificent island Ibiza and we found plastic trash floating in the sea and on beaches. I was shocked that nobody seemed to care about it and started to clean up every day, where ever we spent the day - and my initiative was immediately born.
Inspired by this experience, I have done an international management training (MOOC) about the effects of Marine Litter (a program run by the UNEP and the Open University of the Netherlands).
I have started to work on a kids education program (kids-for-the-ocean) about marine litter & the fragility of the ocean, the program includes as well alternatives to plastic. All to find in my book now :)
Where ever I am, I strive collecting plastics at beaches in hope for a better marine life - a better planet - a better future.
Anne Mäusbacher firstname.lastname@example.org
(© beachcleaner - founded 2015)
Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
The Eco Family
My lovely husband and my passionate son are true ecowarriors and support my idea and initiative from the early stages, back in 2015. Both are always on a plastic trash hunt at beaches, oceans, parks, lake sides, wherever we are.
On our journey to a plastic free household everyone in our family is constantly looking for alternatives to replace old plastic tools with new eco innovative materials and tools.
Without them my household would never be in the stage as it is now. We have reduced our weekly garbage amount by ca. 90%: we separate organic garbage, paper, glas, and the small amount of packaging/plastic we still need to deal with.
The Beach Cleaner Family
Eco price city of Nürnberg 2018
Kathi Liss - Partner in crime
We are very pleased and happy to welcome Kathi on board of our journey to a plastic free planet.
Being an ambitious working mum with a huge passion for climate change, sustainability and eco topics it was clear that we finally met and fight together for a cleaner, plastic free world.
Kathi supports us to roll out our ambassador program "kids for the ocean" for kindergarden kids, school kids & teens and organizing beach clean ups.
Our latest great addition to the team, is an active volunteer in her community and an advocate for change. Recently, she published her first children's book, "Not for me, please! I choose to act green". With you can find here in books. With her book, she aims to help parents and teachers introduce the topic of sustainability to their children in a way they can understand and can take further personal action, helping to build the next generation of #ecowarriors.
Maria is from the United States, but currently lives in Germany. Having travelled and lived in many countries, she has been fortunate to be exposed to many different lifestyles and
cultures which have influenced her life. She believes that with awareness, we - children and adults - can make a positive impact on the world and people around us.
Maria supports us to roll out our ambassador program "kids for the ocean" for bi-lingual kindergarden kids, school kids & teens and organizing beach clean ups.