Two Hands Project founder Paul and co-founder Silke
The Two Hands Project team, Paul Sharp (founder) and Silke Stuckenbrock (co-founder), were lucky enough to have the opportunity to sail around the Whitsundays as part of a week long Two Hands Project.
Paul was interviewed by Channel Whitsundays while there:
We found alot of bottle caps, bottles and toothbrushes during our clean ups.
Some of the plastic pollution in the Whitsundays
It’s a a remarkable thing to note that – of all the beaches that the Two Hands Project team have seen in Australia (and we have seen quite a few) – several of the beaches in the Whitsundays were the worst affected by plastic pollution.
Two Hands Project Team with Ben Ware from Whitsundays Plastic Pollution
We also got the chance to go diving and snorkelling too, so it wasn’t all clean ups and no play ;)
Two Hands Project Founder Paul with Ben Ware from Whitsundays Plastic Pollution...and some of the plastic collected in the tinny behind the boat
We were taken around the Whitsundays by local Ben Ware: awesome guide, passionate on solving the problem of plastic pollution in the Whitsundays and genuine all round decent human being. You can see more of what Ben does on his Facebook Page: Whitsundays Plastic Pollution.
are in a hurry and don’t have the full 30 minutes to collect, or
there is a heap of rubbish, beyond what you could collect in 30 mins, or
you don’t have a bag or container to collate your rubbish, so you can only collect what you can hold in two hands
You can still productively collect waste and reduce risk to wildlife. You just need to practice some collection triage.
Prioritise collecting items that will do the most damage to wildlife or which have the potential to do the most harm.
Two Hands Project at Melbourne's Docklands
Quickie two hands project rationale:
In a quickie or limited Two Hands clean up scenario, we’d suggest you focus on collecting waste that will do the most damage as the priority with anything else you gather being in the nice to have basket.
Things to prioritise:
We’d suggest the following types of items pose the most threat.