Zero plastic National Movement is the volunteer community of Sri Lanka in which the volunteer undergraduates have the intention to save the plastic and polythene-engulfed world.
As a community, we had taken many enormous amounts of steps to preserve nature, water, and mother earth.
The project in Ahangama area was a huge step that we have taken on an international level. Therefore the zero plastic community of Sri Lanka with the collaboration of 80+foreign tattoo artists who represent famous countries all over the world, got together to execute the most beneficial project in 2022.
The project was generally planned to be held under main three sub-projects as followings :
- 24th of October Strainer installation program
- 28t of October school Awareness program near Ahangama
- 29th of October Ahangama City and beach clean up
The Zeroplastic movement in Sri Lanka and the most interested volunteers joined the projects to preserve nature Mom.
The strainer installation program was the foremost and most successful event that also went viral over social media too due to the success of the taken step.
The canals around Ahangama area provided an opportunity to develop an innovative yet simple solution that could be low-cost and easily replicated across locations to create a greater impact.
The purpose of the project is basically to prevent the flow of plastic and polythene to the sea and beaches through canals.
The project targeted the Ahangama area as that place was highly populated with local and international tourists who came up with the surfing experience.
The recent changes in the canals due to loads of plastic and polythene deposited near those canals were identified and then the organizing committee decided to install strainers that are specially customized for small canals. Therefore installing the strainers in the small canals in Ahangama area was projected with the participation of world-famous foreign tattoo artists and volunteer undergraduates. Under two main specific criteria, the strainer installation program was held. The team installed the strainers which are 1m lengthy modules which can be also used after connecting a few according to the width of the canal.
The specific feature of the strainers is that they are floatable and consist of an underwater deep net which avoids the deposit and overflow of plastic and polythene through the water. The strainer is highly possible to activate in an optimistic way as the underwater deep net also prevents the flow of plastic and polythene even though it has high waves or violent vibrations underneath the surface. It generally floats across the length of the canal and traps plastic waste before reaching the ocean through the canal’s mouth.
Fortunately, we were lucky enough to be a great team with volunteers who worked hard to achieve this massive success in Sri Lanka. And volunteer youth are warmly welcome and invited to join us at the zero plastic national movement. To save the world scenario by joining us is not a must, but it is your responsibility to ensure it.
Holds hands with us to make this world a Zeroplastic place.
M. V. Sujani Sumanarathne
Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka