Hashirijima Mountain Cleanup

On the 19th of April, Life Recycled, with 4 members of Ube San Gaku, conducted out first “adventure cleanup” on Hashiri Island in the Seto Uchi Sea. Although the day started with some heavy rain, we were determined to clean in any condition. After a 30 minute ferry ride to the island, the cleanup started. We first cleaned a beach, picking up a lot of Styrofoam and plastic bottles. As 11:00am approached and after we were visited twice by the locals, Norio Sera and his wife Marimi Sera, we changed locations to clean a mountainside, our original reason for going to the island. This mountainside was the most exciting part of the cleanup and posed its own unique set of challenges like getting ourselves down and garbage up the steep slope but with the climbing experience of the Ube San Gaku climbers, we were able to collect a massive amount of trash. After all was said and done we’ve filled up the back of a 2-ton K truck. It was an amazing day and we can’t wait to go back and do a cleanup with the local community (when the weather is better). Also, a big thanks for the event sponsors Oana Ivanoff (Oana Maxim), Kim Okryeon (Okryeon Kim), Danjō Tadahisa (段上忠久 ) and Ube San Gaku (Ube Alpine Club). Thanks to all the Life Recycled supporters and members.


Tsunoshima Beach Cleanup + BBQ & Sleep Over

Spring is on its way and what better way to celebrate with a BBQ and beach cleanup of the beautiful Tsunoshima Island.

Life Recycled in partnership with Cobalt Blue Life Savers are hosting a BBQ and beach cleanup that is sure to be a blast. The BBQ will take place on the night of the April 25th (starting at 7:00pm) and the cleanup will be the next morning (pre cleaning meeting at 9:45am). The best part is that participants will have the option to spend the night in a beautiful Tsunoshima bungalows.

If you would like to come to the BBQ and stay overnight, please meet at the “Ohama camping base” at 7:00pm(We are waiting for you around the bungalows),bring 2500 yen for Adult and High School students – 1000yen for elementary and junior high school students – and children are free. Also, hot showers are provided for 100 yen.Make sure to bring your sleeping gear.

If you are unable to stay the night, just come meet us in on the morning of the 26th at the museum”Tsunoshima shizenkan” at 9:45am. PS: The meeting location might be changed later,we will update the FB and let you know when it’s changed.So please check.

We’ll prepare gloves and bags.

See you there!!! Please RSVP by March 31st if you want to attend the BBQ and sleep over because spots are limited to 30 people. In your RSVP please comment if you are coming to the BBQ and sleep over or just the beach cleanup

2020 Beach Beautification Initiative

The “2020 Beach Beautification Initiative,” a project that seeks to address the growing problem of beach trash prior to the 2020 Olympics, when tens of thousands of tourist will descend upon Japan and either bear witness to beaches overflowing with trash or the true beauty and majesty of Japan.The three tenants of the “2020 Beach Beautification Initiative” focus on dumping, empowering community groups through a program called “Adopot-A-Beach” and encouraging manufacturers/producers to take responsibility for the full life cycle of their products (Cradle to Cradle).

The first initiative addresses dumping. Although Japan strives to be at the forefront of innovative recycling technologies, it still suffers from various cases of illegal dumping on a fairly large scale. Evidence of this has been documented in cases which include various mountainside locations displaying a large amount of post consumer trash. Extreme cases have even been documented which includes cars that have been abandoned on rocky beaches. This problem, at its core, stems from an apathy about the effects of such actions. The solution is to host community awareness and education campaigns focusing on both the cleanup of these locations and also the potential effects on areas including, but not limited to, the tourism market.

The second initiative focuses on harnessing community support on a smaller scale through the proliferation of a program titled “Adopt-A-Beach.” This initiative seeks to remedy the problem of beach trash by urging the creation of smaller cleaning groups that will take responsibility for a beach. These community groups will literally “Adopt” the beach and with the help of local government, host small cleanups various times throughout the year that will stem the problem of trash accumulation.

The last initiative focuses on the manufactures/producers of the products we find on the beaches. This program which it titled “Cradle to Cradle” encourages responsibility for the full Life cycle of the product. Currently, many manufacturers and or producers have a belief that once a product is purchased by the consumer, the responsibility, for the most part, is relinquished. Life Recycled posits that it is in fact the opposite, the makers of these products are equally if not more responsible for this type of beach trash being that it originated in their factories through a manufacturing process specific to that company. It is our hope that as a result of this initiate being embraced, those who make these products will actively seek out and support various cleaning initiatives and go so far as to organize coastal cleanups extending throughout the year.

It is with these initiatives that Life Recycled hopes to encourage a paradigm shift in regards to how we care for our beaches and address the ever increasing problems related to trash that is found on Japan’s sandy coasts. In the coming months Life Recycled will be working diligently with local communities and both city and state governments to seek a solution to this ever growing problem.