”Blue Bag Project” Attracts More Than 100 Participants on Krk Beaches

Lauren Simmonds

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Copyright Romulic and Stojcic

Krk steps up its game in the name of the environment.

As part of the environmentally minded “Blue Bag” project, on Wednesday, May the 9th, under the organisation of Krke Ponikve and the “Shores of our grandchildren” association, a day long action to rid Krk’s beach from discarded debris will be held.

As Morski writes on the 9th of May, 2018, the action will be attended by Ponikve’s employees, members of the the ”Shores of our grandchildren” association, kids from the local “Fran Krsto Frankopan”, elementary school, twenty volunteer citizens, residents of Rijeka’s rehabilitation centre, and support will be given by the arrival of the popular singer from Omiš, Damir Kedžo. Participants of the action will go by the “Captain (Kapetan) Nemo” boat from the Krk riva (in front of Hotel Marina) at 09:00.

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The action symbolically announces the start of this year’s “Blue Bag” project, a valued initiative based on the volunteer cleansing of the coast of unwanted debris. The goal of this praiseworthy initiative is for each sailor to gather at least one sack of debris that drifted from the sea to the shoreline during the tourist season. Actions of the sort have been happening across the world for years, and as far as Croatia is concerned, the very first blue bags appeared back in 2014. On the island of Krk, this movement is all thanks to Krk Ponikve and the Lovran-based association “Shores of our grandchildren”, which has stimulated the need to learn, study, and preserve the ecologically and socially acceptable use of the Adriatic sea for an entire decade now.

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This year, the “Blue Bag” project is being implemented within INA’s Green belt (Zeleni pojas) program – a competition for the co-financing of environmental and nature protection projects, and in this, otherwise the fifth season of the project, the organisers are more than optimistic. This movement and its actions are steadily garnering more and more supporters, successfully expanding along the entire Croatian coast, all the way down to the extreme south in Dubrovnik, and there is an increasing number of large companies and business entities getting involved in it.

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This year, INA, Fina, and communal companies from Rovinj, Cres and Lošinj, as well as many others will participate in the action, and more than 20,000 blue bags will be distributed along the Croatian coast, which should give fruit to the very best results so far. Since the Adriatic sea is an extremely important resource for the entire Croatian economy, the establishment of an efficient waste disposal model on the Croatian coast is beyond important.

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The project organisers are particularly grateful to the Rijeka Centre for Rehabilitation, whose protégés have been packing their blue bags for weeks, as part of a work therapy that enables people with disabilities to socially work in accordance with their respective capabilities.


Photo credit: Blue Bag project


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