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BEACH CLEAN UPS

The totora plant is an ancient heritage which allowed surfing to be born in Huanchaco nearly 5,000 years ago when local fishermen started building their simple boats called ‘caballito de totora’ from dried totora stems. Up until now caballito de totora is the only type of boat used for fishing in Huanchaco.

For over 10 years we’ve been trying to battle problems with pollution in Huanchaco. This issue origins in the area of Buenos Aires in the city of Trujillo where the municipality allows to dispose garbage in the ocean. The currents then move the trash to some of the nearest beaches, such as Las Delicias and Huanchaco.

Huanchaco is famous for being a birth place of surfing and having waves all year round. In 2013 Huanchaco was named a World Surfing Reserve for its unique history and a great potential for the future. Unfortunately, the current pollution doesn’t allow the town to grow to its fullest potential as a surf town and a destination popular amongst tourists.

We need to preserve the totora to continue a tradition that dates thousand of years back in the history of Peru and to protect our World Surfing Reserve.

Photo: Diego Cabeza 

We organize beach clean ups several times a year to help spread the message amongst our community. There are still many people in Peru who are not educated well enough about the seriousness of plastic pollution and our goal is to change that.

Through beach clean ups we show locals that throwing garbage in the nature is wrong. We want to teach people to stop using single-use plastics on daily basis and opt for more ecological options such as tuppers, jars, reusable bags, etc. Because if we continue using single-use plastic the way we are using it now, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!

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