PETCO turns tide on plastic waste at Ballito Pro

PETCO turns tide on plastic waste at Ballito Pro
28 Jun 2022

PETCO turns tide on plastic waste at Ballito Pro

In July, PETCO once again partnered with Litter4Tokens NPC to keep plastic out of the environment during this year’s Ballito Pro surfing competition.

The KwaZulu-Natal-based community recycling initiative encouraged spectators to take positive action while enjoying world-class surfing by collecting some of the thousands of nurdles that litter South Africa’s beaches. These tiny plastic resin pellets, also called mermaid tears, are a source of microplastics in our oceans and are dangerous to marine life.

Previously, PETCO sponsored the sand-sifting nurdle trommel, as well as mermaid tear catchers, which can be used both as a sieve to catch nurdles and as a frisbee.

This year, the participants who collected the most nurdles over the course of the event stood the chance to earn themselves a PETCO-branded surfboard or paddle board made from recycled planks and resin from recycled glass.

Litter4Tokens NPC is a recycling campaign that aims to feed, empower, educate, and employ the nation by creating a circular economy. It is also the joint winner of the 2022 PETCO Award in the Best Community Initiative category. Watch their winner’s profile video here.