Give the environment a green hug tomorrow

Tomorrow is World Cleanup Day 2018. Andrea Elisabeth Rudolph and the rest of the Rudolph Care team are ready and looking forward to collecting trash – we hope that you are too. Read our 5 tips for your trash collection along with Andreas thoughts and plans for the day. Also read what Henrik Beha, founder of the Danish NGO Plastic Change, tells about the international cleanup day. 

Oprydning af naturen er en vigtig ting

5 tips for your World Cleanup Day 

1. Settle for a collection area and plan your trash route – in your local neighbourhood or a completely different place. 

2. Bring a bag or two – you never know how much you’re going to find out there 

3. Put on a pair of garden gloves, if you don’t want to touch your findings with your bare hands

4. The size and volume of your trash collection doesn’t really matter – make sure to go for the tiny pieces as well. They may in many cases be just as harmful as the bigger pieces. As an example; a cigarette bud is also trash. 

5. Share your result and your new knowledge while you participate in Rudolph Care’s Cleanup Competition, where you can win a gorgeous autumn package with Andrea Elisabeth Rudolph’s routine products. To participate, all you have to do is take a picture of your World Cleanup Day and post it on Instagram with the hashtag, #cleanupwithrudolphcare (REMEMBER: Your Instagram profile must be public – we cannot see your contribution if you have a private profile)

A top priority on Andrea’s Saturday-to-do is World Cleanup Day, and she’s looking forward to participating along with her children and the rest of the Rudolph Care team. 

”I’m looking forward to World Cleanup Day because doing something good for the environment together with others brings me a feeling of relief and joy. I wish that we start restoring the man-made changes that we see in the oceans and in nature – and nonetheless that we become more mindful in our waste handling. World Cleanup Day is a very manageable and simple project. All you have to do is pick up trash and put it in a bag - it doesn’t require much, but the result can be very significant.”

Affald fra naturen

The Rudolph Care team will be present several places on World Cleanup Day tomorrow, and we would love it if you joined us!

In Aarhus we'll meet at Den Permanente at 10 AM, where we'll collect trash together along the beach.

In Copenhagen we'll meet at Naturcenter Amager Strand at 11 AM. Here we'll walk and collect along the paths in Amager Strandpark and in the surrounding nature.

We'll bring trash-bags - so all you have to bring is yourself and your love for the environment (and maybe a pair of gloves, if that's how you like to collect trash).

Henrik Beha og Andrea Rudolph

In Denmark World Cleanup Day is facilitated by Plastic Change, and in that regard we’ve spoken to Henrik Beha, founder of Plastic Change. Henrik tells, among other things, about what you should focus on while you’re collecting trash, and how trash is an unexploited resource. 

Why is World Cleanup Day an important day?
“Because it’s a beautiful, popular, and festive day, which is an important step towards beating trash contamination. It’s also a day where we jointly send the signal that we care about nature together. World Cleanup Day is a day that can frame the responsibility that comes with handling trash. So many people seek these frames due to lack of political engagement, and therefore it’s wonderful that a dedicated cleanup day can shed light on the matter. World Cleanup Day is also important in regard to changing our view on resources, so we get more used to seeing trash as a resource – a resource that we’re wasting at the moment by handling it wrong. That’s where we want to go.” 

Is there anything that we should focus on in particular, when we go out and collect trash?
“I think it’s very important that we observe and talk about what kind of trash we find out there. I think that many people will have an eye-opening experience out there tomorrow, because what they’ll find is, most likely, all kinds of every-day products – and to me it’s important that people talk about what they find, and how it might have ended up in nature. People must ask themselves ‘What is all this trash really a symbol of?’. My answer to that question is that it’s a clear symbol of the fact that we’ve closed our eyes to the resource that trash actually is. Trash is a resource because we can reuse it in many different ways and prolong its lifetime if we handle it correctly instead of just burning it – or even worse; dumping it in the environment. 


How should we handle the trash once it’s collected?
“First and foremost, I think that it would be great if people would share their results, before disposing of it responsibly. An important part is actually investigating the result and showing it to the world. Take a picture of it and share your knowledge. Afterwards it’s important to sort out the waste. If you live in a municipality where you can sort plastic, waste, metal, and so on, you should naturally do that – that’s where we’re heading. Waste sorting would be an obvious additional activity to perform and discuss after you’ve collected all the trash.”

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