Formentera Dive Camp
We are delighted to support, for the second year running, a series of dive camps aimed at educating youngsters about the local marine environment. Around 300 children aged between 8 and 17 have attended the camps in Formentera this summer. As well as learning to dive, the attendees take part in workshops to get to know the flora and fauna that live under the surface and the importance of looking after it. As part of our Posidonia protection project, IbizaPreservation gives financial grants to ensure the courses are accessible to all local schoolchildren. Also thanks to our support, this year more than two dozen children from disadvantaged backgrounds – including some who arrived in Spain as unaccompanied minors – were able to attend the camp completely free of charge. Thanks to our partners at Vellmarí Association for running this wonderful initiative!
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Feeding the bees
Bees are essential for our ecosystem; as the world’s most important pollinator of food crops, our lives literally do depend on them. But bee populations around the world are under threat, largely due to climate change and industrial farming practices. Even in Ibiza, we are already noticing that bee numbers are in decline, and this could have a serious impact on both the quality and quantity of our crops. In order to try to bolster our local bee colonies, our Ibiza Produce project has partnered with the organic farm, Finca Can Moreno, to finance a programme to plant 160 summer-flowering shrubs. These should grow to their optimal size over the next two to three years, with the potential to support some 25,000 bees.
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Plastic Free certifications
Plastic Free Ibiza & Formentera has launched its 2020 certification process for local businesses. This year, the targets have become even more ambitious, with companies able to attain up to 5 stars by becoming “zero waste” as well as eliminating single-use plastics. Despite it being a slow start to the season, which remains a difficult one for many, we are pleased to report that nearly 40 establishments in Ibiza and Formentera have now been certified, with many more still to come. Influential brands such as Pacha, Palladium Group and Insotel, as well as restaurants such as Amante and Aiyanna, plus some smaller chiringuitos and take-aways, are among those who have committed to our roadmap to eliminate single-use plastics by 2023. This year the scheme is also being expanded to include businesses and institutions outside the hospitality sector.
Sal de Ibiza “Mar Blau”
This month, our friends at Sal de Ibiza kindly launched a new special edition pot, to help raise funds for our Plastic Free movement. The blue “Mar Blau” pot combines the salt with black garlic and is completely organic. For every one sold, Sal de Ibiza will donate €1 to Plastic Free. It’s available to buy online and in shops worldwide. Click here to find your nearest stockist!
We are grateful to Nikki Beach Ibiza for hosting a special event earlier this month to help raise funds towards our work through the sale of Sol de Ibiza natural sunscreen. The creams are completely chemical-free and therefore don’t harm our marine ecosystem. What’s more, Sol de Ibiza donates 1% of its profits to IbizaPreservation. And, starting this summer, guests at Nikki Beach are also being invited to donate a euro towards our work on top of their food and drink bill. We thank them both!
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