AHOI! Cool loot for pirates on the Elbe beach in September 2021

Today, on World Cleanup Day, the Live To Love pirates have once again boarded the Elbe beach near Övelgönne and freed it with great enthusiastic effort, especially from microplastics, crown caps and cigarette butts.

Grandmothers, parents, children and young people responded to the call for this campaign today. The weather was perfect. The mood of all carried by the motivation to do something for the earth and against climate change. Provided with headbands, gloves, grabbers and trash bags, the beginning was kicked off with a lively, interactive exchange by Stefanie about trash on the beach, plastic in the ocean and the dangerous microplastic. The bright young people and children are already very aware of the issue and therefore numerous children immediately wanted to contribute to the mutiny against plastic. 

The beach was divided into three areas for the different age groups and thoroughly cleaned by all. Today, there was considerably less visible trash lying around, because quite a few NGO's had already done perfect preparatory work in the last few days. Therefore, the area initially looked cleaner than in previous years - but this was only the case on the surface... Under the thin layer of sand, many foil packagings, cigarette butts and crown caps appeared. With the help of tea strainers, even the smallest plastic particles were collected. To get an idea of how many cigarette butts were there, they were collected in a large glass.

© Agnes Forsthuber / Live To Love Germany

When the individual areas had been cleaned, a quiz adapted to the respective age groups led to three buried treasure chests. There was a lot of cheering! After all, pirates want to find treasure, too. There were great prizes: homemade colored modeling clay for the youngest participants with a recipe to copy; marbles for the older children and bird house kits for the adolescent participants. The captured sweets were distributed in a really fair way. 

In only two hours the beach was freed from almost 17 kg of micro plastic waste - a really great result, because the particles are actually extremely small and accordingly light! 


© Agnes Forsthuber / Live To Love Germany

Bottle mail has a long and very beautiful tradition in many coastal cities around the world. The bottles often drift thousands of miles with the current. The senders do not know if and when their mail will be found and answered at all. Today, all the children were able to entrust their concerns about plastic waste to a glass bottle with their letters. Small gems were added for the future recipients to wish them good luck and health. Some will send their message in a bottle to the Baltic Sea or the Mediterranean Sea during the coming autumn vacations.

A highlight was the trip on the Elbe with the mooring boat "Stek Ut" from the museum harbor and captain Till Braun. Since certain safety requirements have to be met for the trip in the boat, 5 children and young people were given the opportunity to cruise with him across the Elbe River by lottery, where they handed over a few bottles to the current in the direction of the sea. Dear captain Till Braun, you have given us all an unforgettable boat trip and we are full of gratitude for it.

© Agnes Forsthuber / Live To Love Germany

We are also very grateful to the very friendly film team of Noa TV. It was present from the beginning for filming. As always very professional, sympathetic and emphatic situations were filmed and various interviews conducted. We are looking forward to your contribution for Live to Love!

The refreshment at the pirate buffet with cake, fruit and hot drinks became the warm conclusion of this day. We met many wonderful people and very inspiring and encouraging conversations filled this day with richness.

AHOI, dear pirates! We have cool new ideas for the next joint actions and look forward to many more adventures with you! 

Hopefully, in the future we will come together more for restorations of the earth, such as planting trees and to create fields for insects, such as bees and butterflies, instead of continuing to collect trash. We will see & definitely go further! That's for sure.

Your team from Live To Love in Germany.


September 18, 2021


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