Cleanup for Sarah

In order to mark the birthday of Sarah Auffret (June 16), people around the world have participated in cleanup actions every year since 2019.

AECO would like to encourage as many people as possible to use this date in June annually to rally together to clean up plastic litter in your outdoor environment, no matter if it is on a beach or anywhere else. This could be a community or individual effort, a social work event for staff, or an opportunity for cruise ship vessels to educate passengers further about how easily plastic waste ends up in the marine environment and what to do about it.

Since the start of Cleanup for Sarah, a significant number of cleanups have taken place on this date all over the world, ranging as far afield as Asia and Australia, Europe and North America. AECO would like to hear of any efforts made to reduce plastic waste in the environment on this date at An interactive map of cleanup activities that took place in 2019 can be found here and in 2020 can be found here.

AECO also encourages everyone to share their efforts on social media using the hashtag #CleanupforSarah.

A big thank you to Christopher Ide at Tank Design Tromsø  for creating the logo based on a photograph taken by Dr. Michelle Lin.