Cleanwave.org is a dynamic movement of likeminded individuals who recognise the urgent need to provide sustainable alternatives to single use disposable plastic bottles on the Balearics and beyond - the islands of Mallorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca are our launch pad for a global movement.
We consume 1,5 million plastic bottles a day in the Balearic Islands. With well over 13 million visitors to the islands each year, the incalculable amount of plastic waste continues to threaten the sustainability of our natural resources and the sea.
Cleanwave sets out to make drinking water freely accessible, and minimizing plastic waste through the sale of stainless steel bottles. Leveraging an extensive network of private and public partners, consumers are offered an opportunity to drink clean water for free whilst contributing towards a plastic free society.
Access to safe drinking water and disposable plastics bottles are intrinsically linked on these Mediterranean islands.
Firstly - tap water is not drinking water, so people are dependent on bottled water for all their water consumption. Once again, the Mediterranean heat and the sheer number of tourists is big business for bottled water producers – and results in huge amounts of waste.
Secondly – there is no system in place for the return of empty water bottles. Neither in glass nor plastic. Yellow recycling containers are scattered across the island of Mallorca, where plastic waste is collected, sent to the waste management plant, sorted, repackaged and shipped to the main land.
Ibiza sends their plastic waste to Mallorca. And no system is in place on Menorca - all waste ends up in landfills.
However, despite efforts to collect plastic waste, not all residents on the islands are vigilant with their sorting of waste, resulting in huge volumes scattered carelessly across the islands and ultimately ending up in the sea.
We believe that water is life, and that access to water should be free. We also believe that the seas, the environment and ourselves should be protected against plastic contamination. Our vision is to provide a viable and alternative solution to local residents and visitors to the island, to have access to drinking water, whilst creating a shift in consciousness towards a plastic free society.
We will continue to use this platform to call for the following constructive legislative changes:
We encourage the local government to invest in water purification plants that will ensure that water is safe to drink from the tap.
We challenge the water bottle producers to take the lead in plastic waste reduction by setting up the infrastrcture to return and reuse plastic water bottles.
We encourage these same producers to shift to returnable glass bottles rather than plastic.
We encourage the local government to support local existing bottle factories that have been shut down due to the monopoly of the global beverage industry, to become the missing link in the chain of bottled water suppliers on the island of Mallorca.