Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Cleans Up Balloons Littering Sea over the Weekend

Plastic balloons on the ocean near St Maarten

PHILIPSBURG — The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation over the weekend removed numerous balloons from littering the ocean. Both on Saturday and Sunday out on patrol the Foundation collected balloons drifting in the sea. Previously the Foundation had urged various organizations, including the SCDF who organized two balloon related activities over the weekend, to find sustainable alternatives to using balloons during … Continue reading Sint Maarten Nature Foundation Cleans Up Balloons Littering Sea over the Weekend

Nature Foundation Requests Update From Parliament on Steps to Ban Single-Use Plastics

The Sint Maarten Nature Foundation has requested in writing an update from Parliament on steps currently being taken to ban single-use plastic products such as plastic bags, straws and cutlery and Styrofoam food containers in an effort to reduce marine litter and pollution on St Maarten. Single use plastic pollution is one of the biggest … Continue reading Nature Foundation Requests Update From Parliament on Steps to Ban Single-Use Plastics

Nature Foundation St Maarten cleans up Belair Beach with Tourists and Volunteers

The Nature Foundation organized a beach clean-up session with visitors and volunteers in order to clean-up Belair beach. A group of about fifteen tourists, which came to St Maarten to enjoy the island, decided to give back to our environment and spent a morning cleaning up the beach. The group was very motivated and collected … Continue reading Nature Foundation St Maarten cleans up Belair Beach with Tourists and Volunteers

Caribbean Islands Surrounding St. Maarten Banning Single-Use Plastics while St Maarten Stays Behind

littered ditch full of plastic

Nature Foundation St Maarten is again urging parliament to ban single-use plastics, such as plastic bags, straws, cups and cutlery and styrofoam food containers.

Nature Foundation Detects Worrisome Coral Disease Epidemic on St Maarten Coral Reefs

The Nature Foundation St Maarten has recently established the presence of ‘Tissue Loss Disease’ on several local coral reefs. The disease is a relatively new issue that has been plaguing coral reefs in the Atlantic Basin for the last few months.

Nature Foundation St Maarten Organizes a second Reduce and Reuse night at Buccaneers Beach Bar on Friday the 16th of November starting at 6pm

reduce reuse poster

The Nature foundation will organize a second Reduce and Reuse night, as due to heavy rainfall previous Reduce and Reuse night attendance was limited. Therefore everyone has another option to learn about the harmful impacts of trash and single-use plastics on the environment and how you can reduce your own single-use plastic output. The evening … Continue reading Nature Foundation St Maarten Organizes a second Reduce and Reuse night at Buccaneers Beach Bar on Friday the 16th of November starting at 6pm

MPC High School Students Learn about Impacts of Littering, how to Reduce Single-use Plastics and Clean-up Mullet Bay Beach

Last Friday the St Maarten Nature Foundation organized a beach clean-up with students of the Milton Peters College. Thirty students removed 186 pounds of trash from Mullet Bay Beach in just half an hour, by using the Trash Tracker method developed by Ocean Cleanup Organization 4Oceans by weighing all the collected trash and using reusable bags … Continue reading MPC High School Students Learn about Impacts of Littering, how to Reduce Single-use Plastics and Clean-up Mullet Bay Beach

Nature Foundation Applauds Businesses Switching to Reusable and Biodegradable Alternatives to Single-use Plastics

toppers' crew

Recently the well-known bar and restaurant Topper’s switched to using only reusable and biodegradable products instead of environmentally damaging single-use plastics. Nature Foundation’s Project Officer Melanie Meijer zu Schlochtern presented the Reduce and Reuse St Maarten project to Staff members of Topper’s, explaining them about the harmful effects of single-use plastics  on our environment, ourselves … Continue reading Nature Foundation Applauds Businesses Switching to Reusable and Biodegradable Alternatives to Single-use Plastics

Nature Foundation Urges Government and Businesses to Reduce Single-Use Plastics New Research Reveals Link to Climate Change

The Nature Foundation has repeatedly asked both government and businesses to ban and reduce their single-use plastics dramatically, as, besides the harmful effects of plastics on the environment, recent scientific research found degrading plastics to be a source of greenhouse gases. Researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science … Continue reading Nature Foundation Urges Government and Businesses to Reduce Single-Use Plastics New Research Reveals Link to Climate Change