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World Cleanup Day: The Global Movement to Clean Our Planet

World Cleanup Day, taking place each year on the third Saturday of September, is a global event that unites people from around the world to help clean up our planet. Read on to find out the origins of World Cleanup Day, the importance of this campaign, and how you can get involved.

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The Origins of World Cleanup Day

World Cleanup Day began in Estonia in 2008 when over 50,000 people came together to help clean up the whole country – over 10,000 tons of trash were collected in just 5 hours! The immense success of this grassroots movement paved the way for a global campaign, now known as World Cleanup Day.

The Importance of World Cleanup Day

World Cleanup Day serves as a reminder that the responsibility for preserving the environment lies with each and every one of us. It's a day when millions of people, communities, and organizations come together to take tangible actions against pollution.

Bringing People Together

World Cleanup Day brings together people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, uniting them for a common cause: the protection of our planet.

Raising Awareness

The event raises awareness about the vast global problem of pollution and it's impact on the environment, human health, and wildlife. It reminds us of the urgent need to reduce waste and adopt sustainable practices.


The success stories from World Cleanup Day events around the world inspire others to take action and initiate their own clean-up efforts, creating a ripple effect of positive change.

The vision for World Cleanup Day is: “a clean and healthy waste-free world by raising global awareness and implementing lasting changes to end the global waste epidemic, once and for all.”

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How To Take Part in World Cleanup Day

Getting involved in World Cleanup Day is easy and rewarding. Here are some steps you can take to participate:

Create a Local Cleanup Event

Find out if there are any cleanup events happening in your area, or consider organizing your own event with friends, family, or neighbors. You could use the power of social media, particularly local Facebook community groups, to put out a call for help and to get your whole community involved.

Consider How to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle

Take some time to learn about the impact of pollution and what you can do to reduce your own waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Donate to Cleanup Initiatives

There are various nonprofits globally that aim to remove pollution. BeCause Tees is proud to support The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit that removes plastic pollution from our oceans, and SEE Turtles, a nonprofit that helps to protect sea turtles and their habitats from the harmful effects of plastic pollution. 

Keep the Momentum Going

After World Cleanup Day, let's keep the momentum going - continue to reuse, recycle, and help to keep our planet free from pollution.


World Cleanup Day is a global event that's a testament to the power of collective action and a reminder that every small effort counts in the fight against pollution. Together, we can create a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations. Shop our Sea Turtles Collection to help protect sea turtles from the impacts of plastic pollution.

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