Natural Bridge Cleanup by The Giving Palm
𝗗𝗘 𝗣𝗔𝗟𝗠 𝗧𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗦 𝗜𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗡𝗔𝗟 𝗙𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡, 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗣𝗔𝗟𝗠, 𝗖𝗟𝗘𝗔𝗡𝗦 𝗨𝗣 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗘𝗔𝗖𝗛 𝗔𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗔𝗟 𝗕𝗥𝗜𝗗𝗚𝗘 𝗧𝗢 𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗢𝗨𝗥𝗔𝗚𝗘 𝗦𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗜𝗡𝗔𝗕𝗜𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗬
One of The Giving Palm ’s priorities is to encourage programs that support our oceans to maintain the coral reefs, clean our beaches and waters, and protect ocean life.
De Palm Tours, the only EarthCheck certified tour operator in Aruba, conducted a cleanup of the beach and inlet at The Natural Bridge Aruba as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability through its foundation, The Giving Palm, which is used to collectively refer to its sustainability efforts. This was no ordinary beach cleanup effort.
Given the location, wind and sea conditions, considerable planning and coordination was involved to ensure the safety of the team comprised of skilled professionals from Sea Solutions N.V. The cleaning took two full days beginning on February 14 and 15, 2023 and the efforts became a spectacle generating considerable attention and dialog about the importance of protecting our environment from tourists visiting The Natural Bridge, team members at the visitor’s center, tour guides and the local community.
Being that The Natural Bridge lies on the windward coastline, accumulated trash is brought in by ocean currents, which can have a negative impact on the environment and the local ecosystem. Recognizing the growing concern over the accumulation of litter and waste, The Giving Palm has taken a proactive step to address the issue by organizing the beach cleaning. The event aimed to raise awareness about the importance of sustainability and encourage people to take action to protect the environment.
During the cleanup, Sea Solutions N.V. collected over five tons of waste, including wood, metal, plastic bottles, plastic food containers, slippers, rope, cigarette butts, and much more. The collected waste was properly disposed and recycled wherever possible. To ensure that the initiative continues, The Giving Palm has announced that similar periodic beach cleanups at The Natural Bridge will be conducted throughout the year. The organization believes that such regular events will help promote sustainability and maintain the beauty of The Natural Bridge.
The event was a great success, and The Giving Palm by De Palm Tours would like to thank everyone who participated in the cleanup. “By working together, we can create a more sustainable future for Aruba and the planet.”