Want a free beer? Visit this bar in Goa and exchange beach waste for free booze

By Dhruvalakshmi Paithankar on Feb 14, 2019
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Have you visited Goa recently? Have you been to its once-pristine beaches only to feel ashamed at its now garbage-filled stretches? We all are equally responsible for the mess we have turned Goa into and now, we have a chance to turn it around. That too while enjoying a free beer in Goa!

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Yes, you can get a free beer in exchange for plastic straws, cigarette butts, and bottle caps lying around the beach. All you have to do is collect this waste and give it to the restaurant instead of cash and boom! You have earned your free beer as you helped in cleaning the beaches! 

1. What exactly is the campaign?

The Drishti Marine, a private beach management agency in Goa, along with Noreen van Holstein came up with the concept of ‘waste bar’. Though this idea has already been implemented in the Netherlands, it is a first of its kind initiative in India.

The campaign is being called 'TeraMeraBeach' and is gaining popularity rapidly. Its 1st phase successfully completed 150 days and they have now rolled the 2nd phase from 30th January.

2. How does it work?

The deal is simple - go to the beach; collect 10 beer bottle caps or 20 used cigarette butts or 5 used plastic straws; give it to the waste bar and you have your chilled beer or a refreshing cocktail. 

It is a campaign where trash is the only cash and free drinks mean you have done your bit to clean the beaches of Goa. 

3. Where to find a waste bar?

As of now, Zanzibar shack on Baga Beach has become the first pop-up waste bar in Goa. You can visit this shack between 4 pm to 6 pm for participating in 'TeraMeraBeach'. Different restaurants and bars in Calangute, as well as Candolim, have shown interest in taking it forward on other beaches. 

4. How will it help?

With millions of tourists coming to Goa every year, it is our responsibility to keep it charmingly clean. Initiatives like these are ‘win-win’ and are inspiring people to do simple acts that will help the environment in the long run. 

The Drishti Marine organization is also arranging workshops where this collected waste is being turned into different useful items. Now, you can literally create ‘best from waste’ when you are vacationing in Goa! 

TripHobo's Take - 

We love how 'TeraMeraBeach' campaign is inspiring people to clean the beaches and creating awareness with simple steps. We hope more such campaigns are initiated around the world too!