SEASIDE SCAVENGE: Ethan, Jasmine, Charlotte and Sienna Rourke help in the clean up of Mooloolaba Beach organised by Seaside Scavenge on Saturday, October 1, 2016.
SEASIDE SCAVENGE: Ethan, Jasmine, Charlotte and Sienna Rourke help in the clean up of Mooloolaba Beach organised by Seaside Scavenge on Saturday, October 1, 2016. John McCutcheon

'Treasure hunt' takes over Mooloolaba beach

LITTER hunters who gathered to tidy up Mooloolaba beach today were rewarded with bottle top lids they could exchange for clothes, toys and books.

Rachael Rourke and her four children - including triplets - were part of the action.

From 9am to 1pm, Mooloolaba beach was transformed into a "treasure chest” of pre-loved clothing, books and bric-a-brac, Seaside Scavenge founder Anna Jane Linke said.

The beach clean happened alongside educational speeches and live entertainment, with participants rewarded for every 10 pieces they collected with a bottle top currency for the market.

The novel currency added an extra incentive and element of excitement for the kids, Mrs Rourke agreed.

"They love picking up rubbish anyway,” she said

"So it was even more exciting when they got exchange for bottle tops and they could pick some things out of the stalls as well.”

Ms Linke said Mooloolaba was the second stop in her organisation's east coast tour.

"Most people don't realise that the fashion industry is having devastating effects on not just our environment but also on the textiles industry,” she said.

"We live in a throw away culture obsessed with consumerism and the latest fashion trends.

"We want to encourage people to reuse and share clothes amongst ourselves, be conscious of what and where we buy and create less waste.”

The events were about "opening peoples eyes to beach pollution” while providing a way to tackle the problem together, she said. \

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