How to keep plastic out of our oceans?

National Geographic

Plastic pollution is the biggest threat to oceans and beaches worldwide. Fortunately, there is increasing attention for this problem. That's the first step towards a future without plastic. #stopusingplastic

A clean PaanZEE

Who takes care of that?

Nice to meet you, these are the three (step) brothers: Daan (18), Joey (17) and Thijs (15). They have been making sure that PaanZEE is well maintained for 2.5 years now. Weather or no weather, these men are here every week. "You don't want to know what tricks you have to do to get the rubbish into the garbage bags in heavy wind, haha", says one of the brothers. How did you end up at PaanZEE? "We went for a drink with our parents at Zoomers. We were talking about the fact that we would like to do something together to make money, but also for fun. When we walked back to the parking lot we immediately thought that 'parking attendant' would be something for us. At home we immediately sent an email to PaanZEE. A few days later, the manager replied that he didn't need parking attendants, but did urgently needed people to maintain the site. We immediately got excited and said yes, maybe in the future we'll be able to become a parking attendant after all... What is your motivation? "We find it fun and useful to work with our family and at the same time contribute to the environment. And we're also very proud when the terrain looks nice and tidy. " What is the craziest thing you have encountered while cleaning? "We come across everything from bank cards to bicycle keys, from socks to gloves, but also from diapers to condoms and when we're lucky, we also find a coin or two." Do you often receive feedback from visitors? "There are people who come and chat with us every week. Some tell us we're doing a great job, others let us know they simply don't understand why people throw their waste away so thoughtless. We've seen people helping us out spontaneously, and some ask us if we're doing community service. But the most heard comment is people congratulating us with the great job we're doing and the fact that the parking lot looks more beautiful every time they visit. We really love to hear that! " Do you have a message for the visitors? "Don't leave any mess behind, help the environment and us too."

What is PaanZEE?

Let us explain

PaanZEE. We're writing our name in this way for a reason which has everything to do with emphasis: P (arking) at the Zee (=beach). We've simply chosen this name to not make things more complicated than necessary. Having explained to you our name, you will soon find that 'easiness" is also a big part of our  mission.We want to make parking fun & easy. Where a nice day or pleasant experience often starts after parking your vehicle, we want parking to be the starting point of that. How we plan to do that? Let's start with offering you as relaxed a parking experience as possible, which you can arrange online if you like. We provide different subscriptions and products to simply make relaxing offline easier. Since nature gives us right to exist in Castricum at Sea, we applaud a green state of mind. Therefore we offer free electric car charging on site and several emission free products on our website. PaanZEE is the brother of CaanZEE (Castricum aan ZEE).  CaanZEE is the umbrella name for this area with all her activities such as the beach pavilions on site.