There must be something in the Water… Mallorca Cleans Up its Act – And its Marinas!

By : Nick Marr
  • 12,000 actions carried out in 33 countries to clean up Europe (EWWR)
  • Mallorca to trial innovative Seabin to clean up its waters
  • Island properties available to discerning buyers from €235k (Taylor Wimpey España)

The 2015 European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) 2015, which ended on 29 November, has just celebrated a record year. More than 12,000 actions were carried out in 33 different countries in order to make Europe a cleaner place that makes better use of its valuable resources.

Marc Pritchard, Sales and Marketing Director for leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, comments,

“European Week for Waste Reduction is an excellent initiative that allows individuals with a passion for making the world a better place to unite, regardless of country boundaries. From beach clean-ups to waste reduction initiatives, it’s amazing to see people coming together to enhance their local communities.”

EWWR inspires thoughtfulness and innovation across Europe and on the island of Mallorca, the spirit was embraced by the Mallorca Environmental Department, which encouraged residents to think more sustainably about their actions. This ranged from taking cloth bags shopping to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags, to buying gifts for people that didn’t involve the use of materials, more practical gifts such as dinner at a local restaurant or theatre tickets.

Alongside this, Mallorca is also looking at ways to clean up and protect its waters, which are one of the island’s most stunning natural environments and attributes. With this in mind, Mallorca will trial the ‘Seabin’ in its marinas during 2016, having been developed by two local entrepreneurs with a passion for cleaning up the world’s oceans.

Essentially, the Seabin is an automated rubbish bin that captures any rubbish floating on the surface of the water. It is capable of picking up anything from discarded plastic bags and coffee cups to oil and detergents. So far, marinas from Belgium, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, France, UK, Ireland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Croatia, Turkey, Arab Emirates and Brazil have expressed interest in the simple yet innovative product with which Mallorca is paving the way.

Mallorca certainly has good cause to protect its natural environment. As well as having a social and moral responsibility to do so, the positive impact to the island’s tourism of maintaining pristine waters should not be underestimated. Mallorca has been a popular mass tourism destination since the 1950s, as Taylor Wimpey España’s Marc Pritchard observes,

“Mallorca has that signature combination of sun, sea and sand that makes it the ideal holiday destination. For decades visitors have been flocking to the island’s shores, many of them choosing to return repeatedly or even, like me, stay for good. The crystal waters that surround the shores are one of the most precious natural resources of this stunning second home destination and the Seabin project is being hugely welcomed by all who live and holiday here.”

As Pritchard makes reference to, repeat visitors are often keen to own a second home on the island and Taylor Wimpey España offers a range of high specification properties to meet their needs. At Costa Beach, Port Vell, key-ready properties are available from €235,000. The apartments and townhouses enjoy direct beach access as well as a large communal pool and pretty grounds packed with brightly blossoming flowers.

With several excellent golf courses dotted about the island, Mallorca also offers some superb properties for those who like to spend their holidays on the fairway. Santa Ponsa Residencial is a collection of apartments with large, open terraces overlooking the course at the renowned Santa Ponsa I and Santa Ponsa II golf clubs. Priced from €398,000, the high end homes are also just a five minute walk from the beach and local amenities. The apartments have proven so popular than only two remain available for sale.

For more information, please contact Taylor Wimpey España today on 08000 121 020 or Those residing outside of the UK should call 0034 971 70 69 72.