Two years after a test balloon, they relaunched the adventure of “gold waste”. No way this time he would be found in a few hours. The Sauvage Méditerranée team, based in Aix-en-Provence, has perfected a long-term treasure hunt, with around twenty clues on the menu. ” You only have to register
in line from Wednesday, and to give an email address to then receive the various puzzles, ”indicates Adrien Piquera, who plays the role of“ the mystery man ”for this treasure hunt which starts next Monday.
The goal is to find in nature a chest, the size of a shoebox, made from plastics found on Mediterranean beaches. Like all the jewels of this associative brand which redistributes the profit from its sales to local associations for the protection of the environment. It’s not disclose What to say that inside the “gold waste” are … a check for 1,000 euros, to be offered to one or more pollution clean-up associations, and the new collection of upcycled jewelry from Sauvage Méditerranée, for a value of 500 euros.
“The most polluted sea in the world”
Behind the “golden waste”, there is the idea of showing that waste has value, explains Manu Laurin, founder of the association. Help us to help reimburse our ways of seeing the other waste lying around on beaches and in forests, taking into account their value until they are ignored and the need to multiply upstream collection and the circuit downstream recycling. “
There is also, underlines Adrien Pïquera, “the idea of making people participate”, of inviting people to leave their homes and take a different look at their environment. The idea for the game came to the team while reading the “Golden Owl” puzzles, a treasure hunt still launched in 1993 and to this day unsolved.
For this treasure hunt, the riddles will safely guide the participants to the place of hiding. If the participants are invited all over France, the mystery man confides that “the gold waste is hidden in the most polluted sea in the world.” As a reminder, Sauvage Méditerranée, which has its workshop in Aix-en-Provence, works with more than 20 partner associations from Montpellier to Menton via Corsica. Since its creation in 2018, it has redistributed 5,000 euros, from the collection and recycling of litter.
The first edition of the “gold waste” was won by a young intern in medicine. “He took advantage of a break to go on a motorcycle to the place he had recognized in a photo,” recalls Adrien Piquera. He hopes, for this new challenge, to reach a large audience and not just those who regularly participate in waste collection on the beach. An association for recycling cigarette butts was the lucky winner of the first “gold waste”. Result in a few weeks.