Thursday, August 23, 2012

Day 315 - August 22, 2012

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
6.8 pounds
1,193.6 pounds total 

7 cigarette butts

Smoking is banned on the beaches in Santa Monica. 
I'm doing a comparative count with my friend Danielle who writes the blog, IT STARTS WITH ME who lives in North Carolina where you can smoke 'em if you got them on the sand. 
Do smoking bans work? 
Let the numbers give you the answer.

Santa Monica, CA - 53 beach cleanups (20 min. each) - 322 cigarette butts
Wrightsville Beach, N.C. - 32 beach cleanups (20 min. each) - 6,737

Danielle has collected 6,415 more cigarette butts than me and I've done 21 more cleanups.

About ten minutes into last night's cleanup I hadn't found a single-use plastic water bottle! I turned around right after thinking this to find a plastic cup. But I held out hope and kept my fingers crossed. 

Until the next item I found was...
The one in the photo above 
None is better than one 
I still prefer none 
Maybe you're the one
To take a reusable container to the beach next time?

Danielle from IT STARTS WITH ME, threw a big ole' party/fundraiser for Ocean Cure, a N.C. non-profit that gives free surf lessons to medically fragile and at risk youth. Her friend at BIG STRONG GIRL DESIGNS created a charity copper cuff for the event. 

Inspired by one of the best quotes to take action for the ocean,"INDIVIDUALLY WE ARE ONE AND TOGETHER WE ARE THE OCEAN," Danielle's friend printed,


Action ripples out in so many ways. Danielle embodies this beautifully. 

Thank you Danielle.


  1. Aww, Sara... I came here looking to see where you were in your clean ups and... wow... thank you. Totally made my heart smile :)

    I have to tell you that when Kim said that quote, "Individually we are one drop and together we are an ocean."... I immediately thought of you and all you have done to inspire so many people. 50 days to go!! It seems like that 365th beach clean up is just around the corner! YAY! Can't wait to make plans to come visit!!



  2. Yay! I am so looking forward to you coming here for a visit! My friend wants to throw a party for finishing the cleanups. I don't know if it will intersect perfectly with the last one so we'll have to talk if you want to come for the party or the last cleanup if they are different. I kind of see us going out together for the last 20 min. cleanup, just quietly celebrating. :) We'll make plans!!