Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day 286 - May29, 2012

This is my dad. 

He's on vacation with his wife Gretchen in the Grand Caymans. I love seeing how relaxed, and happy he is. They deserve a fun break from their hectic NYC lives with all the various work and family related responsibilities they shoulder during their day-to-day. 

I also love that while out on the beach, they picked up the trash they saw. 

Gretchen's email said, "trash we picked up far too quickly." While I am sure this plastic junk colored their walk, they addressed it rather than dismiss the obvious. They're still having a good time on vacation, and while they're enjoying a much needed break, they're positively impacting their little stretch of beach.
Hope their example inspires you to do the same whether at home or at play. 

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
5.9 pounds
1,066.8 pounds total 

2 cigarette butts

This is an oldie, but goodie - TIM MUNCHIN'S CANVAS BAG MUSIC VIDEO

Could the solution to plastic bag garbage clogging our beaches and waterways be as simple as his song suggests? Watch the video and let me know what you think.

Summer is here, it's after Memorial Day, and the sun sets around 8 p.m., giving people a chance to get their toes in the sand after work. I really enjoy seeing people have fun on the beach, but I also know that with people comes trash. 

I see the direct connection every time I weigh my collection after 20 min. from now until about October. Let's all try to remember when we go to the beach this summer, to bring less stuff to loose in the sand, get tossed aside and forgotten. Once you're there, all you need are bare feet, a swimsuit, towel and if I can be so bold, a reusable water bottle to refill at the water fountain next to the bathrooms.