lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
1,296.6 pounds total
13 cigarette butts
On Tuesday Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina voted to ban cigarette smoking on their local beaches. My friend Danielle who writes IT STARTS WITH ME played a huge role in getting this done.
I am so inspired and grateful for her diligence and passion.
We do a comparative cigarette butt count on our respective Daily Ocean beach cleanups.
I'll find 5-20 cigarettes and she finds 100-700.
Let's watch that number drop!
About two and a half years ago she started the OUR DAILY OCEAN section of her blog after coming out on the beach in Santa Monica with me while visiting California.
Since then a great friendship and partnership has sprung up between us.
See where it says, JOIN THE CONVERSATION?
What if we could create a new conversation with companies?
I'd ask if they'd consider re-thinking their packaging and reclamation of their product when it gets to the end of its life. Many people would like to ask the same questions and are doing just that. There's even a term for this conversation starter - EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY.
Companies factor into their business plan from the get-go how to track and responsibly manage all phases of the life of their product including the waste burden put onto the consumer and the municipalities where the products are consumed.
Good idea? Yes, I think so too.
I have about 10 cleanups left to do.
I'm going through my photographs, choosing 10 and getting ready for a photo giveaway in the next few weeks.
Want to win a Daily Ocean photograph to have in your home, or office?
Freebie right around the corner!