Today has been one of those days where I couldn´t really stop picking up trash from the beach in Tallinn. There were just so much plastic around.
I normally just have one bag with me to fill, because I normally just pick up what I see walking by. But I couldn´t stop this time. I don´t know, its been one of those days.
If you start with tiny (5 minute) clean ups every day, you might find it hard to stop sometimes, because if you are aware of the trash, you will see it everywhere. And in some places, its just too much to pick up just while you pass by.
You then need to make an agreement with yourself about how long you will do this or you will end up collecting trash the whole day. And you can´t save the planet all by yourself on one single day.
I had "luck" today, because my boyfriend talked at the phone, and I could not say that I got bored, theres been a lot of plastic, so I had enough to do. I found a few plastic bags too, so I could just fill them with all the other plastic trash, so i didn´t had to stop ;)
I found single use spoons, cups (I guess from people having a few drinks at the beach), straws.
I found a tire (I couldn´t carry this one away though), a lot of wrapping plastics(chocolate, ice cream, snacks), single use plastic bags for vegetables and fruits, bottle caps and a pringles box. Styrofoam and a lid for a painting bucket, and much more.
The old city of Tallinn is really clean and pretty, and the parks also (besides a few "normal" waste flying around like take away plastic cups and food wrapping).
But then I came to the beach, and yes, the plastic-situation is here too.
It´s not only on the islands in Thailand or Indonesia or somewhere else far away.
The plastic trash is everywhere.
Its making the beach and the surroundings look like a plastic graveyard.
I felt sad when I saw all these human made left overs, but I knew I did what I could in that moment.
And who knows, maybe I did inspire some people to pick up some trash around them when lying on the beach. Or when children play in the sand building sand castles.
(Plastic on sand castles as decoration, when I was a kid we decorated with shells, stones and wood)
Have you done a 5 minute clean up before? And is it hard for you stop collecting trash sometimes?
Let me know in the comments.
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