International Coastal Cleanup Day
Have you heard about the International Coastal Cleanup Day?
The very first Coastal Clean Up took place in 1989 in Texas.
Organized from www.oceanconservancy.org .
Now its a worldwide Clean Up day in September every year and all around the world Ocean Friends and Environmentalists are organizing and participating on Clean Ups.
In 2014, 560.000 People collected 7.250 Tons of Trash on beaches worldwide.
So last Saturday its been the day. 16.09.2017, the International Coastal Cleanup Day.
We are staying in a little town at the moment, close to the Baltic Sea and wanted to participate an organized beach clean up this day.
This one got cancelled unfortunately because the 3 youth groups who confirmed, cancelled spontaneous a few days before.
But this didnt stop us. So we just made a small clean up ourselves.
Two people, four hands, 1.5hours, 250m beach.
The beach looked clean on first sight, and we still collected 3.8Kilograms of trash! I cant even think about what might get collected on other beaches, those who don´t look clean on first sight.
We collected food wrapper, ice cream wrapper, lollipop sticks, cans, styrofoam, glass bottles, single use plastic utensils, a hat, a sock, fishing line (so dangerous because fish and birds can get entangled easily and die), also straws and other stuff.
Another thing we collected has been cigarette butts! Over 200 butts!!!
That means at least 1 cigarette butt gets littered every step!
We know cigarettes are not healthy for humans, how can we assume they could be harmless for our nature?
The butts include plastic, nicotine, heavy metals, tar and more. The get stuck in the filter and if you litter them they are toxic for our soil and water.
1 cigarette butt can contaminate 40L of water!
In every clean up cigarette butts are always in the top 10 of collected trash, it doesnt matter if its a beach or forest or park clean up.
But it doesn´t have to be so much litter on the beach if we just start to be responsible beach visitors.
I have 3 easy steps to avoid litter on the beach:
1) Cigarette Butts are easy to collect in a small tin, can or matchbox while you are relaxing at the beach. On your way home, dispose it in one of the many trash bins at the entries.
2) Make sure to leave the light weight wood wrapper safely in your bag. Dont leave food unattended on your towel, sea gulls know exactly where to find food and will drag and pick it and eat the plastic around the food too.
3) Don´t even take plastic wrap with you. Pack your lunch and snacks in glass jars and other stainless steel boxes.
If we just be responsible on beaches, in parks and national parks, everybody can enjoy a clean and safe place to relax. And no animal will eat our trash and might get ill and die.
If you research in your area there might be clean ups regularly you can attend, or if theres no organized clean ups you can just organize yourself.
You will find more informations here:
Or just make a small clean up wherever you are. It doesnt take more than a few minutes and you will feel better than if you would only complain about it.
Or get some inspiration on my Instagram Profile @thehappychoices
If you like, just tag me in your Instagram photos of clean ups and your daily happy choices. I would love to see what you are up to!
You can find more informations about marine litter here:
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