Conservation-Conscious: Part 3 Life's a beach, keep er clean

Updated: Oct 21, 2019

Happy New Year everyone! We wish you all good tidings this 2019, and think that it will be a great year for ConserVANtion and the environment! We're hoping to plan some hands-on events, ranging from possible dune restorations to tree plantings. So far, we've started the year off with a beach clean-up in Frederiksted, St. Croix. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers who showed up to support the cause. This event, we tried to show some of the innovative ways to host a clean-up event. We used:

-Buckets (you can make it your own handy clean-up bucket that you bring whenever you go on a walk or to the beach - design it with stickers to make it your own!)

-Woven reusable heavy-duty bags (these are great for large clean-ups and heavy debris)

-Compostable heavy-duty bags (awesome for minimizing your use of plastics)

-Garbage grabbers (these are great for picking up hard-to-reach items; at our next event we will be trying out some Garbo Grabbers - an awesome tool to make clean-ups even easier!)

-Refillable 5-gallon igloo with water for the volunteers (to promote bringing reusable water bottles & hydration)

*Note most links listed above take you to AmazonSmile, where you can sign up to have each purchase contribute 0.05% to ConserVANtion for no extra charge to your Amazon purchase!

If you are looking to plan your own event, try out our recommendations and let us know what you think! Some other great items to include are: reusable gloves, a truck or vesicle to dispose of the trash with/in, and some motivated volunteers. We want you to know that you too can put events on like these in your own towns or cities. Send us an email if you need some help getting started!

Also, although we love bringing communities together for events like these, the real battle can begin at home, or in the store. Saying no to single-use plastics such as choosing to bring your own grocery bags, deciding against buying that plastic bottle of soda, and turning down those straws can help prevent this trash from ever hitting the Earth. According to a recent study estimating how much plastic is in the world's oceans, there's a minimum of 5.25 trillion particles weighing at least 268,940 tons. That is roughly 592,911,208 pounds of plastic in our oceans. To put that into perspective for you, that's about the equivalent of 296,455,604 heads of cabbage (medium-sized heads of cabbage to be precise) drifting in our oceans.

Not sure where to get started? Here are some ideas and links to start going plastic-free in your own home:

-Water bottles

-Coffee/tea mugs

-Reusable straws

-Reusable grocery bags

-Reusable produce bags

-Beeswax wraps

-Silicon food storage bags

-Bamboo travel cutlery sets

There is hope, and it starts with you and me, and the choices that we make every day.

Study cited above:

Eriksen, Marcus, et al. "Plastic pollution in the world's oceans: more than 5 trillion plastic pieces weighing over 250,000 tons afloat at sea." PloS one 9.12 (2014): e111913.

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