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Plastic Beaches

Have you ever wondered where your trash goes after it leaves the dump? How much of it is actually sifted through to be recycled? Some cities spend more money and time into making the most out of our garbage, but the fact is that more of our waste is being treated as such and disposed in our oceans more than is being reused. One the main and most harmful materials that is polluting our oceans, trashing our beaches and killing our sea life is plastic. There are island-sized mounds of plastic all around the world. Some reports as many as 10. It would take an insurmountable amount of labor and equipment to clean up what we have accumulated over decades, but we can prevent making the problem worse and clean up what is within reach. Sea life that we could potentially find on our dinner plates and in our restaurants are  mistaking bits of plastic for food. Some of this plastic has traveled from all around the world for years. A lot of plastic has dissolved into a powder that covers some of our most beautiful beaches for miles.

Click HERE to learn more about the impact plastic is having on our beaches.

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Not Everyone Throws Their Trash in the Bins at the Beach

By Karoline Steavenson

One of the basics of becoming eco-conscious is learning what to do with your trash. We know the recyclables go in the recycling bins, the non-recyclables go in the trash cans, and if you want money for your cans and plastic bottles you can cash those in at a recycling center.

Simple, right? Everyone can throw away their trash.

But for whatever reason some people who visit the beach don’t know where their trash belongs. One blogger has proof of this.

Tony Barboza of the Los Angeles Times reported on this issue recently when he wrote a story about Sara Bayles, a one woman eco-warrior, writer and ceramics teacher.  Bayles gave herself the task of collecting trash on a regular basis at Santa Monica beach, weighing it, photographing it, and writing about it on her blog, The Daily Ocean.

So far she has collected over 639 pounds of trash in only 158 days. That’s just one person, working alone, for about 20 minutes a day.

In one blog posting Bayles wrote that once, while she was cleaning, she watched a sea gull swallow a cigarette lighter before she could grab it.

Bayles has found other bloggers and activists who are also cleaning up beaches and writing about it. Here are a few of their blogs:

Beached Art

Our Daily Ocean

Washed Ashore

Pluck Fastic

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