“We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year.” – Plastic Oceans

The Beach Clean-Up

We had the amazing opportunity this month to get involved in a 30-Minute Beach Cleanup! It was such an eye opening experience. We found a surprisingly large amount of plastic pieces. Things such as straws, bottle caps, pieces of rubber, plastic baggies, etc.. Even though there weren’t large objects intact, we found various small fragments of plastics from bottles, beach toys, and other objects that can easily be ingested by sea life. We weren’t expecting to find as much plastic as we did. Each square foot of the beach that we stumbled upon had small pieces.

 

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The One Who Started It All

The clean up was coordinated by community activist and event organizer, Justin Rudd, who has facilitated opportunities for people to get involved in their community for the past 19 years. When Rudd moved to Long Beach, he noticed the poor conditions of the beaches around him. Since 1999, Rudd has brought people together to help keep the beaches clean. With everyone having tight schedules, Rudd wanted to make the experience as easy as possible by making the event only 30-minutes long! That’s it! All the time that is needed to help your local beach is as short and easy as 30-minutes.

You can get involved too!

Simply google volunteering events near you, or go to www.volunteermatch.org where you can find local volunteering events. If you are in the Long Beach area, please join Justin Rudd and a hundred others every third Saturday of the month at 10:00 for a 30-Minute Beach Cleanup. Trash bags, gloves, validated parking, and refreshments will be available, as well as Volunteer Service Verification Forms.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Kylie Holliman
Founder of Fire Hydrant Pet Sitting Co.

Sources:

https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

http://justinrudd.com/beachcleanup.html

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