plastic storm drains.

two plastic forks. one plastic water bottle. et al. taken while running through the Marina.

 

one plastic juice box straw. plastic duck tape. plus paper litter. taken on Divis at Bush.

“Storm Drains Flow to the Bay”

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Grasshopper’s Ocean Beach Discovery

Straws are a common find on all SF beaches – this one was found by Grasshopper on Ocean Beach this morning next to the carcass of a crab. Chilling reminder of how plastics in the ocean harm sea creatures .

I don’t know how this little crab came to his demise on the beach but I bet he hated plastic straws. I found some straws on Baker Beach this morning too. Yep, I find them every day.┬áNature vs. plastics.

You find the darndest things at the beach…

In addition to the usual suspects – plastic straws, styrofoam pieces, little plastic bits – I found a plastic bag full of shwaggy marijuana on the beach this morning… Bet someone’s bummed about that one. I guess plastic is used for just about everything.

Plastics Rant

At the beach this morning I found a variety of annoying plastic but the worst by far was a tiny little 8oz water bottle. Crystal Geyser and Trader Joe’s are both making and selling these now. How absolutely annoying and maddening that now there is a market for a teeny tiny 3 sip bottle of water that is gone within seconds and then left on the beach or wherever the consumer decides to leave it. As if the 12oz wasn’t bad enough. Yes, I found straws too. And bottle caps and all of the usual small hard plastics. Stay away from Baker Beach tiny water bottle drinking people!

Lemonade from lemons…

In Uganda plastic pollution is a big problem. Ugandan women have begun making woven bags out of used plastic drinking straws. While I would prefer to eliminate plastic straws all together, this is a very creative and really quite beautiful use of plastic waste. I want one.

http://www.strawbags.org/

Big pink straw I tripped over at the beach this morning

We had about 150 people show up for our latest clean up this last weekend so it’s been pretty clean at Baker . But as of this morning the beach was getting a bit grubby again and I tripped over this big bright pink straw and picked up a bunch of other plastic. Bummer.

 

 

the us uses too many plastic straws. WHY?

According to Be Straw Free, a non-profit started by a fourth grader who decided to stop using plastic straws, approximately 500 million disposable plastic straws are used in the US everyday. This is approximately 1.6 straws per person per day.

These plastic straws are ending up in storm drains and in our oceans! And as stated in an earlier post, plastic straws are one of the top TEN things picked up at beach cleanups (According to Ocean Conservancy).

Here’s a goal for you:

CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO USE NO PLASTIC STRAWS THIS WEEKEND

(it’s difficult, i can tell you that much).

 

 

 

 

plastic straws one of top 10 items found on beaches.

According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic straws make up approximately 4% of beach litter and over the last 25 years, over 6.2 million plastic straws have been picked up during International Beach Cleanup Day, a day designated to cleaning beaches all over the world. Ocean Conservancy collects information on the type and quantity of debris on our beaches!

FYI. International Beach Cleanup Day is this SATURDAY. If you live in SF, come out to Ocean Beach for the cleanup at 9AM at Judah. Or find a cleanup in your town at: http://www.signuptocleanup.org/