two plastic forks. one plastic water bottle. et al. taken while running through the Marina.
“Storm Drains Flow to the Bay”
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. Nature vs. plastics.
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!
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.
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).
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/