Dave and I have always tended to pick up trash when we’re out, whether it be on the beach, in the dinghy, on the side of the road or whatever.
Not big “Clean Up Day” stuff, but typically starting by seeing one item, then another, and pretty soon we’d spot a plastic grocery bag and end up filling it . . . and sometimes a second one too. And yes, sometimes we’d even plan to pick up a little trash and bring a bag with us.
It only takes a couple of seconds to pick this up:
Maybe a minute to clean out this ditch (and there’s a fairly clean bag to put the other stuff into):
In Florida, we each picked up what seemed to be miles of monofilament fishing line in the time it took the other one to use the nearby restroom:
A year ago, through the Facebook Women Who Sail* group I learned about the Ten on Tuesday concept to reverse litter. It’s a movement in North Texas to clean up litter, particularly in waterways, by pledging to pick up ten pieces of litter every Tuesday and disposing of it responsibly.
If everyone picks up just a few pieces, it’s not hard work for anyone. And it’ll make a huge difference. One of the WWS members challenged all of us to pick up a bag of trash when walking the beach. And now I’m passing this challenge on to you.
Maybe we’ll see more gorgeous beaches like that pristine one in the top photo (Isla Coronados near Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico). And fewer disturbing photos such as this one of birds dying from ingesting so much plastic (this was on Midway Island in the middle of the Pacific, near the Great Pacific Garbage Patch):
How about making Tuesday Trash Day a part of your life? Just pick up ten pieces of trash every Tuesday. Who knows, maybe we’ll just forget what day it is and pick up some every day!
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Thanks to all who DO pick up the trash that others so carelessly throw —
*The Women Who Sail group is a closed group (meaning that you have to request to join) for all women who boat (not just on sailboats, despite the name), formerly boated or dream of boating. It’s a great group of really helpful and supportive women, ranging from complete newbies to those with hundreds of thousands of sea miles.