This past Sunday, June 27th, we embarked on a trash finding and collecting mission around our lake, as part of a project we did with fellow ocean blogger Sara Bayles of The Daily Ocean.
We really had no idea how much trash was hiding in plain sight.
More on that in a minute.
First, we have to thank Sara, whose year-or-so long experiment to collect trash on 365 non-consecutive days for 20 minutes each time, weigh it, analyze it and blog it, has opened our eyes to the reality of the trash – and plastic – problem we have going on along our shores (and that means everywhere else, too).
Sara does her clean-up along the coastline near the Santa Monica Pier and lifeguard tower 26 in Santa Monica, California. This ability she has to open the public’s eyes to the alarming amount of not only trash but PLASTIC in this trash made her a finalist in Oceana’s Ocean Heroes Award 2010. Sara has collected 510 pounds of trash in 129 days so far.
No, that was not a typo.
We made a short video of our clean-up:
For the full scoop, head on over to Sara’s post on our joint effort for her clean-up’s totals, our detailed list of what we found and much more. It was SO alarming and SO interesting that we are going to do a lot more clean-ups, and a monthly clean-up with Sara, lake-to-ocean-style. Thank you, Sara, and we can’t wait for more!
Want to clean up with us? Want to do a long-distance co-clean-up with O4E and The Daily Ocean? Get in touch and let’s talk some trash!