This is a today & tomorrow story. It’s about you and your next trip to the beach…
- Get yourself to a beach. (Bring along an empty plastic bread bag.)
- Start picking up pieces of plastic once you start looking for treasures.
- Pick up plastic bottles too.
- Bring it all home with you.
- Optional: Rinse the sand off your plastic and out of the bottle(s).
- Let everything dry for a day or so.
- Put as much plastic as you can into the bottle.
- Download the specimen tag below, fill it out, and attach it to your bottle.
- Take a photo of your bottle and email it to me. (I’ll post it in the Day at the Beach gallery.)
- Keep your bottle on your coffee table or on a shelf. When your friends and family ask you about it, tell them this story. Tell them how easy it was to collect that much plastic. Direct them to tpo10.org to learn more.
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The Back Story
The first day I picked up a pocketful in about 10 minutes. The next day I filled up a plastic quart container.
By this time beach plastic had become the main focus for me and my wife, Jude, as soon as we hit the sand. The more we looked, the more we saw: plastic, bottles, giant tangles of nylon rope and styrofoam and more. We couldn’t carry it all.
The problem is, we know where all that plastic is going to end up. If you read
The Trouble with Plastic you do too.
Towards the end of my trip I started shoving the smaller pieces of plastic into the drink bottle to recycle it. When I finished, I liked the way it looked. It also seemed too important to leave in Hawaii. I brought it home to help me tell this story, A Day at the Beach.
A Day at the Beach is a today and tomorrow story. It’s about you and your next trip to the beach. When you get to your favorite old beach, or a new one, start your stroll along the shoreline. Enjoy the waves, the sun, the warm sand, and your company if you’re not there alone.
After you have enjoyed the magic for a while, start looking for treasure. Plastic. Odds are, once you start noticing it, you will see more and more of it. Start collecting it. Make sure to find a few bottles too. If you don’t find one along the water, you probably will on your way back to your car.
Take everything home with you. Rinse your plastic off in a bowl or bucket. (One thing you’ll notice is that more than 90% of it floats. That’s how it all ends up out there in the middle of the Pacific.) Rinse out your bottle(s) and let everything dry out for a day or two.
When you’re done, download the label above, fill it out, put a string through the hole, put the ends of string into the bottle and put it on your coffee table.
When your friends and family ask you about it, tell them this story. Tell them how frighteningly easy it was to collect that much plastic. Direct them to tpo10.org to learn more.
Take a photo of your bottle and email it to me. (I’ll post it in the Day at the Beach gallery.)