Huge Amounts Of Trash Wash Ashore!

Humans generate incredible amounts of trash,
and due in great part to a lack of caring,
a substantial amount of that trash ends up on beaches.

With each trip to the beach, if every sea-beaner picked up one bag of trash,
and then someone else on the beach saw this and also picked up a bag of trash,
and then someone else saw that person do it...

Check out "Alice's Trash Talk" - A video presentation at a Sea-Bean Symposium

Don't miss the annual: International Coastal Cleanup
For Southeast Florida, visit: Coastal Cleanup Corporation

Some numbers:
  • In one day, the annual coastal cleanup managed by the Ocean Conservancy collected
  • nearly 3.7 million pieces of debris from the USA's beaches...    ONE DAY!
  • Pacific Whale Foundation supports beach cleanups. Visit their site and then search for: trash.
  • People dump more than 650,000 plastic bottles into the oceans EACH DAY.
  • ocean sources dumped over 18 billion pounds of garbage into the sea every year--more than
  • 1.5 million pounds EVERY hour!

    Every year, endangered marine animals, such as sea turtles and whales,
    become entangled in oceanic debris or die from ingesting plastics and other inappropriate items.

    The Sea-bean/Trash connection:
    Trash and sea-beans float and wash ashore. If all sea-beaners simply picked up a single bag of trash while looking for sea-beans, not only would the beach be a better place, but you'd also find more sea-beans! Bending over is good exercise and causes you to look closer at the beach when picking up trash. This process causes me (and probably you too!) to notice sea-beans that would otherwise be overlooked.

    Some important links about PLASTICS (and other trash)
  • A Guide to Ocean and Marine Pollution
  • Clean Our Oceans: The Impact of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • The Ocean Cleanup - "The largest cleanup in history"
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn't what you think - a "60 Minutes" segment: The Plastic Plague
  • To watch the 2-part series aired on 60 Minutes: Click Here
  • Guide to Marine Plastic Pollution
  • Put trash in its place... BLUE TUBE makes it easy!
  • Marine Debris Tracker - a mobile phone app
  • The Dangers of Plastic Pollution to Marine Life
  • Balloons Blow - Environmental Conservation
  • Algalita.org - Marine Research and Education. "To lead the world to a plastic pollution free future."
  • For more on plastics, see also: Lightsticks
  • MacDonald Productions - Producer of "Synthetic Sea: Plastics in the Ocean". See YouTube video Synthetic Sea
  • Sea Web - SeaWeb is a Project of The Ocean Foundation, a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote
  • those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world.
  • The Harbinger - Don't Teach Your Trash to Swim
  • NOAA's articles on marine debris
  • Note: the word "plastic" occurs on 7 of the 12 lines listing the top dozen items found on US shores in the 1996 Coastal Cleanup
  • Ocean Conservancy - To protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges.

  • Some links about RECYCLING to help limit trash ever making it to the oceans!
  • Nico's Quest to Recycle: A Kid's Guide To Recycling
  • Selling, Donating and Recycling Old Clothing - Thanks to Michelle for suggesting this link; Sept. 2020
  • Comprehensive Recycling Guide - This link submitted by James C. in March 2020
  • Recycling 101: How & Why You Should Recycle - This link submitted by James C. in March 2020
  • The Trash One Person Produces In One Year - This link was suggested by Natalie, early May 2019; thanks Natalie!
  • "A Kid’s Guide to Reducing, Reusing & Recycling Waste" - by HomeAdvisor
  • Cigarette Butt Litter - The Facts About Cigarette Butts (containing plastic!) and Litter
  • GreenSeas - The aim of GreenSeas Trust is to educate, promote and implement environmental programs to eliminate plastics entering the seas and coastal areas.

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