Lori dons her ugly straw hat and goes on a mission to solve the persistent question of what to do with stuff left on the beach.
All I wanted to do was go for a walk on the beach in Brigantine, New Jersey (the first town north of Atlantic City), but I soon realized it would be more than that. I can’t seem to go for a walk anywhere without seeing trash, so of course I need to pick up trash even if I don’t have my handy gloves for picking up trash. Luckily, I didn’t run across anything that could hurt me. If trash on the beach annoys you, read on! And if trash in general gets your panties in a bunch, check out two other videos of ours: Lori’s Trashy Behavior and Lori’s Trashy Behavior: The Mexico Edition.
What You Can Do
If you are tired of seeing trash on beaches and other waterfronts, here are some simple things you can do:
Leave No Trace
When you visit a waterfront — a beach, a river, a stream, a bay — vow to leave no trace. Pack out what you packed in and be 100% sure you didn’t leave anything behind. And if you see that somebody else left something behind, point it out and return it, or pick it up and dispose of it properly or donate it.
Vow to Live with Less Disposables
If we don’t create trash, we don’t have to worry about how to dispose it, so use reusable bottles not just for water, but for other beverages, too. My favorite is S’well because it holds hot and cold beverages, including carbonated beverages. They are composed of non-leaching and non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel, that keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. And they give back to those in need. I love companies like this!
Instead of plastic bags, bring your belongings in reusable bags. I like to bring Chico bags to the beach because they are easy to clean if they get dirty. I just rinse them out in my dish water and then hang to dry (and they dry really quickly).
Instead of plastic lunch bags, use reusable lunch bags like LunchSkins. They are reusable and can be washed by hand or you can toss them in the dishwasher. They come in an assortment of sizes and fun designs.
For bigger, bulkier meals, I like LunchBots which are made of the highest quality food-grade 18/8 stainless steel with no linings, no toxins, no BPA, or phthalates so they won’t ever interact with or impart any taste or smell to your food. I take them when eating out (for leftovers) and use them to store leftovers at home, too.
None of the companies mentioned in this article paid us a dime to endorse them. We just love their products and what they stand for.
Organize a Cleanup!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration makes it easy with this helpful Guidebook to Beach and Waterway Cleanups.
Want to Learn More?
To learn more about plastic pollution, visit Washed Ashore, an organization that builds and exhibits aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habits. Check their web site to learn about current and upcoming exhibits of their stunning plastic sculptures.
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