Beach Clean-Up 2017

I have been stuck on this crazy thought the past week. Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists somewhere. Everything as small as a plastic bottle cap or the plastic baggie you brought your lunch in when you were in elementary school, is still somewhere out there. This is so mind blowing to me. Our lifestyle, by default, is so wasteful. I feel like we compromise excess trash for convience. It is much easier to use a new plastic bag every day for your lunch rather than clean the same to-go container every night when you get home. Or it is hard to remember to bring your reusable coffee cup to Starbucks. I get the excuses. The problem is all of this trash has to go somewhere. It does not just disappear into mid-air once you throw it away. Realizing this and incorporating a less-waste lifestyle is the first step. 

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I was frustrating myself so much with the idea of how wasteful our lifestyles are and I did not know what to do about it, so I decided to take a Sunday off of work and go pick up trash at a local Santa Cruz beach.

One way to make a difference is doing things like this and it was such a rewarding experience. I definitely see myself making this part of my weekly routine. It was so much fun. I got to walk the beautiful Santa Cruz beaches and relieve some of my frustration about the amount of trash we produce. 

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I also discovered an app called Clean Swell. Clean Swell allows you to track how much trash you have collected and the different types of trash you found. This was a fun way to make cleaning into a game where you can earn points! Check it out in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store