Many of you following this blog have said you enjoy the photos of where we’ve been. Today, the pictures are more disturbing. They begin at home.
Waves lap and grind coral and stone to a fine sand. They also carry seaweed and garbage. Lee shores are the depository for carelessness of folks on land. Sometime it’s the carelessness of folks on the water as well.
Seaweed is a natural part of the beach, the garbage that get’s tangled in the muck is not.
You’d think these pictures are about local garbage only. I can tell you first hand, they are not. The Captain and I have seen floating garbage as far as 100-200 nautical miles from shore. Deflated helium balloon bouquets are another frequent sight.
Garbage is a problem everywhere. There’s so much. We live in an era where a garbage truck comes to the end of our drive and picks up the garbage regularly. We think nothing of where it goes from there. Most US communities have recycling services. Yet, we rarely think of what it takes to dispose of the garbage we’ve made.
On a boat we take recycling seriously, especially if there is a service on an island. It doesn’t happen very often, but we try to take advantage of the opportunity.
Mostly, we reduce our garbage consumption.
When possible, we buy goods with less packaging. We dispose of large boxes before we ever get to the boat, sometimes at the store we purchased the goods.
Water is filtered on our boat, eliminating the need for water bottles. Plastic is the biggest culprit of beach trash.
So when you go about your daily chores, think about the trash you generate and see if you can’t find a way to eliminate and downsize your refuge, rather than add to a growing problem in the beautiful planet we live on.
Pay It Forward.
Do you recycle? Where in your daily life can you cut down on the trash being generated?