This past weekend, the WindWater Real Estate team joined forces with the Surfrider Foundation - Newport Beach Chapter for a Beach Clean Up.
In just one hour of covering a two mile radius, there was enough trash to fill up two large trash containers. What was more shocking were the items our team members found.
1. Cigarrette Butts - too many to count. Cigarrette butts are ranked #1 on the list of 'Worst Litter Problem in the U.S.," and takes up to two months to decompose.
2. Styrofoam - this was the most difficult to pick up. You see, styrofoam over time breaks up into tiny bits and pieces, making it almost impossible to find in the sand. It is also non-biodegradable, which means once it's on the beach and in our ocean, it will never disappear.
3. Plastic Bags - we came across a lot of ziplock bags, strands of plastic food wrap, and chip bags. Plastic items we use in our everyday life can take anywhere from 10-1000 years to decompose.
4. Plastic and Glass Bottles and Aluminum Cans - some were empty, some were full, but again, there were too many. These of course were the biggest piece of trash and are very noticeable on the beach. Plus, these drinkware items can take 450 years to decompose.
It was pretty devastating to see all the trash that was collected. But what really got to us was the fact that the beach has large trash bins, several actually, in-between each lifeguard tower.
At the end of the day, we hope this will inspire others to do their part when visiting our beautiful beaches. We all deserve to enjoy nature the way it was designed - clean and beautiful, and this also holds true for ocean animals. They really do deserve better.
If you are interested in participating in the next beach clean up, check out the Surfrider Foundation's website for upcoming dates and times.