The Garbage Patch

by This is Carrie on June 24, 2009

I watched a video yesterday about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” and yet I was still surprised today when I got to the beach and the shore looked like this:

I’ve never seen it this bad. The amount of plastic debris that had washed up on the beach was staggering. Bottle caps, styrofoam, cigarette lighters, straws & millions of tiny bits of unidentifiable plastic – just like in the video. And it stretched for as far as the eye could see.

As I looked down the beach, I noticed one man out of the large beach crowd sitting in the midst of it all with gloves and a nearly full trash bag. We walked over to talk to him. He’d barely made a dent yet I was completely inspired.
“Piece by piece” he said and he gave us a garbage bag.


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The Jacobson Family June 24, 2009 at 5:32 am

That is so sad! Kudos to you and you family for helping out!


mkc June 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Carrie, I love your blog. Posts like this totally inspire me. I would like to think I would have gone up to the man too to help, but I think I would probably have been too afraid of what the kids might touch. Next time we head to the beach I'm going to throw a bag and some gloves in the car, just in case. You are an awesome mom!



beth June 24, 2009 at 9:21 pm

So sad.


Kage June 25, 2009 at 2:26 am

Can you imagine if the price to use the beach was to just pick up one bag per person…? Good for you.


This is Carrie June 25, 2009 at 3:25 am


It was hard to not think that exact thing with the large crowds sitting just a few yards away and stepping over the line of trash on their way to the water. If each person just picked up the trash in front of them, the whole beach could have been clean in 10 minutes. But, I know how hard it is to take action in those circumstances. I was almost one of those people who just sat on the beach looking at the sad state of the shoreline.


Marianne June 25, 2009 at 5:42 am

That is pretty heartbreaking. We couldn't go yesterday, but hope to hang out soon. We'll bring a trash bag!


Krista June 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Yikes. That is just too sad. I can totally picture you with your trash bag, picking up the beach and your girls right beside you.


knutemor July 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Piece by piece. The only way to go.


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