As someone who grew up surfing and swimming in the ocean, I’ve always been passionate about well-being and the health our environment. At the end of the day, the ocean is the best sanctuary for finding peace, grounding, and healing. It’s also where we source many of our finest natural ingredients.
Every year, my family wakes up early to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day. Coastal Cleanup Day happens the third Sunday of every September along 2000 miles of the beautiful California coast. Coastal Cleanup Day has the largest turnout of any volunteer event in California! It is also part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which boasts the largest number of volunteers on the planet. In 2015, more than 68,000 Ocean Conservancy volunteers in just California removed nearly 1,143,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. Such amazing teamwork!
By the end of my walk, I had picked up over 100 tiny pieces of plastic. Plastic is one of the biggest environmental issues of our times. It takes centuries to decompose in the ocean. It does not biodegrade, but breaks down into small pieces that stay on our planet forever.
Today, the most pressing global waste issue is the use of plastic bags. According to the EPA, humans use between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags each year, the majority of which end up in our landfills and oceans. Many cities and states, including California have banned the use of plastic bags in from grocery stores and other establishments.
On November 8th, California voters will be asked again whether or not to uphold this ban. We are asking you to Take the Pledge: to vote yes on Prop 67 to uphold California’s ban on plastic bags! (Click to sign, it will take less than 5 minutes of your time!) Let’s rock the vote!