|Glass and Pebbles|
|Spark Plug and Insulator|
What was left was mostly pottery and glass from bottles and autos. The constant waves of the Pacific broke and ground down this trash into small colored pebbles. Today the most popular thing to do in Fort Bragg is to go to Glass Beach and collect colored glass. Officially the glass is not to be removed, but when we were there we saw dozens of people collecting it. Some have made it a cottage industry with glass jewelry shops in town.
We are now filling the oceans with waste plastic that lasts from 450 years to forever. Over 18 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the oceans every year. Over 1 million plastic bottles are sold around the world every day. Much of the plastic is used for packaging and single-use purposes. Water bottles, straws, plastic trays for your salad at a fast food restaurant are used once and discarded.
Recycling helps. June and I try to recycle all our household plastic, glass, cardboard, and aluminum. Globally, the US lags behind Europe in recycling in general and we are doing a terrible job recycling plastics.
What else can we do? One simple thing is to limit the use of single-use plastics, such as water bottles, straws, and food packaged in plastic. Instead, we can take our own insulated tumbler, use paper straws or no straws, and not buy food packaged in plastic.
Fifty years from now our children and grandchildren will look at the oceans and ask "What were they thinking?" Let's start thinking about reducing the plastics in our landfills and oceans.