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April 22, Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps will be back!

Check out the locations and pre-register, or become a beach captain and start one!

ATLANTIC COUNTY

  • Atlantic City – 
    • Albany Avenue (199 S. Albany Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401)
  • Oceanville – Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (800 Great Creek Rd. Oceanville, NJ 08231)
  • Longport – 33rd and Atlantic Avenue Beach (Library: 2305 Atlantic Ave. Longport, NJ 08403 B
  • Margate – Granville Avenue Beach (Library: 8100 Atlantic Ave. Margate City, NJ 08402
  • Ventnor City – Newport Avenue Beach (Community Building: 6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventor City, NJ 08406
  • Brigantine – 17th St. Beach, South (Brigantine Beach Patrol, 1700 17th Street, Brigantine, NJ 08203

CAPE MAY COUNTY

  • Avalon – Meeting at Stone Harbor Site – 96th Street Beach
  • Cape May 
    • Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204)
    • 2nd Avenue Beach (Jetty Motel: 2nd Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204)
  • Del Haven – Sunray Beach (meeting at Sunray Beach- at the end of N. Delaware Ave, and follow the path to the beach)
  • Ocean City – 6th Street Ocean City Sports & Civic Center at E. 6th Street & Boardwalk
  • Sea Isle City – John F. Kennedy Boulevard Beach
    Clean Up took place Saturday, 9/17 9am-12:30pm
  • Stone Harbor – 96th Street Beach
  • Wildwood – Poplar Avenue Beach (Groff’s Restaurant – 423 E. Magnolia Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260)
  • Villas – Village Rd. and Bay Drive (meet at the dead end by the beach access)
    Clean Up took place Saturday, 10/15 9am-12pm

About COA’s beach clean ups and why you should participate:

In 1985, COA launched the region’s first Beach Sweeps program to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris.  COA’s Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanups of its kind in the world.  The program has grown from 75 people at one site in 1985, to over 5,000 volunteers in 2016.  Volunteers gather from Raritan to Delaware Bays and along the ocean to clean beaches and waterways, as well as underwater sites.  They join as groups (community, school, business, and organization), families, or individuals.  Participants collect and record valuable data about debris, which is presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter.

Fish, whales, birds, and other animals often mistake litter for food.   As a result, animals get entangled in or ingest items, such as plastic bags, cigarette filters, and fishing line, with deadly results.  Cigarette filters mimic fish and have been found in the stomachs of birds and larger fish, blocking and affecting their digestion.  Also, the filters are made of plastic fibers and trap carcinogenic (cancer-causing) chemicals that are introduced into animals’ bloodstreams.
Moreover, plastic litter takes a few years to several hundred years to break down, thereby threatening wildlife for decades.  Litter in waterways can also foul boat motors and propellers, resulting in costly repairs.  Finally, littered beaches can ruin a day at the beach.  Garbage slicks and wash-ups close beaches to swimming and are detrimental to tourism and the coastal economy.

 

I will be honest with you. When you have a baby…you  need stuff. A LOT of stuff. How do you make eco-friendly choices? This is a world I have just started navigating, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you so far!

 

Thrift stores for baby clothes. To be honest…when they are little they aren’t wearing their clothes out at all. Staining them possibly? Sure. But wear and tear? Miniscule. Why buy all new clothes when you can recycle by purchasing used ones? And when you are done with your clothes- you can donate or sell them to thrift stores as well!

Once upon a child and So Precious in HIS sight  are two stores in the NJ area that I love.

Cloth diapers. Ok I know it is a huge commitment, and yes you may think it is a little gross or too much work. Let me be frank with you. Babies, as sweet and adorable as they are…create gross situations frequently. After being baptized in multiple bodily fluids in one day, one HOUR sometimes… I and my husband (who was initially very skeptical) found we didn’t mind the idea one bit. All it is a little extra laundry. You don’t have to use them all time, 24/7 unless you want to. But give them a try! Even using cloth diapers 3-4 days a week or daytime only will reduce the amount of diapers going into landfills and save you money. There are some eco-friendly disposable diapers out there I have tried such as 7th generation, that uses sustainably sourced materials.

If you want to try cloth diapers, I recommend Lil Helpers. They have this awesome new customer deal, you get two diapers, free shipping and 35% off. Not to mention when you get this kit, it comes with samples and a handwritten note welcoming you. (Some of the samples were edible…I found myself prepping the diapers for their first wash while snacking on said samples) I also love supporting small business owners, and their website has so much upbeat snarky humor you immediately fall in love with the company.What mom doesn’t need a lil quirky humor on a long day?!

Re Play cups and plates are made from recycled milk jugs, and are super cute and way more durable and for the babies that enjoy throwing things…and banging things…and chewing on things…And I found them at Target!

If you are breast feeding, I recommend washable breast pads. With the amount of them you go through, throwing them away multiple times a day, every day, will make you feel a  little guilty! Throw them in the laundry instead 🙂 Tip: although I like to hang my clothes to dry outside to save energy, using the dryer makes them fluffy and soft, which is definitely something you will want.

Small choices everyday can make a big impact. These are some of my small choices, that will hopefully snowball into a positive impact on our environment! If you have any questions about these products or my experiences with them, feel free to reach out.

My sweet tiny human is currently clamoring for my attention so I will abandon my internet review for some time soaking up his adorable smile 🙂 Be well!

 

The most important thing first- a huge shout out to the 40 people that showed up! I have been doing these clean ocean action beach clean ups since 2008, and in those 8 years this is the first bad weather day we got. 50 degrees and raining made it a lil uncomfortable, but that didn’t stop the 40 awesome volunteers- many who came Wildwood middle and high school and Wildwood Catholic high school.

Together we collected 10 bags of trash and recyclables before the rain and cold got to us.

The top 5 categories were cigarette filters, plastic pieces, food and candy wrappers, shopping bags and paper pieces. The top item found were cigarette filters, of which we found 153!

Here are some pics from the beach clean up. Thank you all for coming out and making a difference, especially on a day that made it hard to get out of bed 😉

 

Clean Ocean Action’s spring beach clean up on April 30th showed 90+ volunteers came out and collected 87 bags of trash and recyclables! Comcast Cares brought snacks and raffled off prizes, as well as encouraged locals to participate in the clean up.

Top 5 items found:

Cigarette filters 690

Plastic pieces 565

Plastic caps and lids 303

Straws 224

Food and candy wrappers 207

The runners up were:

Paper pieces 180,Store/Shopping bags 172, Nails 143, Beverage bottles 116 and plastic cutlery 113.

The oddest things found were: A 10$ bill! (awesome!) computer monitor, Grill lid, Tire, and foam boomerang.

Thank you everyone for coming out! Pictures will be added HERE to this post ASAP 🙂

Thank you for volunteering your time and energy to make our beaches a cleaner place!

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day.

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What are you doing to celebrate?! You can do something big or something small- but make time (even if it is just 5 mins!) to do something for earth day 🙂

Will you give up bottled water and start using reusable containers?    

Will you fix that leaky faucet? 

Will you start encouraging your family and coworkers to recycle? 

Will you plant some trees or shrubs? 

Will you turn the lights off and play games by candlelight? 

Will you walk to the store/work or carpool instead of drive? 

Will you go paperless with all of your bills? 

Will you pick up trash when you take your walk about the block/beach?  

Whatever you decided to do or not do…have a fabulous Earth Day!

 

Hey everyone!

It is that time of year again! Clean Ocean Action is hosting it’s spring beach clean ups on April 30th

Here is a list of locations in my area- for a full list and pre-registering of groups check here.

We truly make a difference! Download the report that shows exactly what we did here 🙂

ATLANTIC COUNTY LOCATIONS           

  • Atlantic City – Sponsored by Atlantic City Electric
    • Albany Avenue (199 S. Albany Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401)
    • Gardner’s Basin (800 N New Hampshire Ave, Atlantic City, NJ)
  • Oceanville – Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (800 Great Creek Rd. Oceanville, NJ 08231) *cleanup will take place on April 16th*
  • Longport – 33rd and Atlantic Avenue Beach (Library: 2305 Atlantic Ave. Longport, NJ 08403
  • Margate – Granville Avenue Beach (Library: 8100 Atlantic Ave. Margate City, NJ 08402
  • Ventnor City – Newport Avenue Beach (Community Building: 6500 Atlantic Ave, Ventor City, NJ 08406
  • Brigantine – 17th St. Beach, South (Brigantine Beach Patrol, 1700 17th Street, Brigantine, NJ 08203

CAPE MAY COUNTY LOCATIONS

  • Avalon – 32nd St. South (Uncle Bill’s Cake & Steak House: 3189 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202 – meeting location will be south of this restaurant closer to the beach on the ocean side.
  • Cape May 
    • Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204)
    • 2nd Avenue Beach (Jetty Motel: 2nd Beach Ave, Cape May, NJ 08204)
    • Cape Island Preserve- Sponsored by Surfrider South Jersey Chapter
  • Del Haven – Sunray Beach (meeting at Sunray Beach- at the end of N. Delaware Ave, and follow the path to the beach)
  • North Wildwood – 15th Avenue at Beach Patrol Building (Lifeguard Building: 15th Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260)
  • Ocean City – Music Pier – 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ 08226
  • Sea Isle City – John F. Kennedy Boulevard Beach
  • Stone Harbor – 96th Street Beach (Stone Harbor Womens Civic Club- 96th Street, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247)
  • Wildwood – Poplar Avenue Beach (Groff’s Restaurant – 423 E. Magnolia Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260)
  • Wildwood Crest – Centennial Park (E. Fern Avenue and Ocean Avenue)
  • Villas – Village Rd. and Bay Drive (meet at the dead end by the beach access)

Most of the top things found  in our beach clean up were plastic items. This got me thinking: While plastic items are super convenience and make our lives easier, they do have some repercussions you may not think of every day while you are using them. Unlike paper, wood, and organic matter, plastic never really biodegrades. What is does do, is slowly break down into tiny pieces, through sunlight decomposition called photodegradation.

” Of course, plastic buried in a landfill rarely sees the light of day. But in the ocean, which is where a lot of discarded grocery bags, soft drink bottles and six-pack rings end up, plastic is bathed in as much light as water. In 2009, researchers from Nihon University in Chiba, Japan, found that plastic in warm ocean water can degrade in as little as a year. This doesn’t sound so bad until you realize those small bits of plastic are toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer. These end up in the guts of animals or wash up on shorelines, where humans are most likely to come into direct contact with the toxins.” http://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/everyday-myths/how-long-does-it-take-for-plastics-to-biodegrade.htm

These tiny plastic pieces also cause animals to slowly starve to death- the pieces fill up their bellies and are unable to be digested. So not only do the plastic pieces kill animals, but it can poison some of the animals we eat!

You can make a difference, even just by making small choices like paper bags in the grocery store (most stores ask, or offer you options) or choosing items in the grocery store packaged in cardboard or paper instead of plastic. (pick up your OJ in a carton, instead of plastic jug!) I challenge you to make a small change today- you will feel good for trying to help!