On Saturday, August 18, we will be hosting a beach clean-up. From 9 am until 10 am, Del Mar Fans and Lighting invites anyone and everyone to join us at the Neptune Walkover in Ormond Beach. Not only will Del Mar be providing snacks and water, but we will also be giving away custom Del Mar koozies. All you need to bring is a pair closed toe-shoes, a group of friends or family, and yourself! Also, make sure to bring a smile because you are never fully dressed without one. As a thank you to all of our participants, we will be giving away one of our name-brand portable mini desk fans. We hope to see you there!
“Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends, have become global garbage cans,” said Jacques Cousteau. Cousteau played a significant role in the environmental movement and worked with Emile Gagnan to develop the first scuba equipment. With over 115 television films and 50 books, Cousteau introduced the underwater ocean world to many. Along with this, Cousteau also brought awareness to the overwhelming presence of trash residing in our oceans.
According to the Ocean Conservancy, who works to find “long-term solutions that promote a healthy ocean, abundant wildlife, and thriving coastal communities”, volunteers have collected 228,919,809 pounds of trash since 1985. As of 2015, National Geographic reported that there were an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. 4Ocean, a company which sells bracelets to fund beach clean-ups, supports this by pointing out that one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped into our ocean every minute.
Ocean pollution and ocean preservation are topics which are very familiar to everyone at Del Mar Fans and Lighting. Whether it’s family beach days, surfing, or fishing, everyone at Del Mar has their own reason for loving the local beaches. However, we can all see the harm that has been occurring to all of our oceans.
Matt, Del Mar Fans’ Digital Marketing Manager, is a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certified divemaster, and remarks on the visible trash that he sees throughout his dives very often. “Rarely is there a dive where I do not see something from the human world that has made its way down to the depths. Fishing line, netting, lures, beer cans, and jagged bits of metal and plastic are common."
"Plastic is particularly harmful, as it doesn't break down over time. Sea life gets caught in it, or ingests it, causing harm. Many divers carry mesh bags in order to bring up what does not belong, or participate in coordinated efforts with other divers -- kind of like a beach cleanup on the ocean bottom” Matt notes. For more information about those types of activities, Matt suggests looking at Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris.
Even our land-loving Del Mar family members do their part in the clean-up of our beaches. Del Mar Fans and Lighting hosts four beach clean-ups a year in Ormond Beach, Florida. During the last beach clean-up in May, Del Mar picked up approximately 90 pounds of trash in just over an hour. This month we are confident that we can surpass 100 pounds of trash removal.
5 Additional Ways You Can Help:
- 1. Avoid plastics bags, and plastic products when coming to the beach.
- 2. Throw any and all trash away.
- 3. Recycle
- 4. Avoid using products which contain microbeads.
- 5. Share the knowledge.
Plastic pollution not only takes longer to decompose, but it can also harm wildlife through ingestion and by destroying habitats.
We should always be cleaning up after ourselves, but we can also clean up trash that isn’t ours. If you see trash pick it up. If we all use the excuse “it isn’t mine”, then we will never have clean beaches.
If you can use something again, such as bottles, make sure to do this to avoid creating more waste. Also, it saves you money!
Soaps and scrubs which contain microbeads have continued to receive news coverage as they are growing source of pollution. Avoid products which contain “polyethylene” and “polypropylene”.
“What they don’t know can’t hurt them” is certainly not always true. Especially in the instance of our environment. If you have the chance, spread the knowledge so that we can all work together to achieve healthier beaches and a population which is more aware.
One of Del Mar Fans and Lighting’s core values is philanthropy. Aside from the quarterly beach-clean-up, Del Mar has also supported the Habitat for Humanity, Winward Behavioral Care, WORC, Inc., and the Salty Church. Click below to follow Del Mar Fans and Lighting on Facebook and be updated with any upcoming events they are hosting.
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