Well, me and Stubby have been working together to make my next video (technical term: collaboration) and got to talking about plastic on my local beaches. Stubby lives in Illinois and has never seen California or its beach plastic - see what I mean about wise??
Anyway. Stubby told me about these local artist people who collect plastic from a beach near San Francisco and make stuff out of it. I love artists because they can turn bits of nothing into something special, but I go to the beach all the time and never see much plastic. I don't think even the best artist can create something special from nothing, so yesterday we went in search of this mysterious plastic.
Holy cowpies did we find some plastic!!
Turns out, when you walk down by the water (like we normally do) all you find is rocks, shells and sand dollars. But if you walk up on the dry sand where the high tide washes stuff up, it's a totally different story. There are candy wrappers and soda bottles and plastic bottle caps - a gazillion bottle caps in every size, shape and color.
We also found (among MANY other things):
- loads of nylon rope
- easter egg halves
- half a toothbrush
- a comb
- an empty lipstick thingy
- a tiny blue bear
- and the giant-est tire I've ever seen.
It didn't take long to fill Dutch's backpack and a large carry bag with a whole mess of plastic junk. All from just one tiny piece of beach about the size of our apartment. It made me very, very sad.
I'm not the Greenest or wisest pug, so I'm not sure where all this plastic junk comes from. But I do know it doesn't belong in our oceans or on our beaches. I can't save the world's recycled dogs AND the whole entire planet all by myself, so if there's anything you can do to help stop the plastic - please do it!
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Today my flat self continues to spread the word. He hangs out with Wilma, Brigitte & Sluggo on the other coast and is introduced to an ancient dead dude, giant old bones and a GINORMOUS tick. He also gets to be a mystery reader (very cool!).
You can read about it here on flatpuglet.com