Looking for something?

Browse the blog by category:

It Starts with Me- Beach Cleanup

If small everyday actions have lead us to the current environmental state we are in, then maybe small everyday actions can just as easily reverse the damage.

How can you possibly make a difference? In 20 minutes, my husband I were able to pick up all this trash that would have otherwise polluted our oceans and shore lines

  • Straws
  • Styrofoam pieces
  • Take-out containers
  • Plastic bags
  • Random plastic pieces (broken toys, coolers, beach chairs etc.)
  • Beer/soda cans
  • Plastic bottles
  • Bottle caps
  • Paper
  • Napkins
  • Mesh
  • A sheet
  • Cigarette butts – probably the most overlooked and nastiest trash left behind on the beach. They might be small, but they pack a big toxic punch.

We were amazed to see how much trash we were able to collect in such a short period. But at the same time, the garbage left on the shores had me wondering how much of an impact did we actually make.

I had to remind myself that I am a hummingbird. If I saved one sea turtle from ingesting a plastic bags or one bird from eating plastic debris, I made a difference no matter how small it may seem. That is good enough for me.

Could you imagine how many birds, fish, and sea creatures etc. could be saved if we all pitched in?

Let me know what you will do today, tomorrow or this week that can make a difference no matter how big or small.

“It's simple…everything we do or don't do has an impact on the world we live in. It starts with me and ripples to you…” ~Danielle Richardet, It Starts with Me

Reader Interactions


  1. RoryBore says

    That is both amazing….and disturbing! I just don’t get why people still litter? It blows my mind.
    There is a big open park across from our house, and every once in awhile, the kids and I put on some gloves, grab a trash bag, and go pick it clean. When we get home we sort into applicable bins: plastic, metal, glass, compost, garbage. You won’t believe what we find some days!

  2. Scott aka This Daddy says

    THis is AWESOME. No other words can compare. You did a great thing. And you know whats sad is that there were probably people looking at you like your were nuts and what were you doing. Those people need to be smacked. I need to make like a scavenger hunt list for the kids when we go to the beach and make a game and give them prizes. Make it fun. And no Pics of the hub. come on now

    • Good Girl Gone Green says

      Thank you! We got the beach too early for there to really be anyone, but the men in the rather large trucks that “clean” the beach looked at us a little funny. That is a great idea to make a game out if it. I am sure they will enjoy that. 🙂

  3. Honey @ Sunflower Schoolhouse says

    We were out for a walk last night and the kids saw some garbage on the ground. I didn’t have a close look, but it appeared to be chip bags or something. Right away the kids picked up the garbage and looked for the nearest trash bin. I was so excited to see my big boys picking up trash on the sidewalk rather than creating it.

    I think setting an example is really important.


  4. Two Hands Project says

    Great post! Thankyou:)

    Danielle shared your photo on our wall, awesome stuff.
    It’s inspiring to see the response one small action can receive.

    Two Hands Project.org

    • Good Girl Gone Green says

      Awww, thanks, Paul! I wish I lived closer to the beach because I would so it all the time. Instead, I am picking up trash whenever I go for a walk with my daughter! Oh and I wish there were more people like us! 🙂

  5. noelle says

    that is just nasty and wrong
    i don’t get it…
    i mean, don’t they realize that besides all the harm they are doing, it is also gross and dirtying up the area that they too want to enjoy?

  6. Meyser says

    We’re going to the beach in about three weeks. This post surely will make me feel uncomfortable sitting there without doing anything. It is disturbing how much garbage is left behind. People travel to the other side of the world to see turtles laying eggs, and they just don’t seem to understand that the garbage they leave behind on their own beaches affect their chance of survival…

    • Good Girl Gone Green says

      I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable, but any trash, no matter if it’s one piece or a thousand pieces will help. Like I said if I safe one sea turtle or one fish, I am happy! Also, did you know when people dig holes in the sand, and they are not covered this can lead to sea turtle death. When the sea turtles come on shore for nesting they can get trapped in the holes we leave!

  7. MummyinProvence says

    You are doing an amazing thing!!!!! WOW. When we lived in the UAE we called the blue plastic bag the “National Flower of the UAE” – how sad is that? We used to organise Eco Tours of the region and would litter pick as part of our hikes – the amount of waste we collected was incredible … it’s now part of our make up … luckily in France major litter is actually USUALLY a non-issue but we do pick up plastic on our rambles … I have to say I had no idea how awful cigarette butts are … I guess France get’s a massive fail on that part considering smoking is hardcore here.

  8. Sweaty says

    Thanks for linking up at Thoughtful Thursday :))

    What you and your husband did was amazing. It shows that we can all make a difference, however big or small, by doing what we can in keeping the earth green. You’ve definitely raised our awareness!

    • Good Girl Gone Green says

      I actually really enjoy doing things like that! I hope to inspire others to take a few moments and pick up a plastic bag or water bottle if they see it just lying on the ground!

  9. Sunithi says

    Hi Finally caught up with all that you picked up on the beach !! WOW !! You really cleaned up the beach … who’d have thought you’d find so much !

    Am very impressed at your dedication to the cause and the fact that you blog every day. Will check back and catch up on your other blogs !! Have a great green weekend :0) !!

    Also, sorry I took so long to visit back. it’s been a crazy busy week !

  10. Tina says

    Thats a good reminder ! Thanks for sharing with *PicStory*. Can you please put a backlink to PicStory 🙂 Thanks

Browse the blog by category:

Ready to get started?

Download your FREE eco shopping guide now! It is an eBook especially for you all about the zero waste movement and affordable products that will help you live a little more green beginning today.

    Malcare WordPress Security