This past Sunday, April 22, 2018 was Earth Day. The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and it is now a global movement “dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.”
Plastics are forever, but what can we do NOW? As individuals and as business owners, we can audit our own plastic use and when possible, stop using plastic bags and straws, styrofoam containers, and so much more. In addition to using paper and corn-based products, Blue Moon Beach Grill is committed to providing straws only upon request. We will be switching to paper straws as soon as they become available from our suppliers. The fact that they are backordered is awesome news! The ‘Skip the Straw’ campaign is sweeping across the U.S. and is becoming the ‘norm’ for Outer Banks restaurants. So, what is the big deal with straws? Unfortunately, they are proving deadly and are one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. 500 million straws are used EACH DAY in the U.S. alone – enough to circle the planet more than 2 1/2 times! While eliminating straws is not the ‘cure-all’, together, it is one step we can make to help eliminate plastics.
Through the Surfrider Foundation, the Blue Moon crew has adopted the Epstein Beach Access in Nags Head. We schedule beach cleans regularly and encourage anyone who would like to join our efforts, to please come out and lend a hand! Our next scheduled beach clean is this Thursday, May 10th at 9:30 AM.
Outer Banks residents and visitors appreciate our beautiful ocean, beaches, and the animals and vegetation that inhabit them. We are ocean minded and can work together to preserve our planet for future generations.
(Turtle photo courtesy of Cory Godwin Productions. Photographed in Grand Cayman in February 2018. www.corygodwin.com )