Sunday, September 21, 2014

KIC End of Year Pizza Party!

Every year, KIC has an end of year waste-free pizza party.  That means the food comes in a compostable cardboard box--no plastic packaging.  Volunteers bring their own reusable beverage bottle.  Few beverages are supplied, but the ones that are include a cooler of water and coke in recyclable glass bottles topped with recyclable metal lids in compostable cardboard cartons--not plastic packaging.  Volunteers also come prepared with their own non-disposable plate, non-disposable cutlery, and cloth napkins.  A WASTE-FREE PARTY IS EASY!

This year, Vito's Pizza of WB donated 10 pizzas!  Thank you friends at Vito's.

In 2014 KIC volunteers removed over 525 bags of trash from the beach which included over 11,000 items!  

Since 2009 (6 KIC seasons), we have collected over 3,290.07 bags of trash.  

In those 6 seasons, we have shared data with the town to raise awareness about the litter problem.  We were invited to serve on the WB Cleaner Greener Committee.  We were named 2010 Nancy Faye Craig Volunteer of the Year.  We have presented at the NC Sea Turtle Permit Holder's meeting.  We have presented to school groups, we have mentored senior projects, and we have even provided community service hours. We joined with Ocean Conservancy on a pilot project in 2013---18 other beaches joined this project in 2014.  We were featured during a poster session with Ocean Conservancy at the International Sea Turtle Symposium in 2014 where (I was told) 70 countries were represented.  We have "trashy" items in art sculptures created by Bonnie Monteleone and the Plastic Ocean Project, Inc.  One of Bonnie's art sculptures now hangs in The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital. Most recently we have been instrumental in working with a local business to reduce the distribution of disposable plastic straws! WE VOLUNTEER. WE CARE.  WE KEEP IT CLEAN.

Ginger shows a donated door prize by "Love For Earth"--reusable produce bags.--no plastic.   Kara, who created the reusable produce bags said she started sewing the bags because she had watched a documentary on sea turtles and decided that she would stop using plastic bags.  She found it easy to replace the plastic grocery bag, but the produce bags were more difficult, so she made her own.  I have some of these and they are great.  In the picture, they are folded up, but are much larger than they appear here.  You can go to this link to order your own and shop for  other great items.  I did not know Kara's story until I asked her to donate.  Now, I love the bags even more, if that was even possible!  The items in the background are all items removed from the beach.

Gigi is one of the KIC mascots and here she is guarding the trash.  All of these items, including the deflated balloons hanging on the post, are items that two volunteers removed from their daily walks (16 walks only about 1 mile each).  All the bins are also filled with "trashy" items from these walks as well.  The posters to the left are educational.

Discussing KIC mission, accomplishments and the future.

KIC Volunteer Amber looks at the camera.  She removed 30 bags of trash in just one day!  She is a rock star!

KIC volunteers, Jim and Lucretia are just awesome people.  They also volunteer with Audubon.  

Volunteers enjoying pizza and trashy conversation.

KIC mascot, Gigi was very happy to have her BFF, Belle show up to the party.  They had pizza bones and are likely begging for those in this photo.

KIC volunteers also care for the planet by riding their bikes to the party.

Volunteer, Jeff Loveless wins the coveted glass sea turtle straw.  No plastic straws for us!

WBSTP coordinator, Nancy Fahey wins the produce bags.  

Friends School of Wilmington music teacher and KIC friend, Sarah Howard wins an insulated lunch box donated by WB Parks and Rec. Department.

Drawing the winner for one of the trash grabbers that was donated by volunteer, John Marcucci and his boss at Walex Products.  These grabbers were very coveted items,  especially when speaking of removing dirty diapers from the beach.

Everyone eagerly awaits to see who will be the winner of  one of  the KIC canvas bags donated by WB Parks and Rec.

KIC coordinator, Ginger Taylor wears a blue straw hat that she retrieved from the water way while boating.  The straw hat perfectly matches her new tshirt given to volunteers by Ocean Conservancy for participating in their pilot project of tracking debris on sea turtle nesting beaches.  The pink "Trash Queen" crown was given to Ginger by KIC volunteers, Dick and Linda Chapman.

I am proud to know you KICers.  Thank you so much for all you have accomplished and all you continue to do.

Peace and Clean Oceans,

Beach Sweep with Friends School of Wilmington

August 28th and 29th

KIC was honored to talk to the students at Friends School of Wilmington about the importance of taking care of our coastal environment.  The kids were so brilliant with their comments and questions and so full of compassion for our planet.  As KIC volunteer, Celia Jones would say, "The kids are Alright!"  

Students were amazed at the number of cigarette butts found littered on the beach and was surprised to hear that WB actually has a smoking ban.  Their young minds wondered why people would smoke on the beach when they are not allowed to do so.

These kids are rock stars and they will change the world!

In conversation with their music teacher, Sarah Howard---the experience of counting and sorting trash has been eye opening as to how much litter is actually on the beach.  Ms. Howard now has the fire to continue this effort and the kids will continue beach cleanups through October.  Ms. Howard is "Alright" too!

        KIC volunteer, Ginger Taylor with FSOW teacher, Sarah Howard and her awesome kids!

Here is the list of debris the kids removed from our shores:

Wrightsville Beach Cleanup
Friends School of Wilmington
August 28th & 29th
Zone 5 & 3

1. Bottle caps – 130
2. Cigarettes – 600
3. Balloons, rubber items – 11
4. Hard Plastic Items (kids toys, combs, zip ties) – 22
5. Straws – 50
6. Hair ties – 16
7. Styrofoam – 24
8. Plastic Utensils – 16
9. Rope/String – 19
10. Fishing Line – 18 pieces
11. Wood Remnants - 22
12. Water/Beer/Wine bottles – 9
13. Pieces of Glass – 11
14. Food Remnants – 22
15. Clothing (shirts, a shoe, towel) – 4
16. Paper items (wrappers, bags, fireworks) – 83
17. Bandages – 15
18. Plastic Debris (straw covers, plastic bags, random plastic objects) – 300
19. Metal objects (beer caps, nails, wire) - 9

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Last walk of the season, but definitely not the last walk.

 August 25, 2014--zone 4

This is the last Monday that we will be patrolling the beach by foot in search of sea turtle nests.  It is bittersweet.  It is not easy to get up early every Monday morning and then come home to sort trash and then go to work.  But the sunrise and the salt air and the ocean speaking is always worth it.

It has been rainy of late, in fact it has rained for much of August; and we did not have a lot of trash today.  We did; however, spot an alligator!

Other finds included:
8 butts
32 food wrappers
33 bottle caps
12 plastic lids
5 straws/stirrers
1 plastic spoon
1 fishing buoy
1 rope
1 cigar tip
9 fireworks
4 plastic bottles                                            
2 cans
3 ziploc bags
1 plastic cup
2 foam cups
1 unopened condom
1 shoe
7 toys
2 bandaids
1 battery
1 silica gel pack
1 wine cork

Kahuna did not find the alligator quite so amusing.

Gigi enjoyed yet another tennis ball.

Foxy observed from her post on the steps.

Ringo was happy to have Gigi's bed all to himself while everyone else was outside sorting trash.
Peace and Clean Oceans.