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Litter-Free Rocky shores of Washington State

It’s really nice to visit a new coastline… especially one that does not have much in the way of litter.  As was the case with my recent experiences on several of the coastlines in NW Washington State. There was no sand, like in Fort Lauderdale, but small pebbles and lots of driftwood. No Raker to…

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SusieQ “Talkin’ Trash” at Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School

I was asked to speak to a group of elementary school children and their parents as part of their “Green Team” celebration for completing and displaying either their group or individual science projects this past Wednesday. Many of the projects had to do with asking questions about food or the environment. My talk was focused…

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SusieQ “Talkin’ Trash” 9:30am, Saturday, on the Beach

The second Saturday of each month the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep group meets and requests the assistance of volunteers for a beach clean-up. They meet in the sand, at the intersection of Las Olas and A1A (aka N Ocean Drive), Fort Lauderdale. Between 75 and 125 people show up on any given month. Tomorrow will probably…

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Small, Rectangular Plastic Bag Litter

Yes, every litter bit matters. The other day I noticed a visual shift in the seascape — hundreds (probably thousands up and down the beach) of small, empty, clear, rectangular plastic bags. What were they doing there? Was there a dumping offshore? What might have been in them. Usually the people that pass by in…

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SusieQ – A Global Trashformation Presentation for School Children

I’m honored to have been invited to present  “How to Make a Difference ~ Young Global Trashformers” Wednesday evening, December 21 at 6:15pm as part of an evening with the GREEN TEAM. Location: Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School, 101 NE 11th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Working with children has been one of the great pleasures of…

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Banana Split

It’s Okay to Litter if it’s Bio-Degradable, or is It? One answer is, “It depends on how you look at it.” At the recent condo board meeting I talked about items on the beach that were not part of that natural eco-system, like food, and cups, straws, cigarette butts, wrappers, bottles, bottle caps, and similar material.…

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Followup ~ Jar of Cigarette Butts, SusieQ Web Site

According to cigarettelitter.org: • Cigarette butts are the number one trash item found worldwide. • Over 176,000,000 pounds of discarded cigarette butts in the U.S. annually. • Butts continually release toxins and take up to 25 years to decompose. • Wildlife is adversely affected. It seemed that some one was interested in the jar I…

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Event Invitation: SusieQ Collaborative + Sheri Kaplan Sound Healing

THURSDAY, December 1, 2016  From 10:30am – 2:30pm. Global TRASHformation Collaborative Art Experience and Sound Healing. Do you ever take a stroll on one of our beautiful beaches and then are saddened to see some trash left or washed up? We invite you to be part of a transformative experience, channeling your creative energy for…

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New Research Regarding Why Fish (and Seabirds) Eat Plastic

Its long been known that fish seem to like plastic, really like plastic. But why? Initially I heard things like, it’s small size was perfect for consumption. Maybe it was the color? It turns out that it’s really about the smell. Plastic smells like krill. Following is the story. Laura Parker recently wrote a report…

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Everyday Green Expo, Quiet Waters Park

Wow, what fun we had creating the Everyday Green Expo Collaborative with so many children and adults. Pictured here is the work being held up by the four volunteers that were assigned to work with me on Saturday. Kudos to all of them. We set up the table stations with large containers of prepared litter. 

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