One of our amazing friends @sunnyyddee shared what she and her surf student did before AND after their surf session! We love for inspiring others to follow her example!
Here are 9 good reasons to join the 10 Pieces movement:
IMPACT - Less litter on the beach & in the ocean brings benefit to animals and humans. Not only is litter unsightly and capable of ruining our experience in nature, it also poses danger to animals that may ingest it. By removing litter, we are ensuring that it doesn’t end up in our oceans.
SCALE - Ten pieces sounds like a nominal number, but it’s scaled immensely when the collective power of a group of surfers joins in. With a group of just 12 beach-goers the 10 pieces quickly turns into 120. And if there’s another group of 12 vacationers at the same place the next week, that’s another 120 pieces of litter. It soon adds up.
EASE - Ten pieces of litter can be collected in under 60 seconds; anyone can do it, alone or with friends, on an organized excursion or not, and it costs nothing.
OUR PLANET'S FUTURE - As more surfers, beach-goers & vacationers enter our salty sandy environments, so does infrastructure and therefore non-biodegradable waste. Litter control programs are therefore critically relevant for future generations.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE - When vacationers see locals respecting their home by collecting litter, it encourages them to be responsible about their waste disposal. With this understanding, they can lobby for better litter disposal methods for their communities, and they also become less likely to throw litter into their environment themselves.
LEAVING NO TRACE - We are all accustomed to the phrase “take only photographs, leave only footprints." Well we have expanded the “Leave No Trace” concept, to “take only photographs and 10 pieces of litter, and leave only footprints.” FORWARD PLANNING - There’s no point collecting litter if it’s disposed of incorrectly. Before offering 10 Pieces on a beach day, we ensure that we can dispose of litter responsibly. In some cases, this means transporting it to the nearest recycling place.
INSPIRING OTHERS - We encourage other surfers to build the 10 Pieces initiative into their surfs!