365 Days Cleanup Challenge 2016

cleanupmeThose challenges… I’ve heard about how people do those crazy personal challenges such as, “bike across the country”, “sail around the world”, or more simple stuff like the “seven day vegan challenge” and so forth. What I admire is the commitment to one’s passion or to try something new – to push one’s limits in what one can do. I thought to myself how cool it would be to do something like that too.

For the most part, I’ve always been a “go with the flow” kind of person and not do much planning ahead but I decided that I am committing myself to 365 days of beach and trail cleanups, starting January 1, 2016. On the days, I am lacking time or energy, I will commit to simple cleanups in my neighborhood or wherever I’m at if I’m traveling, or will do two separate cleanups in one day. I will photo-journal the cleanups right here on this page.

This is not work for me! I absolutely love being outdoors and it is my form of exercise. Nature is something I will never tire from and I can’t think of a better way to give back than clean up! I also enjoy shooting photography: Oftentimes, I will stumble upon something interesting such as a toy or pretty sea glass and share it on Instagram.

Are you in for cleanups too?

How I do it: I separate the landfill waste from plastics that I will use for statement-oriented artwork. The trash cans that I use are at the head of beaches and trails and sadly, most do not offer recycling – everything gets dumped into the same cans. If there are recycling bins for aluminum cans and plastic bottles, I use them. Large debris such as rope that washes up on beaches, I set beside the cans for pickup.

Wish List: I could use support as I am almost a full-time student and on an extremely tight budget. I need paper bags (if you’re in the area, save them for me), rubber gloves (size small), and most of all, gas money to drive to and from beaches. I need rubber boots too as the sand situation in my car is a little out of control! You can donate via PayPal – send money using email design[at]kristinecummins.com.

And so it begins!…

JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC

#1 Montara State Beach, Montara

#2 Montara State Beach, Montara

#3 Pacifica State Beach at Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica

#4 Pacifica State Beach at Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica

#5 Pillar Point Beach, Princeton (Half Moon Bay)

#6 My Neighborhood

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#7 Gray Whale Cove State Beach, Montara

#8 Dune’s Beach, Half Moon Bay

#9 Dune’s Beach, Half Moon Bay
Came back to the very polluted beach to find out the waves “cleaned it up. Then I discovered a tributary polluted with styrofoam and garbage 😦

#10 Sharp Park Beach, Pacifica

#11 Pacific Beach at Linda Mar, Pacifica

#12 Montara State Beach South

#13 Montara State Beach North

#14 Rockaway Beach

#15 Pacifica Beach Federally Protected Estuary

#16 Pacifica Beach at Linda Mar

#17 Montara State Beach
So glad that I was able to join up with Pacifica Beach Coalition and meet Wendy and Andrew and get familiar with becoming a “Beach Captain”!

#18 Ocean Beach at Sloat, San Francisco

#19 Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica

#20 Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica

#21 Rockaway State Beach, Pacifica

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Mostly styrofoam today.

#22 Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica

#23 Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica

#24 Montara State Beach, Montara

#25 Montara State Beach, Montara South

#26 Linda Mar State Beach at the Estuary

#27 Linda Mar State Beach at the Estuary

#28 Rockaway State Beach, Pacifica

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Cigarette butts, Subway and McDonalds trash thrown on the ground.

#29 Montara State Beach, Montara

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#30 Linda Mar State Beach, Pacifica

#31 Montara State Beach, Montara

JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC

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