The Problem

The Cayman Islands have always been praised for its beautiful beaches and over the years has garnered the title of some of the best beaches in the world! One of the main reasons for these accolades are due to the pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear water just steps from your hotel or condo bedroom. In recent years however, some of the beaches in Cayman aren’t looking so pristine and are suffering from the worldwide epidemic that is ocean pollution.

Seven Mile Beach stretches the length of the west side of Grand Cayman, and luckily for this beach and all of the tourists that flock to Cayman to lounge on the beaches in the sun, this beach is sheltered from much of the winds of Cayman that bring waste to our shores. The story is a much different one when you move to the east side of the island over towards North Side and East End. This side of the island typically garners more wind and wave action and as a result is also the home of a lot of washed up ocean plastic.

How You Can Help

  • Whenever you go to the beach, do a quick 2 minute beach clean – when you see something in the sand, sea or even further up the beach in the trees don’t just walk by it, do something!
  • Change your habits:
    • Refuse plastic when it is offered to you in stores, restaurants and bars – this sets and example and if enough do it, it can change the habits of businesses which will ripple effect to change the habits of their patrons!
    • Reduce the amount of plastic that you are bringing into the waste stream by purchasing more sustainably packaged or reusable items!
    • Reuse the things that you buy for future similar purchases, helping to keep those items from ending up in the landfill!
    • Recycle – When you have no other choice than to purchase plastic, look for products than can be readily recycled here in Cayman and actually recycle them!
  • Change other’s habits:
    • Talk to your friends and loved ones about the current crisis and explain to them the importance of changing habits and help to show them how!
      • For gifts, buy them items that are sustainable or locally sourced and will help them on their eco-journey here in Cayman!
  • Get involved in other larger beach cleanup’s here in Cayman – Plastic Free Cayman is a great place to get started as they have monthly organized cleans all around the island!

“Many of us ask what can I, as one person, do, but history shows us that everything good and bad starts because somebody does something or does not do something.”

— Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer

Posted by:Plastic Paradise

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