20,000 gallons of litter collected so far.
It's all about plastic. Wowza. It's everywhere...
Plastic really got interesting when my family and I moved aboard Kingsley, the 32 ft plastic (OK, fiberglass) sailboat. Adventuring the Pacific Northwest via kayaks & the boat was epic...but sometimes the passages were a little long and a bit boring. What's a bored guy to do but grab the camera and start taking pictures of plastic LEGO minifigures?
The plot really thickened when Captain Wifey (that's the wifey) and Kali cat (that's the horrible cat) begged Mr. S (that's me) to pack up my toys and head across the country to North Carolina. Closer to family, warmer & sunnier, lots of water to paddle and sail. We were super sad to leave our friends, but we did it. The future. The South. Pow!
It's warmer. It's sunnier. The people here are a hoot. It's salty & the water sports are amazing. The LEGO made the journey too. I've lived in the country before. We've lived in the South before. It's fun.
Then, a problem. The drive to work - so trashy. Going out to adventure and take shots of the little plastic ones - so trashy. So, so trashy. The #dirtySouth is, well, pretty dirty. Styrofoam lives. Yikes. Ignore it. I can't.
A community with litter is a community in decline. Litter impacts us all, but especially businesses and property owners. The presence of litter lowers property values, hurts local economies, and littered areas have been shown to have increased crime and poverty.
So here we are - Mr. S, Captain Wifey, Kali-cat, and quite a few LEGO figs, all helping the South rise up and kick this littering habit.
Currently we're rebranding this operation from JCL to LP, Litter Pirate! More on that story as it develops!
You can help too - join us!
~ Mr. S