Earth Day 2016: What Would a Mermaid Do?
Happy Earth Day 2016!
Here at MAC we love our waterways in Matagorda County & ask ourselves if we were a Mermaid what would we do to celebrate Earth Day 2016?
- Participate in the Matagorda Beach Clean-up Saturday, April 24th from 9a-noon at Jetty Park at the end of FM2031!
- Switch from single use bottled water bought at the store to reusable water bottles. Why? Bottled water is not any healthier or cleaner than tap water as the industry claims. Reusable water bottles that are BPA-free, lead-free are better for your health and the health of your family. We installed whole house filtration system with canister filters that last for months. Now, not only can we drink from every tap in the house, but the house is easier to clean since all the water in the toilets, showers & appliances has sediment & impurities removed. Also, 1 plastic bottle can take 100s of years to decompose; plus LOTs of these bottles are ending up in our oceans. Bottled water is expensive compared to drinking tap water or filtered water from a tap- up to 500 times the cost of tap water. That’s a lot of clams!
- Carry extra trash bags or my favorite- a 5 gallon bucket with you to the beach. We visit the beach almost every day to run or walk with the dogs, fish, check conditions for watersports & sometimes just to relax & enjoy a cool beverage! It’s no big deal to spend just a few minutes of our visit picking up extra trash. Besides, along the way you might find some great shells for a necklace!
- Start a small garden. It takes a lot to fuel a Paddlemeister & a Mermaid. Everyday we are moving equipment for cleaning, repairs & our customers. Along with hours paddling to prefect our skills, search for fish, identify cool birds & explore new areas to take guests. In a nutshell, we eat a lot. High vitamin & protein salads are mainstay of our diet. Having a home garden is not only convenient (closest grocery store is 45 mins away in Bay City), but yummy fresh along with cheap as our garden is grown from seed. We can harvest lettuce & kale continuously for months on about $1 in seeds.
- Paddle to explore our waterways! Mermaids love fresh fish, beautiful shells from remote beaches & the best wildflowers for their hair. Many of the best sites in Matagorda are shallow, making getting there by kayak or SUP a necessity. It’s a great way to explore the area around you as you make very little noise paddling that would disturb wildlife & you are not burning any carbon fuels.
We’re always looking for more ways to be greener here at MAC. Share your ideas with us on how you would celebrate Earth Day if you were a Mermaid. Then again, who says you’re not?