Mayflower Clean-Up Efforts
Environmental Beach Clean-up in Encinitas, California
Mayflower Party teammates joined together at Moonlight Beach on Saturday, August 28th, 2021, to remove beach trash and educate beachgoers about balloon best practices.
Gathering together in a circle with beach chairs and towels, 19 environmental enthusiasts donned their beach clean-up t-shirts, trash grabbers, gloves, and trash bags to set out on their missions. Our group included Mayflower team members, friends and family, and two employees from Party City in Encinitas.
Together, we reclaimed:
- Bottle caps
- Plastic cups, forks, wrappers, etc
- A heavy balloon weight
- Old shoes
- Potato chip bags
- Banana peel
- Brown bag
- Soda can
- Plastic dinosaur
- And many more items
As we scoured the beach for litter, we encountered beachgoers with party decorations and offered helpful advice for balloon safety and disposal.
A gathering of people had latex balloons tied to their EZ UP. We asked them to please discard the balloons safely after their event and not release them. They were very happy, agreed, and thanked us for reminding them of safe balloon practices.
The second group of girls with their moms had shaped foil balloons tied to their EZ UP. We gave them a heavy weight and asked if they could tie the balloons down with a weight to be sure the balloons would not accidentally float away and end up on the shore or in the ocean. They were very nice and thanked us.
The third group with a foil balloon bouquet had a fringed heavy weight on the bottom. We thanked them for weighing the balloons down and for practicing safe balloon procedures.
Many people were curious about our endeavors. We explained the city of Encinitas was considering banning foil balloons and shared our ideas to inform people about balloon safety and responsible disposal. They thanked us for the information and were appreciative of our efforts.
The clean-up went from 11 am - 1:15 pm. We shared lunch together and celebrated our victories. Many of us stayed to enjoy the rest of the day at the trash-free beach.
Together, we can ensure balloons are safely enjoyed, reused, and properly disposed of. Please consider organizing something similar in your community. Visit The Balloon Council’s website to learn how to get involved and follow them on social media for #SmartBalloonPractices.
We’re excited for our next beach clean-up day! Reach out to us if you’d like to be involved.