Here is a frightening fact: Beach trash that travels into the ocean kills more than one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles each year through ingestion and entanglement, according to Relic, a Long island apparel company that sells sustainable clothing and has a mission to help preserve the environment.
One project that Relic helps to promote is the installation of Beach Clean-Up Stations across the shorelines of Long Island. The program provides beachgoers with a station with baskets to pick up trash and deposit it into a conveniently located trash receptacle. The baskets provided are similar to the ones you find in food stores used for grocery shopping.
On Earth Day this year, Relic and the financial sponsor of the program, Eastern Environmental Solutions of Manorville, unveiled the newest Beach Clean-Up Station at Cedar beach in Mount Sinai. According to a press release, Relic’s Coastal Collaborative currently encompasses seven pre-existing stations across Long Island.
At an event to celebrate the new program at Cedar Beach, Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine asked people to do their part in keeping beaches litter free.
“This is our earth, these are our beaches, so let’s keep them clean,” he said.
Romaine said that he is looking forward to having Beach Clean-up Stations at all Brookhaven Town beaches eventually.
Town Councilwoman Jane Bonner, who represents the area that encompases Cedar Beach said that Earth Day was the perfect day to launch the program and encouraged people to use the baskets.
“It’s something we can all do to advocate for a better environment,” she said.
Pictured above left to right are, Brookhaven Town Bay Management Specialist, Dwight Surgan; relic design CFO, Tahsin Korur; relic design CEO, Aiden Kravitz; relic-sustainability Development Director Kasey Chock; relic design CMO, Jack Fink; Supervisor Ed Romaine; Councilwoman Jane Bonner; relic design COO, Alex Kravitz; Eastern Environmental Solutions Project Geologist & Project Manager, Michael P. Flynn; and Eastern Environmental Solutions Owner, Michael Flynn.