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Our Battle Against Trash

At Sea Candy we pick up more than just sea glass; we also pick up trash. We try to dedicate at least a few hours a week to keeping our beaches clean. Over the years we have noticed a dramatic increase in trash along our beaches. A few years ago, the only trash we would find on the beach was trash that missed the trashcan. But in recent years there has been trash washing in from the ocean as well. Strands Beach Clean Up 1Some of the trash is easy to pick up; such as water bottles, bottle caps, pens, cans, and cups. However, the real problem is styrofoam and thin brittle plastic. These types of materials break down into smaller pieces which makes it tedious to pick them up. In addition, products such as styrofoam take 500 years to biodegrade. To put that into perspective… if Christopher Columbus threw a styrofoam cup into the ocean the day he discovered America, it would still be floating out there today. Keep in mind styrofoam was first used in 1931, and was not used in great volume until the 1970s. In this short amount of time it has managed to become a bigger threat to our oceans than any other material. At this rate, our beaches will look like they are covered in snow within the next 50-100 years. To combat this we must cut down on plastic consumption and eliminate styrofoam all together. We are working hard to combat the source of the problem, and Styrofoamcurrently donate 20% of all charity item purchases to the Surf Rider Foundation. The Surf Rider Foundation strives to keep our oceans clean. We are also working with a few other companies who have similar interests in finding a solution to this problem. With that being said, getting down and dirty and picking up trash is the easiest, most effective way to keep our beaches clean. Because of this, we are offering 25% off to anyone who sends in a picture of themselves picking up trash. If you do not live near the beach, do not fret. We are offering the discount to anyone who picks up trash in general. Trash that is not in a trashcan finds its way into the ocean one way or another. We would love to spread the word and add your pictures to our blog! Send in your picture to info@seacandyjewelry.com and let us know if we have permission to put your photo on our website. We will message you back with your discount code. In addition, keep an eye out for beach clean-ups that we will be hosting in the near future. 

PS: We do not get any of our sea glass from the beaches we pick up trash at. We find all of our glass at clean inviting beaches located in Laguna Beach, CA. A majority of the beaches we pick up trash at are located in Dana Point, CA.

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Sea Glass Marbles

Every day at the beach is a treasure hunt with endless possibilities. With each piece of sea glass being unique, there is no telling what you are going to find. Whenever Olivia and I head down to the beach to look for sea glass we have a tradition of competing to find not only the rarest color but also the smoothest most aged piece of sea glass. On an average day a pristine cobalt piece or even a lavender takes the win, but every once in a blue moon one of us stumbles upon a sea glass marble. For the lonIMG_5512gest time we were baffled on how marbles found their way into the ocean. Did a young child lose his marble down the drain playing a game? As time passed we found more and more marbles and the story of the child losing his marble started to seem less and less likely. So we went to the streets in search of an answer and here is what we came back with. The first explanation came from some locals that live in Laguna Beach. They informed us that marbles were commonly used by painters to help mix up the paint. With all of the houses right on the coast it is no wonder some of them found their way into the ocean. The second source of marbles we found was old bottles. Back in the day some carbonated drinks used marbles as stoppers. Upon taking off the cap you would push down on a marble popping it into the bottle and releasing the carbonation. Today there is only one drink I know of that still uses this method. That drink is Ramune, it is a drink I had growing up as a child and is always a blast. If you have IMG_5506never tried one I recommend running down to your local asian market and giving it a try. The last source and by far the coolest is that they were used on old ships as ballasts. Ballasts are items other than cargo used to weigh down a ship. By adding weight to the bottom of a ship you increase its stability, especially in harsh condition. So as a solution sailors would take barrels and fill them to the brim with marbles. This turned out to be a very cost-effective way of getting the job done. Every once in a while one of these ships would sink releasing thousands of marble into the ocean. Regardless of where the marbles came from they are an amazing find and will be sure to put a smile on your face. Below are some pictures of our finds. You can see how some of them vary in size. Looking at the size is a good indication of how old the marble is. Smaller marbles have been in the ocean longer and are considerably older than the bigger ones. Share your marble stories and pictures with us in the blog below! We would love to hear all about it :)IMG_5500

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