As a general rule of thumb to prevent litter while kayaking always try to practice a “leave no trace” policy in the areas you paddle through. Always be mindful of anything that you pack with you if you’re going to be kayaking in an area where there are no garbage disposal.
Make sure you bring everything away with you that you originally brought on your trip and don’t litter!
Like most outdoor activities kayaking will often produce trash that must be dealt with in a responsible and ecofriendly manner.
It’s important to realize the impact that trash has on the environment as well as other kayaker’s experience. As of 2015, National Geographic reported that there are over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean.
5,250,000,000 pieces of plastic in the ocean.
And that’s just plastic.
Water pollution kills thousands of ecosystems each year and hundreds of thousands of marine animals each year. Litter can even result in birds or small animals getting caught and strangling to death.
One good rule of thumb while kayaking is that you should always make sure that you pack out everything that you pack in.
You can even try to bring a small waterproof bag to keep your trash in. Non-waterproof bags might get messier than you’d like – if water can get in then it is possible that some of your trash could leak out of the bag and into the water.
Also consider that most national parks and other areas you might kayak enforce strict pollution laws.
If you want to make sure that you don’t get fined a lot of money for littering while you’re on your trip then don’t litter while kayaking!
Another thing you should consider is that the packaging on food can sometimes blow away while you are cooking if you’re not careful. Therefore, you should make sure that you take care of all of your trash as soon as you make some instead of waiting until it is time to clean up.
While you probably don’t need to be told not to litter it is still an important aspect of kayaking every kayaker should consider. Litter has a detrimental impact on the environment we love to kayak through so don’t do it!
Next time you drop plastic in the water and it starts to float away don’t just let it go. Help mother earth out and paddle to grab that plastic!
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