It was here I started to noticed the mixed messages in the community:
There was no recycling. And sadly, the bulk of our waste was plastic. Yet we had one option--the trash chute.
How is this possible in a community where all of this is in place:
- Environmental tourism was definitely key with the beach, kayaking, boating, biking, and other outdoor adventures.
- Everywhere we went, there were notifications about being aware of nesting sea turtles--encouraging beach patrons to turn off lights at night, using red-light flashlights so as not to confuse the turtles, not disturbing any nests that are found, and filling holes on the beach for safe passage.
- The clerk at the grocery store, as she was packing our items in a paper bag, said that they hadn't used plastic bags in this county for approx 5 years.
- Several of the restaurants we went to had either no straws or paper straws. One of the cafes we went to had in their menu that they were plastic-straw-free since 2016.
- Beach messaging was highly dedicated to leaving no trace behind.