Even my earliest memories of beach walks always involve my sisters and me being mesmerized by little shells and rocks we found and collected. The Little Mermaid was one of our favorite movies (we still know the songs by heart) and of course, we identified with the beautiful little mermaid collecting the treasures she found on sunken ships. We imagined the spirits of mermaids in the shells and interpreted the shapes of rocks according to what they reminded us of, a camera for instance. This year on summer vacation on the Greek island of Crete however, our experience was a little different. Even walking along some of the quietest beaches of the island, what you find are not just shells and rocks anymore. What you find is often trash. Our holiday inspired me to devote my blog post to our beautiful blue planet and shed light on the huge plastic problem (which is obviously not limited to Greece). There is hope on the horizon though! Read this week’s blog to find out about ways to reuse and most importantly avoid plastic altogether.