Call me crazy, but when it comes to the environment, I have zero tolerance for litterbugs. In fact, I’ve been known to pick-up other people’s carelessly dropped candy wrappers, soda cans and water bottles and drop them in the recycle or trash bin when I get home.
But, rather than harp upon my personal crusade to save the world, one plastic bottle at a time, today’s Get Organized column is meant to encourage people not to litter while at the same time, awakening the inner-artist in us all by forcing us to think outside the proverbial box and look at junk, not as trash, but as art.
When traveling, it’s not my nature to sit around and do nothing but eat bon bons and contemplate life, but having just hiked the Tour Mont Blanc for eight days followed by a week hiking the Amalfi Coast; I was ready for a few crazy days in Barcelona before heading home. Having spent a week in Barcelona a few years ago, I decided to play “tourist” one day and to play the next, which is how I ended up in the charming little beach town of Sitges, a 40-minute train ride outside of Barcelona.
Roaming the narrow, shop-filled streets of Sitges, I came upon the most magical and colorful display of beach umbrellas blowing in the breeze. Lucky for me I chose to venture out of Barcelona on this particular day, as the installation, titled: Drap-Art | Mar de Plàstics | Sitges Recicle Art was scheduled to be disassembled the following day.
The exhibit inspired me not only to look at trash in an entirely different way, but also to share my experience and photographs in today’s Get Organized column.
This year, as we celebrate America Recycles Day (Wednesday, November 15, 2017), I challenge you to NOT be a litterbug, opting instead to be a litter-picker-upper! Who knows, maybe you’ll become the next Salvador Dalí.