June 9, 2020 by Marialena Lamprianidis
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word sand?
I think it’s pretty safe to say a picture of an idyllic sandy beach or endless deserts and maybe a memory of you trying to yank it off of all your belongings after a beautiful day at the beach. But would you ever think of sand as one of the 21st Century’s most important, but least appreciated, commodities?
It may seem trivial, but sand is a critical ingredient of our lives.
It’s the primary raw material that modern life is built on.
Suddenly, I have a whole new respect for these tiny particles that I so vigorously fought with at the beach!
Sand is hard at work creating dream homes, dream vacations and everything else in between.
With such high demand, sand is becoming increasingly scarce in many regions.
Now, not all sand is created equal. Desert sand is largely useless to us. The bulk of the sand we harvest goes to make concrete, and for that purpose, desert sand grains are the wrong shape.
The sand we need is more angular and found in the beds, banks, and floodplains of rivers, as well as in lakes and on the seashore.
If consumption continues at the same rate, 67% of Southern California beaches will be totally gone by 2100.
Needless to say, it’s time for ALL of us to do our part.
Let’s make a effort to leave the sand, pebbles and stones on the beach where they belong.
Every little bit helps and with the compound effect, we can make a difference. Using sand free products that keep the sand on the beach is a step in the right direction.
Let’s pledge to take pictures of our beach vacation and not handfuls of sand in jars for our memorabilia collection.
Let’s agree to leave all sand behind and give the younger generation a chance to enjoy the bucket and spade kind of beach day that we so fondly remember.
Keep sandcastles on the beach where they are the happiest!
WORD ON THE STREET
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