Hey, isn’t this issue’s cover dope? It’s colorful, creative and, best of all, completely authentic. It was really quite simple: our art director Scrappers and his family picked up trash along the coastline between Kahului Harbor and the Jack in the Box on Lower Main in Wailuku. In just one hour they had filled three garbage bags (and the marine debris from the Japanese tsunami hasn’t even gotten here yet!). Using some of the more colorful scraps they laid the cover out on a nearby beach. To celebrate a good job done well they recycled what they could and put the rest in a dumpster.
So we at MauiTime would like to thank all the people on Maui who’ve been carelessly dumping trash (or just ignoring marine debris that washes ashore) for making our cover so easy and straightforward–we couldn’t have done it without your help.
What’s that you say? You don’t like how our island looks when it’s covered in garbage? Then do something about it. You can start by reading this issue. We have stories about the rise of non-polluting electric cars, clothing recycling, newspaper recycling and how one small company turned recycling into a growing business.
If you want to act, Surfrider Foundation often does beach cleanups around the island (they’ve scheduled one for Kahului Harbor on Apr. 21; go to surfrider/org/maui for more info) but the best thing you can do is JUST PICK UP GARBAGE YOU SEE AROUND YOU. Make it part of your routine. And, if you can, keep a mental note of all the things you do that pollute our environment, and do what you can to minimize it.
We’ll all be glad you did.
How To Recycle Old Copies of MauiTime by Anu Yagi
How Recycling Clothes Can Save the Planet by Jen Russo