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Garbage Pickup on Oahu Shores: An Introduction to Worldschooling

Garbage Pickup on Oahu Shores:

An Introduction to Worldschooling

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Plastic lid left when the tide receded

While the boys are only four and two, they are always eager helpers! We have been in Hawaii for two weeks now, and almost everyday we walk 100 yards down the beach to a big sand pile to play. We had a large storm over the weekend and depending on the tide, there are hundreds of broken up pieces of plastic littering the beach. After this particular storm, there was wood debris and an assortment of larger plastic items laying on the beach. While hunting for sea glass used to be the norm, in today’s world, that has been replaced with plastic pop bottles and shards of hard plastic on the world”™s beautiful beaches, the items”™ original intent, long broken up by the forces of the ocean.

Piles left from the tide include wood debris and trash

Piles left from the tide include wood debris and trash

In Vancouver, we sort our food waste into an organics bin; cans, plastic, glass, paper, cardboard and Styrofoam into the recycling bin; and actual garbage into the trash can (in our household this amounts to soiled diapers, dirty plastic wrap from food, broken toys, and other miscellaneous waste from around the house. If we were really diligent about sorting, the garbage would amount to about half a trash can a week at the most).


Hawaii now has a green bin for garden clippings, a blue bin for cans, bottles, cardboard and newspapers and a trash bin for trash. Trash is incinerated and produces power that is sold to Hawaiian Electric. About 8% of the electricity on Oahu, comes from the H-POWER plant

Plastic Bottles are often seen on the beach

Plastic Bottles are often seen on the beach

While driving home from Waikiki yesterday, my uncle and I talked about the floating island of plastic, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is made up of mostly small particles of plastic, chemical sludge and debris caught up in the current.

Treasure Found

Treasure Found

This gave me an idea. An idea about worldschooling.


Most traveling families talk of “world schooling” instead of traditional education, and it is a very fluid topic. Because of the ages of my boys, it is not a topic that I am in any way an expert. To me, it encompasses children learning from hands on activities that the locals partake in, to math activities derived from counting money to make a purchase at a local market. While some traditional school concepts still exist, most children learn practical skills and get to experience things that many other children will lean about from textbooks.

While I am not a world schooling expert, Here are a few posts to check out on the subject

Jessie from Wandering Educators on Worldschooling Tips

Alyson from World Travel Family on Worldschooling

Amy from WorldSchool Adventures on Worldschooling



So after I had this idea about garbage and worldschooling, this morning we picked up our garbage bag and headed back to our little sand pile. On the way, we picked up plastic jar lids, broken ropes, broken plastic shards, a discarded flip flop and styrofoam. While no exciting finds were made, the boys felt like treasure hunters, running from one piece of plastic to the next.

Oahu Trash Pickup in Progress

Oahu Trash Pickup in Progress

There are hundreds of plastic shards on this small stretch of beach, and we didn’t even come close to picking up half of them. Not even one percent. We collected some of the larger pieces, ones that would break into hundreds of smaller ones as the waves’ ferocity pulled them on and off the beach with the tides.

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Markus carrying the bag of Trash

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Maths taking his turn

Garbage Pickup on Oahu

Our haul, better in the trash then on the beach

While they lost interest and preferred climbing in the sand after about 10 minutes, and only one small bag of trash made it off the beach and into the trash can, I hope that the lesson on what we can recycle and what happens when we do not put things in the trash will remain with them.

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6 thoughts on “Garbage Pickup on Oahu Shores: An Introduction to Worldschooling

  1. Katja

    This is such a good idea and a great way for children, even little ones, to understand that they too can make a difference.

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