Furniture and Furnishings

  • Michael Stachowitsch


You’d think that one of the reasons folks go to the beach is to “get out of the house.” If that’s true, then it’s a bit of a mystery why we take (and leave) so much furniture there. It seems as if we try to put as much material between us and the sand as possible, not to mention bringing a table and roof over our heads (beach umbrellas), mini-fridges (cool boxes), and kitchens (grill). Most of these items are cheap, foldable, spindly, and fragile. Instant marine debris. And you could probably almost recreate your home environment from the many other electric and electronic appliances left on or swept up onto shore. Ever wonder where all the cellphones, computers, and TVs you so often replace end up? You may well get to see them again on your next beach vacation!


Appliances Beach chair Beach umbrella Electronic waste Sunbed TV 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Stachowitsch
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  1. 1.Department of Limnology and Bio-OceanographyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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