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Going Green at the Beach

June 9, 2014

Going green at the beach doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a little forethought and planning, we can make a big impact on keeping our beaches and oceans clean and beautiful for generations to come. Here are a few tips on going green at the beach this summer:

-TRAVEL LIGHT. While ideally walking or biking to your favorite spot is the most favorable mode of transportation, it is not always feasible. If you must drive to the beach opt for a car pool or take the bus.

-STAY ON THE BEATEN PATH. Always use walkovers or paths that have been created for your use. Never walk through sand dunes or wildlife areas. Dunes protect land against storm waves and harbor specialized plants and animals.

-ONLY LEAVE FOOTPRINTS BEHIND. Don’t be a litter bug! Pick-up all  trash and dispose of properly.No recycling bins at the beach? Carry items home and place in your recycling bins instead of tossing them in with the regular trash.

EAT CLEAN. Ready for a picnic at the beach? Be sure to pack local/organic food and beverages in reusable containers. Fill reusable water bottles with your favorite organic and natural drinks. Avoid disposable plates, napkin and cups that can fill up our landfills and oceans.

– USE SAFE SUNSCREEN. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that the sun causes 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancers and 65% of melanoma skin cancers, not to mention that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. But all sunscreens are not the same. Your best option is to purchase sunscreens which contain safer ingredients such as zinc and titanium. Chemicals in sunscreen are thought to cause coral bleaching which in turn causes a virus in the algae to grow.  The virus kills off the alga and since coral feeds on algae, it makes it difficult for the coral to survive. To keep our oceans healthy, look for sunscreens that are eco-friendly and that have physical blockers such as dioxide and zinc oxide. These chemicals are safer for our oceans AND our bodies. Visit the Environmental Working Group for a guide to the safest sunscreens for your family.

-CHOOSE ECO-FRIENDLY BEACH TOYS. Avoid petroleum-based toys for the beach. There are many natural beach toy alternatives available these days made from biodegradable materials, wood, rope or even cotton. Also consider purchasing items from second hand stores or borrow from friends!

-BUY AND DRY NATURALLY. After a fun day at the beach, rinse out swim suits with cool water and then  air dry along with towel and other items. When purchasing your beach gear opt for natural fibers such as cotton and hemp. Not only is it more eco-friendly, it will be cooler on those hot sticky days!


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