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With tomorrow being July 4th, there is a very good chance that many of us will go to the beach if we are not at the beach already. Going to the beach is a time honored tradition, but with the number of people attending on the rise it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the beaches to stay clean. Some beaches around the world are beginning to limit the amount of bodies allowed and are requiring folks to watch videos on how to keep the beach clean before being allowed access. Prices are also on the rise to fund clean up efforts at local beaches.
To make sure your local beach stays clean and you and your fellow beach goers don’t come under such harsh regulations while going to the beach, we’ve pulled together some tips to keep in mind for your next journey to the beach.
- Travel: It goes without mention but we have to say it every time, how you get to a place really matters. Carpool if possible, or opt to take a bike. Better than anything else? Walk. Or if the water is deep enough, why not swim? If you need to take a car, park in a central area so that you can leave the car parked for the day and walk to everything you are looking to do.
- Leave with everything you came with: Whether it’s chairs, toys, food, blankets or even an item you’ve broken, it’s always better to bring trash that isn’t biodegradable back home with you to dispose of. Remember, tides change and rain storms come through on a moments notice. Anything you bring to the beach has a high potential to end up in the water and harm the environment.
- Biodegradable, biodegradable, biodegradable: If you are bringing food, use an old fashioned picnic basket over a cooler. Use eco-friendly thermos over water bottles. Bring silverware and plates and food storage containers that will be good for the environment if for whatever reason you leave them behind. Again, anything you bring could end up in the water if you aren’t careful.
- Stick to the paths: many beaches that aren’t man made have natural vegetation and animal habitats that can easily be disrupted if you steer of the paths. Keep to the pasts to ensure you aren’t hurting the beach environment.
- Leave the wildlife alone: If you see seals, fish, jellyfish, crabs, animals in the vegetation around the beach, do everything you can to leave these animals alone and do not harm them. If they are being a pest, contact the local beach staff. Hurting the local wildlife will negatively affect the sustainability of the beach.
- Proper Sun Care: As we told you last week, make sure you are using organic sunscreen that is safe for the environment. Certain sunscreens prove harmful to marine life and water when they are washed off in the water (and most of us walk into the water, no?)
- Clean up after others: Not everyone is on a mission to keep the planet healthy, so if you see anything left behind feel free to grab it to dispose of it. Don’t let it swim away in the water. We are all responsible for our public beaches whether we brought something to the beach or not.
Going to the beach is one of the most fun activities you can do on your day off. Let’s make sure we can enjoy this activity for generations to come. Happy July Fourth everyone!
We were shopping in BestBuy yesterday and were thrilled to see BestBuy Green Gift Cards in the check out lane. Turns out they are made from 100% recycled material, and you can return them to any BestBuy to be recycled and used again. It is estimated that 10 billion new gift cards are printed every year, so cutting back on this massive number by recycling is absolutely necessary. Keep these gift cards in mind next time you need to gift someone for their birthday or the holidays.
Planning on going out tonight? Don’t forget to green up your night when celebrating. Hosting the largest Mardi Gras party in the US (and some would argue the world), the city of New Orleans attracts visitors from around the globe and has come up with a few innovative ways to recycle.
An estimated 25 million pounds of beads are part of the celebration each year, and they aren’t very recycle friendly. So hold onto them for next year. Or, if don’t want to hold onto them, you can donate them!! ARC Enterprises is providing trailers to follow behind parades to collect your unwanted used beads, or drop them off at numerous locations around the city provided by ARC.
Also, check out VerdiGras which is putting an effort towards greening Mardi Gras by encouraging other more natural decorations for around your neck. VerdiGras also started the All Green Ball to celebrate Mardi Gras. This year’s ball sold out, so look out next year for how to participate.
Have a great celebration!!!
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching there is an abundance of info out there about how to be eco-friendly for the holiday. Make a difference this year and give that special someone a gift that shows you not only love them, but the environment as well.
Flowers: Everyone loves flowers on Valentine’s Day. This year, try and buy from a local grower. Check out LocalHarvest to find one near you. You can also purchase flowers from a Veriflora partner who specialize in organic and sustainable ecosystems, overseeing each step from seed to store.
Cards: Instead of buying a card this year, why not make one that comes from the heart. Remember, you don’t have to be as crafty as Martha Stewart to show someone how much they mean to you. It’s the thought that counts.
Dinner: If you are making dinner, make it a point to buy the ingredients from your local Farmer’s Market. Going out? Look into restaurants that buy local and support surrounding farms. It’s amazing the places you can find with a quick Google search. If you are in the New York area check out our previous Green in NYC post.