Summer has finally arrived, and millions across the country have started hitting the beaches. It is the period when we are so excited and we can not wait to visit the shores of the oceans and seas. The beach brings us so much joy, but how much joy do we give to our oceans and seas when we visit them? Take a look below at some of the top tips to help preserve our wonderful marine ecosystems while you enjoy your beach holiday.
- Say yes to reusable Items
Placing reusable items in your beach bag is one of the easiest and most effective ways to start reducing plastic in the environment around you. Your drinks can also be enjoyed in reusable water bottles which can be stainless steel bottle or mug. Instead of plastic wrap, single-use bags and boxes I would advise you to use Tupperware containers to carry your food or a good beach bag.
During your trip to the beach you will inadvertently produce some trash so pack a trash bag with you to make sure you pick up and throw away everything. Keep the beach clean easily!
- Think about portable ashtrays
The waters of our seas and oceans are polluted by large debris and by small debris that is quite dangerous. Take cigarette butts for example: Placing cigarette butts in the sand and leaving them there will negatively affect water quality and marine life.
According to the Truth Initiative, one laboratory study found that just one cigarette butt releases enough toxins to kill over 50% of the fish exposed to it in 24 hours. Moreover, they have a great resemblance to insects, which means that fish can consume them and remain in their body, as the body can not digest them. Avoiding all of this is as simple as investing in a portable ashtray.
- Don’t just take care of your skin
Many sunscreens contain chemicals called oxybenzone and octinoxate, compounds that are used for their ability to convert UV rays into harmless heat on our skin. Once these chemicals enter the water of the seas and oceans, they damage coral DNA, preventing their development. For this reason, it is suggested to use sunscreens that have increased in availability over the past year or so. Also, choose sunscreens that have non-nano zinc dioxide as their main ingredient.
- Be careful with the open flame
Would you like to see a beach filled with old fire pits blowing ash everywhere? Certainly not because no one would like it. If you decide to have a fire, put it out thoroughly with water, and cover the embers with sand to prevent them from spreading. Once any stone you have used has cooled to the touch, move it back to where it was before and fill the hole with sand. This will neither ugly nor pollute the beach.
Also burning waste and not avoiding plastic is a bad idea. Waste incineration is illegal in many countries, but the ash contains toxins released into the air, spread around, and deposited in the sea. And as for plastic, very often we have seen animals deformed and injured by it.
We decided to list a few points because in addition to the help we give with waste removal some tips for beach care is not a bad idea. A clean beach is easier to achieve than you think—so let’s clean up our beaches together.