How to keep your local beach clean.

Last year I participated in an eco-collab with 9 amazing ladies, fellow bloggers, from around the globe about sustainability, wellness and the environment. I thought it would be worthwhile to share the tips that I posted on my designated day. I learnt so much through the collab and continue to learn more and more about how to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle. I wouldn’t call myself the most ‘green’ person I know, but I’m willing to try, little by little where I can. You do not have to throw out every single plastic object in your home overnight, green-living can and should start out much simpler than that.

Here are 6 ways how you can keep your local beach clean 🌞🌊✨ As an ocean lover and a resident of a seaside-city, it made the most sense to discuss that which is the nearest and dearest feature of nature to us, here. And to all of you who live near, care about or want to learn more about what affects the sea.

🐚 Take 3 for the sea.
This is a simple habit you can incorporate into all of your beach visits. Make it a rule to always pick up at least 3 pieces of trash while you’re at the beach.

🐚 Participate in beach clean ups.
If you live by the coast, keep an eye out for beach cleanups taking place in your area. A good way to keep track is to follow local ocean conservation organisations on social media so that you can always stay in the loop.

🐚 Hold on to your trash until you find a bin.
If you don’t see any bins nearby, put your trash in your beach bag or pocket. If your drinks come in plastic pack rings, cut them up before disposing them. If you smoke cigarettes, refrain from leaving them lying in the sand or water. Cigarettes are the biggest man-made ocean contaminant.

🐚 Make sure that your sunscreen is reef safe.
Protecting your skin from the sun is important, but make sure that your sunscreen is reef safe. Many sun protectant products have harmful chemicals that are highly toxic to coral reefs and marine life. You can also protect yourself from the sun by bringing an umbrella or beach tent to create your own shade, or wear hats, shirts, and other clothing to reduce sun exposure.

🐚 Invest in a reusable cloth mask.
Conservationists warn that the coronavirus pandemic could result in a surge in ocean pollution levels. With the increase in use of plastic products such as disposable masks, gloves and plastic hand sanitiser bottles, it’s not hard to see how. More and more disposable masks are being found on ocean beds and washing up on beaches.

🐚 Be mindful of how you dispose of your waste, especially what you flush. Items such as wet wipes and dental floss don’t break down and end up in waterways such as nearby rivers and ultimately, the ocean.

🐚 Swap ice-cream cups for cones. Opting to have your ice-cream in a cone instead of a plastic cup accompanied by a plastic spoon is a great and easy way to minimise your plastic use while at the beach. If you’re like me, then you might be a little apprehensive about giving up the convenience of avoiding sticky fingers and racing to eat your ice-cream before it melts. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s a small price to pay when it comes to ensuring that you’re doing everything you can do minimise waste.

Sources:
nationalgeographic.com
people.com
theguardian.com
glampinghub.com
consumer reports.org

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