9 Ways You Can Keep The Beach Clean And Save The Ocean
We love our beach days so much, chilling with a margarita and soaking up the sun… The best ever! And if we want to keep it up, we must keep the beach clean.
Did you know that by this year (2015), over 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic are in our oceans? Over 269,000 tons of debris roam the surface and kill more than 200,000 members of the marine life a year… And the number is rising and both the west and east trash vortex are growing!
Most of us who are frequently on social media sites like Facebook have seen around videos like that one with a turtle bleeding from her nose thanks to a trapped straw, or Chris Jordan‘s photography set of birds filled with plastic they’ve accidentally ingested. Things that, due to their graphic nature we won’t show but you get the picture.
The best way to stop this is to prevent more trash from going into our beautiful oceans! In that manner, that’s how we can also prevent more and more animals to suffer from our debris! It’ll also keep our beautiful coral reefs safe and sound for us to keep diving and snorkeling.
Here’s 9 ways you can keep both the beach and the ocean clean and safe from our leftovers:
Leave Plastic Behind
Stay away from those evil plastic bags! The best you can do is bring your snacks and such in reusable bags or containers! It is a perfect prevention method and you still get to enjoy those chips and chocolates you love so much.
Throw Everything Away
Bring your own bags with you, this will ensure you throw everything away! Trash doesn’t just disappear and we all know it, so take everything you brought back with you and that will make the ocean smile.
If You Spot Trash…
You’re most likely to find a bottle or two as you stroll on the beach! It’s okay if you safely pick it up and throw it away. We know it’s impossible for you to go OCD and pick up everything you spot on the beach, but picking up a couple of leftovers will do good to keep the beach clean.
Make Small Changes
Details matter a lot here, for example you could bring a reusable water bottle to your beach day instead of disposable water bottles! Or you can sip on Margaritas at your closest beach bar, which not only helps the environment but it also makes you very happy.
Focus Your Activities
We are not going to lie, laying on the beach for 3 days eating and drinking is a wonderful thing to do, but it also raises the amount of trash left behind! Try going for physical activities, try some snorkeling in Cancun or go for a speedboat tour, whatever makes you happy and reduces the environmental impact is great, specially because you’d help to keep the beach clean.
Careful with that Bonfire
Don’t you just love roasting some marshmallows on a cozy beach night? We do too! However, try not to burn your debris on the bonfire, it’ll go straight to the sand and into the ocean once time goes by. Don’t forget to put your fire out properly too.
Take Care Of Your Pets
If you’ve brought your puppy to the beach, that’s great, nothing beats a puppy trying to swim! However, remember to pick up their little gifts. You wouldn’t want to step on poop as you run to catch a football, right?
Smoking Kills and not just you
Cigarette butts are one of the leading pollutants! There’s so many negative effects on a single piece, you wouldn’t believe. Smoke all you want of course we won’t tell you what to do but if you do smoke, dispose of the cigarette butt properly so it doesn’t go near the water or sand. This will keep the beach clean!
We’re pretty sure almost everyone has a place in their heart for the beach, so pass on the word, help us keep the beach clean, our marine life safe and the beach beautiful!