When you’re planning your next trip to the beach, consider making it an eco-friendly day. Enjoy the ocean without putting any strain on the environment with these simple tips.
1. Go local. Find a beach closest to your home. One that you can go to by walking or biking, or that’s accessible by public transit. This not only saves you cost of the gasoline but also reduces car emissions that contribute to air pollution. If you don’t live near the ocean, plan your trip ahead of time and be sure to drive smart to minimize greenhouse gas emission. Here in East Hampton, a very smart and eco-friendly way to get to the beach is through Hamptons Free Ride.
2. Keep off the sand dunes. Sand dunes and beach grasses are beaches’ first line of defense against erosion caused by storm waves. Warning signs to stay off the dunes are usually placed around the beach, so be sure to avoid walking on them.
3. Pick an eco-friendly sunscreen. What we put on our skin eventually ends up in the water so be sure to pick a sunscreen that will not only protect you but is also safe for the environment. The Environmental Working Group has an online sunscreen guide that lists the best and safest sunscreens available on the market. Here at PaddleDiva, we personally recommend Raw Elements Sunscreen which has been consistently ranked #1 by EWG for safety and efficacy.
4. Reduce, reuse and recycle. These “3 Rs” are essential to remember when going to the beach (or anywhere!). Pack your food in a picnic basket or reusable container that you can take back home. If you have to use disposable utensils and containers, pick ones that are made of recyclable materials.
5. Leave nothing but footprints. If we want to be able to enjoy or beaches for years to come it is so important that we keep them clean. If you can’t find a garbage can nearby, take your trash with you.
Whether you’re catching waves, hiking mountains, or simply lounging around your backyard, make sure your summer activities are friendly to the environment. These 15 tips for a healthy and sustainable summer shared by the US Environmental Protection Agency can help you experience an eco-friendly summer.