With summer going around, we try whenever possible to have a seaside escape where we spend all day at the beach until the sun goes down. It is hard to say no when it comes to a lot of fun at the beach, but how much are we really caring for the beach while we’re there? With COP 27 approaching and sustainability being at the heart of matters, everyone should be aware of how they contribute to harming the beach and the negative impact on the habitat. While it is easy to forget, we always need to keep in mind and remember how to save the beaches not only for ourselves but for sea creatures and most importantly our planet.
Mind the Waste & Garbage
Sadly, many of the most beautiful beaches around the world, especially the busiest and the most popular, were destroyed by the garbage we leave behind. These cigarette butts we leave in the sand, the chewed gum, the can of soda, or the popsicle stick we throw away, make their way into the water. So always make sure you leave no garbage or waste behind and teach your kids to do the same.
Reduce Your Plastic Use
Plastic is one of the main contributors to habitat destruction and the biggest threat to marine life. Single-use plastic kills hundreds of sea creatures. Instead, opt for packaging made from recyclable materials.
Consider the Products You Are Using
Products you apply such as sunscreen, tanning oil and lotions will rinse off in the water, and as these products are packed with chemicals, they contaminate the water and can kill corals and other organisms. It is important that you read the ingredients carefully and stay away from any products that contain phosphates and go for products with safer ingredients such as zinc.