2 Simple Steps to Save The Beach

By Sydney Cook
Posted On Jun 08, 2016
2 Simple Steps to Save The Beach

 

Happy World Oceans Day!

What better way to celebrate the ocean than with a small reminder that summer is around the corner! It’s not quite here yet, but we can feel it.

This time of year, our productivity levels are at an all-time low. And as we sit at our desks, we dream of warmer climates, white sand, and crystal clear waves.

We need the beach and we need it now.

Whether we’re drinking or relaxing on a flamingo floaty, we want our beach day to be a success – one that is filled with memories and remains safe. When planning for a beach getaway, we constantly think about ourselves.

Beer? Check. Trail mix? Check. Sunscreen? Check? Life guards on duty? Check.

However, have we taken the time to consider how the ocean feels? From the plastic bottles we forget to throw out down to the sunscreen we choose to wear, our running through the sand with our woes may be taking a serious toll on the beach.

But don’t sideline yourself. We have tips to make your tropical retreat environmentally safe, and the best part is that you don’t need to be an environmentalist to make a difference.

You can start at home by simply making sure your sunscreens are free of oxybenzone and parabens. These ingredients, which are found in most sunscreens, are destroying coral reefs. The fragile, nutrient-filled, flower-like clusters are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth, supporting more species than any other marine environment.

With tons of sunscreens containing oxybenzone entering the ocean and reef areas, the chemicals have a toxic impact on young coral, causing endocrine disruption, DNA damage, and death. This creates a major ecological conservation crisis because it prevents new corals from populating.

But there’s a solution. Not all sunscreens are created equal, so you can easily switch to a mineral-based, all-natural sunscreen with zinc oxide rather than oxybenzone. All Good is an environmentally mindful sunblock brand that is free of coral reef harming chemicals, yet effective enough to hold a #1 rating on the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Safe Sunscreens list.

Or you can have fun DIY-ing your own all-natural sunscreen.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Unlike the invisible damage our sunscreen has been making on the reefs, floating plastics are clearly evident. How many times has a plastic bag tickled your leg and you nearly lost it because you thought it was some sort of sea creature?

More than likely, you screamed and immediately reverted back to smooth sailing after realizing it wasn’t a shark. But did you pick it up and trash it? Millions of tons of plastic is floating in the ocean and being eaten by marine animals. Huge measures must be taken quickly to combat this issue, but small efforts are better than none.

So the next time an empty plastic bottle bumps you, pick it up and trash it.

Take the pledge with us. From this World Oceans Day forward, we will wear environmentally safe sunscreen and clean up after ourselves. Save the beach!

 

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