3 Ways to Keep the Beach

Going to the Beach is always a fun carefree activity! Get out of the house, get some fresh air, go swimming and maybe go shopping. Like most people I don’t want one of my favorite recreational activities to become difficult and I don’t want anyone trying to guilt trip me when I’m trying to have fun at the Beach. But, I also don’t want to be reckless and inconsiderate to other beach goers and the marine environment. Don’t worry! Finding the right balance of having a nice beach day yourself and not putting a downer on someone else’s isn’t hard.

When most people go to the beach, it’s a way to get in touch with nature a little bit while still not being to far from civilazation. But When the beach starts looking to much like a litter strewn street somewhere you’re from, it loses some of its novelty. Fortunately by following the 3 simple pieces of advice below you can keep going to the as an activity that helps you get in touch with nature while not having to be out in the boondocks, 20 miles from the nearest shopping center.

So here are my three tips for having a great day at the beach, while still being a responsible beachgoer and helping keep the beach a pristine ecosystem!

1. If you plan on going shopping, either before or after you spend some time catching some waves or catching some rays, bring a reusable bag. Tell the store clerk behind the register that you don’t need the plastic bag he’s putting you purchase in and put it in your own bag that you brought from home.

You’re reusable bag can be the tote bag you carry with you to the beach or something more like a reusable bag grocery bag if your beach bag is too full. Plastic bags are easily picked up by beach gusts and carried away from you, down the beach or out to sea. By not using that reusable bag your saving marine life and making sure that on your next trip to the beach you’ll see one less piece of garbage on the beach.

2. Planning on staying at the beach for a while? Out in the sun in the heat of the summer you’re bound to get thirsty, maybe hungry too. So rather than buying a water bottle at the beach or buying lunch there, bring water and food with you. This is something I’ve been doing since I was a kid! It’s a great way of saving money, you’ll most likely be eating healthier, and you’ll bring less garbage with you. It’s a win, win, win!

3. Possibly the most important thing you can do to keep the beach looking as nice as it did when you got there, is carry in what you carry out. Plenty of beaches prompt you to do this, but a lot of people either don’t read the signage or don’t think leaving a single small plastic scrap will do any harm.

By leaving behind that plastic scrap the beach loses some of its aesthetics and the ecosystem gets degraded. That little piece of plastic doesn’t need much wind to gust it out to sea and just because its out of sight, doesn’t mean it should be out of mind.

Ensure that next time you go to the beach is just as good as the last time you went by following these three simple guidlines!

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