It’s time to head to the beach to enjoy time with your favourite people in the sun. As you plan that experience, you may be looking for ways to be a bit more environmentally friendly. A sustainable beach trip, where you focus on genuinely good-for-the-environment fun, can help you take care of the planet while enjoying all the wonders of nature. These tips for an eco-friendly beach trip are easier to pull off than you may realize.
Pack a Zero-Waste Lunch
Start with limiting what you’re tossing out. If your beach trip includes lunch with your family, focus on eliminating waste.
- Use reusable containers to hold any food products instead of plastic bags.
- Bring only reusable water bottles filled.
- Choose fruits and nuts that don’t require any preparation.
- Incorporate some finger foods like raw vegetables for snacks.
- Keep things simple with wraps instead of meals requiring plastic utensils.
Give Back by Cleaning Up the Garbage on the Beach
As you enjoy your surroundings, make it a point to clean up the garbage littered all over the beach. It takes just a few minutes to pick up items like water bottles, bottle caps, plastic bags, and other things that are dangerous to the planet. By putting in that much effort, you help the planet directly and may inspire others at the beach with you to do the same on their next trip.
Respect Nature and Wildlife
In most cases, nature does best without human involvement. The more you can stay away and leave no trace of your presence, the better. A good starting point is to stay on paths and in designated areas instead of walking into deeply forested areas. That way, you’re less likely to cause damage to the natural habitat.
Don’t feed the animals “people food” either. They may become reliant on human food, and that makes it much harder for them to survive in the area. More so, the food you eat does not always have the nutritional value that animals in the wild require. Even though it may be tempting, focus instead of staying out of their way and observing from a distance.
Take Photos and Nothing More
Don’t take things home from the forested or natural areas. The more you do, the more that you put nature at risk. For example, take as many photos as you like of the location. Avoid taking home rocks and driftwood, though. You also want to avoid removing shells. These items may not seem valuable, but they are an important component of the ecosystem that plants and animals need.
Don’t Damage the Surroundings
Avoid cutting down trees or pulling flowers. Avoid pouring anything in the water. You’ll also want to limit your use of chemicals in nature, as they can also cause harm to wildlife. Even things like sunscreen or mosquito repellant can be dangerous to animals.
Use Reusable Items
Instead of a fantastic new swimsuit that’s this year’s style, consider wearing the one you already must keep products out of the landfill. Bring reusable bags to use and take them home with you. That way, you avoid buying new. The same goes for anything else you bring– find a way to reuse and recycle what you have. You also don’t need to bring too much to enjoy a beach trip. Keep it simple!
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