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An Eco-Friendly Day at the Beach

An Eco-Friendly Day at the Beach

Who doesn’t love the beach? But as we all flock to the shores this summer and for Fourth of July weekend, it’s important to remain conscious of the kind of damage that our love of the beach can wreak on marine life and the beaches themselves. A good eco-rule of thumb whenever you’re out enjoying nature: “Leave only footprints, take only photos.”

1. Follow marked paths to the beach, rather than walking across sensitive sand dunes and other natural shoreline areas that provide food and shelter for wildlife. The walkways are there for a good reason, so use them.

2. Leave nothing behind, meaning take your trash with you when you go. Be especially careful of glass from broken bottles; remember that people are walking on the beach in their bare feet.

3. Leave what you find where you found it. This also goes for wildlife and plants–the “Do Not Disturb” rule always applies. As for seashells, rocks and sand dollars, leave them for the next person to enjoy.

4. Use safe sunscreen. Paraben, cinnamate, benzophenone and a camphor derivative used in these UV skin protectors are seriously endangering the ocean’s coral. Avoid these ingredients and keep the fish safe, too.

5. Keep yourself safe. Don’t swim where there isn’t a lifeguard, never turn your back to the waves, always use sun protection and avoid overheating. For more do’s and don’ts, go to the Environmental Protection Agency site.

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Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.


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3:13AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you :)

2:51AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank you

1:45AM PST on Mar 5, 2013

Thank you :)

1:04AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Very interesting. Thank you.

4:21AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Thank you.

3:24PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

instead of hunting for shells, bring a bucket and gloves and hunt for trash! Take what you collect home and recycle what you can and dispose of the rest properly. Feel great for having prevented all of that garbage from entering the ocean or some animal's belly!

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7:36AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

thanks for info!

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