Posted by Administrator on 7/19/2013
walkovers that exist at beaches are there for a reason. Use them to get to the
beach instead of walking across sensitive dunes, which will help reduce
erosion. Dunes protect land against storm waves from the sea, and harbor specialized
plants and animals. However, human activity and population expansion threaten
B) The reduce, reuse and recycle mantra is extra
important at the beach. Don't leave your things behind. How to make this
process easier? Pack a picnic in a good
old-fashioned basket with reusable cutlery
and cups, and cloth napkins. (Try to avoid glass, though. The EPA wisely
reminds us that broken glass and bare feet don't mix.) If you insist on
disposables, use ones made from recycled plastic, like Preserve's line of tableware, which can be reused several times before they go into
the recycling bin. And to prevent one more plastic bottle from floating out to
sea, bring a reusable stainless steel thermos such as the Klean
Kanteen or one from Sigg.
C) Dispose of your trash properly by using public trash
containers at the beach. If you're in a remote location and garbage cans aren't
easy to find, take your trash home with you. Trash left on the ground can be
swept up by runoff and carried to the beach. And yes, the EPA says you still
have to cut the rings off plastic six-pack holders so that animals such as
fish, turtles or seals don't get tangled in them. And hey, while you're working
so hard, don't hesitate to pick up any trash left by less responsible
Contrary to popular belief, the beach is not one big
bathroom. Help keep beaches clean and safe by using public restrooms. Since
Spot can't do that on his own, be sure to dispose of pet waste properly.
Remember you're a visitor; don't disturb the wildlife and
plants native to the beach -- even if you think the buggers are provoking you.
F) The EPA reminds us
that protecting the ocean starts at home. If you throw it out, spread it on the
lawn or flush it down a drain, it could end up in the ocean. What can you do?
Maintain your septic system. Use natural substances like compost instead of harsh
chemicals to fertilize gardens and lawns. Don't throw motor oil in storm
drains; recycle it at your local service shop instead.
Promote beach protection and take care of your local
shores by joining a beach, river or stream cleanup. Check your local government
website to see what you can do in your community, or go to the Ocean Conservancy's website to join its
International Coastal Cleanup.