Summer staycations are the way this year and there will be more and more people heading to the beach and enjoying the open waters around our coasts.
Now is the time for us to think about how we impact the oceans whilst also still taking the time to enjoy the benefits of being in and around the sea.
3 ways you can help this year is through:
Ocean Generation have been running their picnic without plastic campaign this spring and taking this initiative with us into the summer.
- make your own rather than buying more plastic wrapped food
- invest in reusable containers
- cut out the plastic cutlery, use the metal cutlery from the drawer
- invest in a resalable tote bag for your picnics
- wipe away the waste and take a damp cloth with you rather than wet wipes
- buy in bulk so you’re taking plenty for all picnickers as it will save on packaging
- choose loose fruit and veg to avoid the plastic packaging
And remember to take you litter home
Our oceans impact on the health of the earth and ourselves and this summer we can all play our part in protecting them.
Another way to get involved is through your local organised beach clean or when you’re enjoying the beach and see plastics pollution is to pick it up, take it with you and dispose of it responsibly. It’s a great way to feel that you’re making a difference one piece of plastic at a time.
One item that we may not think about is the effect that sunscreen has on the ocean and marine life. Most sunscreens contain chemicals that can cause damage to our coral reefs with specific chemicals, toxins and chemical fragrances all used in the manufacture of our sunscreens.
The Independent has created a roundup of the best reef safe sunscreen for you to review this year. It’s all about taking small steps and one could be your choice of sunscreen.
Leave only footprints on the beach
Enjoy the waves responsibly 🌊
And research more about how we can all protect our oceans.
Most of all this summer enjoy being out on the water and enjoying our coasts.