A Celebration of Clean Beaches Week
It’s summertime. For many people, that means beaches, swimming, barbeques, vacations, and family fun. And while there’s nothing quite like a great beach party; it also means more litter along our shores and in our oceans. That’s why each July is the perfect time to celebrate Clean Beaches Week. For seven days, we honor the beauty of our beaches and make an individual and collective commitment to help keep them clean and safe for generations to come.
Clean Beaches Week, often described as “Earth Day” for beaches, has been growing since its inception in 2003. In fact, there are now over 150 proclamations in support of the week in coastal cities, counties, and communities around the country.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), there are over 95,000 miles of shoreline in the United States alone. That’s a lot of beaches to protect! Yet, it’s not only about celebrating clean beaches for one week (no matter how many there are). Rather, it’s about educating, and encouraging the lifestyle that’s required for clean beaches all year long.
A clean beaches lifestyle is centered around four prominent themes: (1) Environment: The only thing that should be left on the beach are your footsteps! No garbage, and definitely no plastic. (2) Dining: Eating seafood twice a week is recommended by the American Heart Association for a healthier lifestyle. (3) Recreation: Getting active while you’re on the beach – swim, walk, run, or play frisbee. (4) Travel: Reducing your carbon footprint as you get to the beach – carpool, ride a bike, or walk, if you can.
More Attention on the Environment Means Less Plastic
Did you know that as much as 80% of all litter in our oceans is made of plastic? How about that plastic in our oceans and on our beaches kills one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year? The statistics are staggering and paint a sad picture of our future – not only for the beach, but for us and our children and grandchildren.
So, what can we do about it? Here are a few small changes you can make today that will have big impacts tomorrow:
- Say goodbye to plastic grocery bags. Imagine this – by using reusable grocery bags, you can save up to ten bags per week. That’s 520 for the year – and that’s just one person. Multiply it out and you can really see the difference.
- Feel even better about your morning coffee or tea with your favorite reusable cup. Wash it out at the end of the day and use it again tomorrow.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day with your own refillable water bottle.
- Shop in bulk. Bigger packages almost always mean less packaging (aka plastic).
- Ditch the water bottles and install a home water filter for use at home.
- Use more Tupperware and less plastic storage bags.
- Stop using plastic straws. There are plenty of options out there to use instead.
- Clean a beach with your family and friends this summer.
- When possible, choose products made of cardboard instead of plastic.
- When you do have plastic bags, save them, and reuse them as much as possible.
Want to do even more? Do you think you have what it takes to go a whole month (or longer) with absolutely no plastic? Take the Plastic Free July Challenge and find out! Encourage your family and friends to do the same – a little friendly competition never hurt anyone, right?
Our friends at Nikken and Norwex haven’t forgotten the importance of this month either. For reusable grocery bags, produce bags, stainless steel straws, and much more, please visit my Norwex site here. And check out some great savings with Nikken. July is Customer Appreciation Month, where you can earn 20% in Nikken Reward Points to be applied between August 10, 2021 and September 30, 2021.
For more information about clean eating and living, please schedule a call. Together, we can navigate your journey to an even better version of you in a far better environment.
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