Keep Your Beach Clean: 6 Tips For a Plastic-Free Beach Day
Zoe Wilkes | February 25th 2021
February 1st, 2021
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Beach season is in full swing and there’s no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the sweet sounds of the ocean. Keeping the beach clean and preserving beautiful marine life has never been more important in a world of ‘plastic-addiction’. Sadly, 8,000,000 pieces of plastic end up in the ocean every day, a horrible side effect of our excessive use of plastic. However, by making small changes we can enjoy a perfect 'plastic-free' day at the beach! Follow these top tips to keep your beach clean and, ultimately, ensure a more sustainable future for the planet.
1. Pack a Reusable Water Bottle
Imagine a sandy clean beach with no plastic bottles littering the shore. Sounds like paradise right? Not only do reusable bottles look better, but they also prevent you from purchasing single-use plastic bottles. Best of all, if you choose an insulated bottle, it’ll keep your water cold all day; perfect for a long day in the sun.
Before you visit the beach, consider checking to see if there are any refill stations nearby. If not, you can always invest in a water purifier like the ‘Life Straw’. This means you can purify your water from any source.
2. Pack Your Food and Snacks in Reusable Containers
Bringing your food to the beach in plastic bags and wrapping increases the risk of plastic trash. It only takes one gust of wind and that plastic wrapping you thought was harmless is now in the ocean posing a danger to marine life. Instead, buy cute reusable containers to keep your food in. These are great for keeping the beach clean and they have multiple uses. For example, as a lunch box for work or travelling.
You can start your journey to plastic-free life before you even get to the beach. When you are shopping for food, bring your own plastic-free bag or shop at zero-waste supermarkets. For example, this one in Dubai, which has refill stations. All you have to do is bring your own containers and choose your favourite foods to fill them with.
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3. Bring a Reusable Straw/ Reusable Cutlery
Going for cocktails at the beach? Studies have estimated that in a 5 year period a mammoth 8.3 billion plastic straws end up on the shoreline. By bringing your own reusable straw, you save yourself money and prevent plastic use that affects the cleanliness of beaches.
Buy reusable straws to keep the beach clean
Plastic-free hack: Bring your own reusable cutlery to prevent the purchase of single-use plastic. These are great to carry on you at all times when travelling. For example, when you are on the plane or buying takeaway food.
4. Use a Plastic-Free/Reef-Safe Suncream
Most suncreams contain a chemical called Oxybenzone, which is harmful to coral reefs. It causes them to stop growing, leading to coral bleaching, or even death. Keeping coral reefs alive and healthy is imperative, as without it entire eco-systems are at risk. The marine life living among the corals are harmed, causing a knock-on effect on the fishing industry and people's livelihoods.
So what can you do to keep the coral reef beautiful, colourful, and healthy? There are now some great reef-safe suncreams that also come with plastic-free packaging!
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Feeling ‘Fyne’: All the pieces at Fyne Jewellery can be worn in the sea. However, consider taking them off when applying suncream to keep jewellery sparkly and beautiful.
5. Wear Sustainable Swimwear
Sadly, plastic has always been the go-to material for swimwear. This means that come summer, more and more synthetic fabrics are produced to keep up with the demand. When we buy new products, our old swimwear (made from plastic) goes into a landfill or is dumped into the ocean, taking around 450 years to decompose! What’s more, when we wash these plastic materials, tiny plastic particles go down the drain which are then ingested by marine life.
There isn’t a perfect solution to this problem yet but many sustainable swimwear lines are working on finding an alternative. One way to help is to choose beautiful swimwear made from recycled materials, such as recycled fishnets. Some great sustainable swimwear/beachwear labels are:
-Lea the Label
-Second Summer Label
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6. Take Part in a Beach Clean
Finally, the ultimate way to have a plastic-free beach day is by joining an organised beach clean-up. Beach clean-ups are organised all over the world and are a great way to help the planet, spread awareness, and also meet like-minded people! Azraq is one such organisation in the UAE working hard to make a difference.
If you can’t find an organised beach clean in your area, simply bring a bag with you and do your own beach clean-up. Even if it’s not your rubbish, picking up the plastic around you keeps the beach clean for everyone.
At Fyne Jewellery we are on a conscious mission to educate, inspire, and empower. Read all about our efforts to go plastic-free and our commitment to sustainability.
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