July kicks off with “Clean Beaches Week,” a time to celebrate our beautiful beaches and ensure that they stay clean and safe for generations to come. While this week only takes place from July 1-7, we hope to promote our Maine community to consistently and actively practice any of the following:
- Take care of your trash – If there are trash and recycling bins available, dispose of your waste properly. If not, please respect the environment and take any trash home to prevent littering the property.
- Change your packaging – Bringing a picnic to the beach is always a plus; pack your delicious snacks in reusable tupperware or eco-friendly packages.
- Feed yourself, not the animals – Enjoy your snacks with your friends and family, not the animals! Don’t disrupt the diet of the wildlife around you, whether it be the birds or the fishes.
- Consume sustainably caught seafood – Research the food you buy and the restaurants you dine at to make sure you are not contributing to an unethical or unsafe practice.
- Opt for organic sunscreens – Look for sun protectants with safe ingredients. Keep your skin safe from harm, while also decreasing potential threat to the ocean.
- Be an ocean friendly pet owner – If you bring your pets to the beach, be sure to pick up after them. This makes for less waste and ocean pollution, and provides a clean and enjoyable area for future beachgoers.
- Join a beach cleanup! – Live near the ocean, or have a favorite seaside spot? Tag along with an organization or recruit friends and family and plan a clean up together!
If you have any more suggestions and advice to keep our hoME state lovely as can be, feel free to comment below!