With summer right around the corner, I'm excited for the return of the B's- beaches, bevvies, bonfires, and bbq's. But there is also another side of summer that we often forget, and that's the increase in litter, pollution, and drought. But don't get yourself down, beach babes, because I have a few simple tips to help do your part while still getting a healthy dose of the B's!
1. Ride a bike to work
With apps such as Biko and Carrot Rewards, there is now a way to generate points for fitness and healthy living activities redeemable for rewards such as discounts at local businesses. This adds a little more incentive to get out there and enjoy the warmer weather while getting your sweat on. And hey, who doesn't like getting rewarded?
2. Use a reusable water bottle
The reusable water bottle has transcended function to become as much of an accessory as a utility item. Glass, double walled stainless steel, collapsible- the options these days for water bottles are endless. Why not try our Kabi Bottle in white or black marble and help reduce the 50 million plastic water bottles Americans use annually.
3. Say no to the straw
Summer means more cold drinks and cold drinks mean straws. However, while many of us don't give much thought to this seemingly harmless tube of plastic, the reality is that straws have become a big contributor to the single use plastics polluting the ocean. Beach cleanups in the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas annually collect over 5000 plastic straws. According to The Last Plastic Straw, plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found during International Coastal Cleanup Day. So give that straw a second thought when you order your margarita this summer.
4. Take shorter showers
According to a report by the LAO, during the summer months Californians on average use 109 gallons of water per person/day. While there are some activities we can't avoid, there are things we can be more conscious of. One of them is taking a shorter shower. With an average flow rate of 2.1 gallons/minute, if everyone shortened their showers by just 1 minute, it would save 81.9 million gallons of water/day. That's a lot of water!
5. Participate in a beach cleanup
With the increase of summer crowds and events leaving trash behind coupled with washed up marine debris, our beaches become a hot bed of litter. While unsightly, it can also be harmful to local birds and fish. Participation in a beach cleanup is a great way to give back, while also getting an excuse to go to the beach. The ocean conservation organization Surfrider Foundation regularly organizes beach cleanups in community across North America. The San Diego chapter holds one every Saturday.
So there you have it, beach babes. A few simple, manageable ways to help out the planet and make it look effortless.