Action Tips: Make Your Beach Bag Eco-Friendly

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We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying a relaxing beach day with your friends when all of a sudden you see a piece of trash wash up on shore, or get a whiff of oil fumes from beach patrol ATV’s – even worse,  choke on someone’s artificial tanning spray. Talk about vibe-killing moment.

You don’t  want to be that person. Add these eco-friendly items to your beach bag and help decrease any seaside mess.

  1. Biodegrable Sunscreen. Opt for a sunscreen or sunblock with zinc oxide, a natural element combination that is effective in blocking UVA and UVB rays. Some brands even use natural emollients like jojoba and olive oil, to moisturize your skin without leaving a greasy, unnatural residue in the water. Try these brands for guilt free beach protection.
     
  2. DIY Salt Spray. Aerosol cans contain compressed gases and hydrocarbons that are terrible for the environment. Get beach waves the eco-friendly way with this DIY Sea Salt spray. Read: goodbye aerosol can, hello reusable spray bottle.
     
  3. Reusable Water Bottles. Instead of packing the cooler with dehydrating soft drinks, take a reusable water bottle to the beach. Not only will you help out your body by staying properly hydrated, but you’ll help out the environment by not leaving any cans behind. Did you know they take between 80 to 200 years to decompose? 

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- Sidney Madden is the ultimate people person. She is a proud Boston native living in New York and is studying journalism at Hofstra University. Her favorite causes are Discrimination and Human Rights.