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Ways To Have An Eco-Friendly Beach Vacation

  • Mar 30, 2010
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For me, one of the my favorite places to go is the beach. Any beach.  They are so serene and beautiful.  I would like to keep them that way, so I looked into ways to be eco-friendly while at the beach.  Below are just a few little things you can do or keep in mind to make your beach vacation more eco friendly.

  • If you have kids and they want to play in the sand, look into eco friendly toys for the beach. An example is Green Toys Recycled Sand Play Set. It is made from 100% recycled milk jugs and is completely phthalate and BPA free.
  • If you use one of the outside showers, don't use any kind of soap or shampoo; leave that for your condo or house. The outside water drain is probably going back into the ocean. Even ‘biodegradable’ soap suds will still harm fish or invertebrates in the delicate eco system.
  • If you see a sign that reads "Keep Off Dunes". Do as it says. Dune habitats provide niches for highly specialized plants and animals, including numerous rare and endangered species. Some countries, notably the U.S., New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and the Netherlands have developed extensive programs of dune protection. In the UK, a Biodiversity Action Plan has been developed to assess dunes loss and prevent future dunes destruction.
  • Look for eco friendly swimwear. An example are those at FaeriesDream.com. Their suits are made from recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton and bamboo.
  • You should have flip-flops to walk comfortably on the hot sand. Zappos sells many types of eco flip-flops and sandals.  The outsoles are made of recycled car tire and natural rubber with jute.
  • Don't forget the sunscreen! AlternativeConsumer.com has picked Soléo Organics All Natural Sunscreen as their #1 pick for sunscreen. It is also a top pick for Bubble and Bee.
  • Find your next eco-friendly vacation here.

It should go without saying that you should pick up everything that you have brought to the beach. If it is trash dispose of it in the proper container. You should also pick up any other trash in your immediate area. Keep our oceans clean wand have a fantastic time at the beach.

Stay Off The Dunes!
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May 07, 2010
Lots of great tips here especially the one about staying off the Dunes.
March 31, 2010
Such a good list. Just in time for summer!
March 31, 2010
I love beaches, too! Some of these have never even crossed my mind, so thanks for raising awareness about ecotourism and for these great tips!
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Ecotourism (ecological tourism) is responsible travel to fragile, pristine, and usually protected areas that strives to be low impact and (often) small scale. It purports to educate the traveller; provide funds for conservation; directly benefit the economic development and political empowerment of local communities; and foster respect for different cultures and for human rights. Eco tourism is held as important by those who participate in it so that future generations may experience aspects of the environment relatively untouched by human intervention.

Ecotourism appeals to ecologically and socially conscious individuals. Generally speaking, it focuses on volunteering, personal growth and environmental responsibility. It typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. One of the goals of ecotourism is to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.

Responsible ecotourism includes programs that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people. Therefore, in addition to evaluating environmental and cultural factors, an integral part of ecotourism is the promotion of recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation, and creation of economic opportunities for local communities.

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