Hot girl summer may be coming to an end, but it doesn’t mean that your local beaches have to suffer. Your weekend paradise looks amazing on Instagram, but in reality, beach sites are often riddled with trash. There are several ways we can help protect planet earth, some are simple and others require a little more time and effort. But any change you decide to make whether it’s switching to reusable grocery bags, reusable water bottles, planting trees, recycling, carpooling, going vegan/vegetarian whatever it is; big or small, it does make an impact. We should not shy away when talking about reversing the damage that has been done, it’s just not as simple as out of sight out of mind anymore. You don’t have to be the perfect citizen, but it is important to be aware.
Our good sis Megan Thee Stallion organized a beach clean up for her hottie fan base in Santa Monica Pier. She understands the importance of a good time, but on a clean beach. We gathered a few facts to make your trip more environmentally friendly and how to get more involved in beach clean-ups in your area.
“Every product we buy has an environmental footprint and could end up in a landfill. The impact of plastic pollution on our oceans is becoming increasingly clear, having drastic impacts on marine life. Recycling what we can reduce the amount of new materials we are making, and upcycling is a creative way to make old items into something more valuable” (wwf.org).
This could be reusing a jam jar as a candle holder or using old tins as plant pots, glass bottles as vases, mason jars for food there’s a lot of possibilities. The results of treating the earth poorly are showing up in natural disasters, a rise in extinction rates, polluted oceans, etc. So, for those interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle we are giving you some ideas of places to get involved and a few resources to stay educated too.
Starting with local options for the city girls, if you currently live in New York or New Jersey, you can easily get in on this. Some of New York City’s biggest environmental threats are the quality of water, renewable energy, food waste, and congestion pricing.
For now, here are some preventative measures to help with water pollution.
- Keep oils, fats, and grease out the sink
- Dispose of your trash properly
- Only wash when you have a full load
- Use household products without the chemicals, phosphates, and pesticides
- Reduce your single-use plastic and utensils
- Have a meat-free day
Photo: @planetrevival on Instagram
International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 21st and Friday, September 20th 1.1 Million can skip school for NYC’s Climate Strike. Perfect timing to grab some friends for the weekend and take some time to make a difference.
There’s a coastal cleanup coming up at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, for more information on volunteering you can click the link here.
“Coastal Cleanup Volunteers give back to the community by helping us remove hundreds of pounds of trash from Pier 1 salt marshes and beaches.”
Photo: @oceanconservancy on Instagram
If you’re not in NY/NJ you can also find a local cleanup to volunteer at near you through oceanconservancy.org
You can also donate to organizations that want to ensure a greener and healthier New York State. To stay easily informed you can check out social media accounts like @greenpeaceusa, @rainforestalliance, @nyczerowaste, @fridaysforfuture, @amazonwatch and more importantly share this with your friends and family.