It’s official! Summer weather is finally back in LA. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, it’s time to soak up some sun and hit the beach. Unfortunately, more beach days bring more pollution. The good news is that there are a lot of small things you can do to help. When you’re sunbathing, swimming, picnicking or even just at home, use this guide to help keep our beaches beautiful. This way we can keep our water clean and our shorelines healthy, not just for us, but also for the fish, birds, crabs, seals and all our other ocean friends!
Pick up your trash
It may seem obvious, but it’s worth saying again: Don’t leave your trash! The top ten most common types of litter are all made of plastic, primarily food and take away containers. However, cigarette butts are number one. Feel free to remind people where their butts go next time you see someone tossing one on the ground, by the beach or elsewhere. Also, in addition to throwing away your own trash at the beach, pick up any other garbage you see floating around. Take 3 for the Sea is a great initiative that encourages people to take away at least three pieces of trash on their way home.
Find a local beach clean-up group
September 21, 2019, is Coastal Clean-Up Day and this year marks the 30th anniversary! There are sure to be events and clean-ups scheduled around that time. Otherwise, Heal the Bay plans a monthly beach clean-up and other activities in LA. You can also reach out to your local government for a permit to organize one yourself.
Go green around the house
Water pollution doesn’t only occur at the beach. In fact, many of the largest contributors come from the pipes in our homes and businesses. Runoff from fertilizers and chemicals eventually makes its way all the way out to sea. (Psst… Check out our previous post for eco-friendly ways to wash your car.) It’s important to also pay attention to what you flush at home. From cleaners to medicines to baby wipes, there are many things that are advertised as “flushable” but really should never make their way into our water system. Check out this household hazardous waste guide for more information on properly disposing of different types of trash.
Watch your carbon footprint
At Pavemint, our main objective is to curb CO2 emissions. What many people don’t realize is that CO2 pollutes more than just the air! In fact, a third of manmade CO2 ends up in the ocean. Becoming a Pavemint user is one of many ways you can work toward reducing your carbon footprint. Either by becoming a Host or by using Pavemint to reserve your parking space, you help minimize the traffic caused by circling the block or waiting for a space to open up and do your part too!
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