Sustainable Ways to Enjoy Sand and Surf
When eco-conscious families hit the beach this summer, there’s more to be aware of than just picking up trash like drink containers, wrappers and found litter. Here are some other ways we can enhance our beach and water experiences while upping fitness benefits.
Rising water levels and severe weather events have damaged coastlines, so extra care is needed. When setting up a beach spot, stay away from sand dunes and pockets of beach grass that serve as natural defenses against beach erosion. Also watch out for marked-off turtle hatching spots; prime nesting season is May through October, according to the nonprofit Turtle Conservancy. Teach kids not to chase birds. Walk around shorebirds to cause minimal disturbance; it’s stressful dodging danger during meals and wastes precious energy stores.
Walking on soft sand is like a weight-training workout, as detailed in Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee’s Barefoot Walking book.
Polluting chemicals enter waterways via fertilizer and industry runoff and accidents like the BP Gulf oil spill; don’t contribute more by using sunscreen that contains oxybenzine, which reportedly alters hormone function. The Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) maintains an online guide of safe sunscreens. The Huffington Post also suggests that we can make our own by mixing zinc oxide (a sunblocking agent), coconut oil (soothes and conditions skin), beeswax (for waterproofing) and tea tree oil (soothes and repairs skin and smells good).
The same care applies to chemical hair dyes, shampoos, conditioners and straighteners. Patronize clean, green salons that use natural hair treatments free of synthetic chemicals, ammonia or para-phenylenediamine (PPD). Or search “nontoxic hair care” online.
Plan a visit to coincide with a public volunteer beach cleanup event. Check with national organizations like Keep America Beautiful (kab.org) and local or countywide groups, as well as social media sites for group activities.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
More from Natural Awakenings
While Milwaukee has had its share of unraveling over the years, today activism abounds as community leaders strive for healthy, livable communities that include safe, friendly neighborhoods; public access to green space; thriving, locally owned businesses; and transportation alternatives such as mass transit, cycling and walkability.
At Royal Road Clinic, Royal strives to create an overall relaxing ambiance where people can feel safe and comfortable sharing their stories.
From Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1, Cherie McCoy will lead a weekend workshop in Brown Deer designed to teach professionals and students the tools of self-acceptance.
During the month of June, Marilyn Murphy of Spiritual Enlightenment is offering $10 off a one-hour healing session of shaman release work, ascension, reiki, sound therapy or advanced crystal healing.
The Treasures of Oz Eco-Tour, held on June 16, is a free, annual, family-friendly event that celebrates the abundance of nature throughout Ozaukee County. The focus for 2018 will be Ozaukee’s “Other Coast”— the portion of the Milwaukee River that runs through the county.
On July 27, 28 and 29, Light of Grace Healing and Education Center, in West Allis, will host Fearless Dying, a workshop about death and dying as viewed through A Course in Miracles.
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, with campuses in Racine, Wisconsin, and Evanston, Illinois, now offers new online courses.
Rather than popping a pill, eating certain foods can kick-start hormones that help us get a long, deep night’s sleep.
Efforts are underway around the country to make polluted waterways clean again and to instill local appreciation for their many helpful roles.
The wildlife expert explains why we should appreciate wolves, snakes and bats and what he finds encouraging about an enlightened focus on wildlife protection.
Families with children as young as 5 easily bond when they mindfully run together at a fun pace.
Across the country, cities from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh to Portland are finding fresh new ways to create engaging street life for residents while eco-upgrading their green spaces, services and infrastructure.