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Don't Be Trashy This Fourth of July

This year, aside from avoiding marshmallows, there are more things we could do to ensure our Fourth of July is fun, and the “morning after” is not hard on our environment.

Do you remember the “marshmallow mess” last year? As much as it was amusing at the time, millions of fluffy balls swarmed Ocean Beach leaving its wildlife with the mess it could not to deal with. But thanks to our 88 volunteers, we gave the beach a breath of fresh air. This year, aside from avoiding marshmallows, there are more things we could do to ensure our Fourth of July is fun, and the “morning after” is not hard on our environment.

  • Free yourself from chemicals. Parabens, “benzo-somethings” and such are not only bad for us but are also harsh on our precious waters. If you plan to hit the beach this holiday, check out sunscreens from Aubrey or Alba (or other) to avoid spreading the invisible mess. Household cleaning products are no better. Save money and the environment by making your own green cleaners. And check out Pinterest; there you can find easy and awesome DIY ideas when it comes to making your own lotions. Or just buy a natural one.
  • Get out of the car. It’s time to feel the breeze! Get on the bike ride with your family and friends. Going to the store? Beach? Just cruising? Whatever you do, let your four-wheeler rest and get some exercise. San Diego County has more than 312 miles of bike lanes and 114 miles of bike routes. There is no excuse to not enjoy the sun. Not to mention, it’s a free ride.
  • Re____ it. Whether you are going to the beach this Fourth of July or spending it in your backyard, don’t forget to reduce, reuse and recycle. Just do it.
  • Don’t mess up. Promote protection of the swimmable, fishable and drinkable waters in San Diego. If you are off to the beach, organize your stuff. Don’t let it get away from you and harass the beach later. Stay classy and join Surfrider, San Diego Chapter for the Morning After Mess beach cleanup on July 5 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the multiple sites around San Diego.
  • Know where you go. Coastkeeper has you covered. Download our Swim Guide app and enjoy your Fourth of July on your favorite beach with no fear]. We provide fresh water quality data every day.

What are you declaring independence from this holiday?

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