10 best practices to help the sea and clean up the beaches

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You can not “physically” participate in a beach cleanup event? That’s ok, you can still contribute to help the sea, keeping it healthy & clean by following these 10 best practices.


The better you sort your waste, the better your waste recycling will be. A good separate collection can already reduce waste in the sea by at least 35%.

Use the tap water


In most western countries, tap water is good and controlled. You can drink it at home or take it with you in a water bottle. By doing this, you can help to do away with 8 billion plastic bottles a year.

Disposable? No thanks! ๐Ÿšฎ๐Ÿšซ

Disposable plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws are items you use for a few moments but can pollute forever. Say no to disposable: they are more than half of the waste found at the beach.

The sea starts where your toilet is ๐Ÿšพ๐ŸŒŠ

Nothing should be flushed down the toilet: ear cleaning sticks, medicine blisters, tampons and applicators. The drains will carry them directly to the sea.

Use only Reusable or Biodegradable bagsย  โ™บ

Plastic bags are one of the most widespread floating waste and are dangerous for the sea. Some countries in Europe have already banned them permanently: let’s use reusable bags!

Don’t get packed ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿšซ

Avoid packaging that is unsustainable, excessive or non-recyclable and at the supermarket choose packaging with less environmental impact.

Don’t throw away stuff that you could reuse. โ™ป๏ธ

If you want to get rid of something, check first if you can’t reuse it, perhaps for a different function than it was originally intended for. You can also make a gift to someone in need or participate in barter and flea markets.

Storm drains are not trash cansย  ๐Ÿšฏ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ

Butts, candy wrappers, objects of all kinds: what you throw in the street, in addition to dirtying your city, is very likely to end up in the waterways and the sea.

Dedicate 1 minute to the environment ๐ŸŒณ

On the beaches, at the sea or at the lake, on the mountain paths but also in the parks of the city, besides not leaving your garbage, dedicate even one minute to collect the waste you find abandoned.

Word of mouth. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

Living in a healthy environment is much easier if many of us take care of it.ย Tell everyone!

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Join a cause or donate!

There are many associations/organizations that fight against pollution and try to raise awareness to protect the marine and ocean environment. Organizations, such as for example, Greenpeace. If you can’t become a volunteer yourself consider making a small donationto support these organizations!

Want to add a piece of advice, or suggest an edit? Feel free to leave a comment. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘‡

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Author: Rebecca

Adventurous volunteer, shutterbug extraordinaire, and citizen of the world! ๐Ÿ˜„ With so much out there to explore, my mission is simple: discover and share all the awesome things life has to offer! ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒˆ

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