Pick up your shell phone, we’re calling all beach bums and ocean advocates for World Oceans Day!
What Is World Oceans Day?
Every year on June 8, people celebrate our big blue ocean. However, this observance day is about much more than enjoying the beach. It’s a day to reflect on all the ocean gives us and recognize how our behaviors affect it. You see, the ocean isn’t looking her best right now, and hasn’t been for years. Eight million metric tons of plastic waste is dumped into the ocean every year, killing animals and the precious ecosystems we depend on for life as we know it. Changing our attitude and behaviors surrounding single-use plastics and keeping harmful chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate out of the water is the ocean’s only hope, and we need to act immediately.
World Oceans Day serves as a powerful awareness tool to educate people on this dire situation and reflect on their individual plastic use. Whether you sign up for turtle patrol, volunteer at a local beach cleanup or simply reflect on ways you can cut back on your plastic consumption—the ocean and all its residents thank you.
Stream2Sea at Beach.com World Oceans Day Beach Cleanup
At Stream2Sea, we’re no stranger to the threats against the ocean. Our sunscreen keeps you protected from harmful UV rays while keeping coral-killing chemicals out of the sea and all our sunscreen tubes are made of fully-recyclable sugarcane resin. That’s why our products make a great addition to any ocean-saving event, like a sunny beach cleanup.
Beach cleanups are all about education. Sure, trash is cleaned off the beach saving animals from ingesting it or getting tangled, but another day brings a new wave of trash. The lasting impact of beach cleanups comes from the behavior changes volunteers make when they learn what is polluting our oceans and how they can help.
When Beach.com started organizing their beach cleanup, they knew the event needed to speak volumes for the ocean, but their primary concern was the safety and well-being of the volunteers. After going over the requirements for each volunteer, like wearing close-toed shoes, bringing a reusable water bottle and wearing sun protection, they saw a perfect fit for Stream2Sea at the event. We sent tubes of sunscreen to the Beach.com team so volunteers that forgot to apply sunscreen can protect themselves from the sun without harmful chemicals.
Join the Beach Cleanup
The beach cleanup will be at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL on June 8 from 8 to 11 am. More than 300+ volunteers are gathering for a day of celebrating the ocean with a beach cleanup and much more. It’s a family-friendly event with a T-shirt giveaway to the first 100 participants, sunrise yoga, live music, light refreshments and a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses, like freediving classes from The Dive Source and Tidal Freediving and certificates to Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream. In an effort to spread the word on ocean conservation, there will also be a life-sized frame for people to hang their collected trash on, take photos in and share on Instagram with #NotOnMyBeach.
Beach.com is a vacation travel site focused on beach destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida. Their beach cleanup program is part of their initiative to keep beaches beautiful for generations to come. If you’re planning a beach vacation or looking for tips on sustainable travel, Beach.com is an all-encompassing resource with information on places to stay, where to eat and what to do.
Take the Safe Sunscreen Pledge!
Take the Safe Sunscreen Pledge and we’ll send you a digital 20-page resource that dives into ingredients to know, ingredients to avoid, what “organic” and “biodegradable” really mean, and what is truly “reef-safe.”
Thank you for being part of a global movement to protect marine and other ecosystems from unsafe ingredients! What we put on our bodies DOES make a difference, and your positive choices help protect the planet!