An eco-friendly guide for planning the perfect beach party.
Summer is peeking around the corner, beckoning us with the aroma of coconut sunscreen and the promise of sand between our toes. Can you feel it? The first beach party of the season is calling! Besides, now that you’ve found the perfect eco-chic swimsuit, it’s time to show it off. Gather your favorite fellow beach bums and follow our guide for an eco-friendly day of fun in the sun.
Location is everything. Be sure to do your research. Are there grilling facilities? Are pets or alcohol allowed? Do large groups need a permit? Check online or ask local officials so you can avoid buzzkill fines. Also, choose a beach that suits you. Are you looking for private seclusion or are you ready to make new friends?
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Pack it up. An eco-friendly beach towel and organic biodegradable sunblock are essential. Toss them into a handy canvas beach tote with an extra large blanket and you’ve got your basics covered. A beach cabana, shade or umbrella will provide protection during the hottest hours of the day. And don’t forget activities! A volleyball, badminton, frisbee, boogie board or football will help you work up an appetite for some…
Beach grub. Pack a cooler picnic style with foods that taste great cold. Re-fuel with fresh fruits (watermelon is excellent for hydration), healthy sandwiches and snacks for munching. If alcohol is allowed, pre-make a jug of a summery floral cocktail or juicy sangria and bring plenty of water. If you have a large group and disposable dishes are unavoidable, choose eco-friendly bamboo plates.
Your Daily Thread Tip: Bring extra bags or containers for waste and leave it cleaner than you found it!
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