Seasonal Waste: How To Have a More Sustainable Beach Day

Updated: Aug 18, 2021

Beach days are a hallmark of summer. Across the world, people’s summer days are peppered with laying on a towel, jumping in salty waves, and laughing during beach volleyball tournaments.

As a Gloucester-based organization, Seaside Sustainability admires the views of Wingaersheek Beach and the tide pools at Good Harbor Beach. We also recognize the importance of protecting these shorelines. According to a UC Santa Barbara study, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. And the Ocean Conservancy’s audit of trash collected on beaches found that the top 10 most common items retrieved were plastic, ranging from cigarette butts to bottle caps.

While beachgoers are not the only source of this waste, it is still important to be conscious of our habits when we go to the beach. Below are a few tips for how to enjoy the beach while minimizing our environmental impact.