Leave Only Footprints: Enjoy the Beach Without Leaving a Trace | Sol Squeeze

Leave Only Footprints: Enjoy the Beach Without Leaving a Trace | Sol Squeeze

As summer approaches, many of us eagerly anticipate days spent basking in the sun and enjoying the crash of waves on the shore. However, it's essential to remember the importance of responsible behavior to ensure the preservation of these beautiful natural habitats for generations to come. Here at Sol Squeeze, we’re dedicated to sustainability, and want to share that passion! Here are some tips for being a eco-conscious beach-goer:

Beaches are home to a diverse array of wildlife, from birds nesting in the dunes to marine creatures in the water. Though it can be tempting to approach animals on the beach, keep your distance from wildlife and refrain from feeding them. Feeding wildlife can disrupt their natural behaviors and diets, and can also lead to dependency on humans for food, which can be harmful to their survival. So, keep those bread crusts tucked away, no matter how much they squawk for a snack! 

It might seem that the grassy dunes are just begging to be climbed on, but make sure to resist that urge. Sand dunes act as natural barriers that help protect coastal areas from erosion caused by wind and waves. When dunes are disturbed by human activity, such as walking or driving on them, their ability to hold sand in place is compromised, leading to increased erosion and the loss of valuable beachfront. Furthermore, many species of plants and animals that inhabit sand dunes are considered rare or endangered. Here in Florida, adorable beach mice and lumbering gopher tortoises live in the dunes, and protecting their home is crucial, so stick to marked paths and boardwalks.

One of the most conscientious ways to protect beaches is to “leave no trace,” a practice that encourages folks in nature to leave the area exactly as they found it. To adhere to this practice, make sure to clean up after yourself, taking all trash with you, even small things like cigarette butts, or dispose of it properly in designated bins.

Lastly, feel free to educate your friends and family, especially children, about how to enjoy the beach responsibly. Adopting sustainable practices is the first step in helping to conserve our precious natural resources while still enjoying fun in the sun!