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Earth Day: 6 Tips to Keep Miami Clean

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Earth Day: 6 Tips to Keep Miami Clean

Date: Aug 14, 2020
Author: Dimarco Barea 218 No Comments

What you can do:

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, OR REFUSE

No more excuses! We’ve all seen what plastic bags, straws, and balloons can do to the beloved sea turtles that call Miami home.  It’s as simple as bringing a cloth bag to the grocery store, repurposing milk jugs as flower pots, filling your blue recycle bins, and saying “no” to straws. To help further, join a beach cleanup or do your own.

NOT ALL SEAFOOD IS “GOOD”

Just because you always see Chilean Sea Bass on the menu, does not mean you should be eating it.  Know what the options are for eating sustainable seafood. Use Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch or install the Blue Ocean Institute’s Fish Phone app on your mobile device to help you make blue minded decisions.  One great place to start is Prey. The first sustainable sushi pop-up restaurant in the world will be at the 1 Hotel South Beach only until April 30th, so catch it soon.

KNOW WHERE TO DISPOSE OF CHEMICALS

All drains lead to the ocean. Nemo found this out in his great escape from the dentist office aquarium. Chemicals, pharmaceuticals, oil, and paint poured down the drain or toilet pollute the water table and affect wildlife and the environment. Chemicals used on lawns easily run off into our local waterways no thanks to our afternoon thunderstorms and leads to imbalances in the ecosystem. Luckily, Miami-Dade county has clear instructions on where to dispose of what so freshen up on your waste disposal knowledge.

GO GREEN 

Household chemicals found in detergents and cleaning products can be potent.  Just think of how your eyes water when your scrubbing the muck off of your shower walls.  But they don’t have to be. Many companies have come up with green products as an alternative to toxic cleaners. Method hand and dish soap is one of them. From the environmental conditions in their factory to the ingredients in their products to the type of materials used to make their packaging, Method is a leader in going “beyond the bottle”.

FIND SUSTAINABLE PLACES TO VACATION

Finding a place to stay can be overwhelming, so why not narrow down your options to those places that practice sustainability. This can look like recycling programs, the usage of reclaimed materials in their decor, organic food options, or even Tesla car service as 1 Hotel South Beach offers its guests.

KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM

With farmer’s markets popping up in unlikely places, buying local, organic food is not hard to do. The Urban Oasis Project even runs a mobile farm stand that reaches areas outside of the city limits. When you know that your food is local, you are more connected to the source. You reduce your carbon footprint since you’ve minimized the transport time of your food. Buying organic supports farming practices that are gentler on our food and the oceans – no toxic fertilizer or pesticide runoff.  Not to mention, you are directly supporting the farmers.

GO NATIVE

With our tropical weather comes tropical plants, not all of which are from Florida. Going native with your landscaping reduces the amount of water and fertilizer needed, protects clean water resources, is better habitat for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife, and stabilize our fragile barrier islands that, along with coral reefs, buffer the effect of wind-driven storms. The Florida Native Plant Society has useful guides to plan your own native plant garden.
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