For many of us, Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of our summer. The kids are out of the school, the temperature is a little warmer than it was a month ago, and you finally have the perfect excuse to get the boat in the water. We’re certain you were environmentally responsible over the last few weeks as you’ve prepared your boat for this weekend, but we just wanted to give you one more reminder to practice green boating and green living while you’re having fun out there!
3 Quick Tips for Green Boating on Memorial Day Weekend
1. Wear eco-friendly and non-toxic sunscreen!
The Environmental Working Group just recently released their annual sunscreen guide, which is always a great resource for helping you choose the safest forms of protection from UV rays. Once again, Badger sunscreen receives the organization’s highest rating for both effectiveness and safety. Wearing green sunscreen brands is an important part of protecting the water and marine life this summer.
2. Take ALL your trash to shore.
Most people already know that you shouldn’t throw water bottles or aluminum cans into the water, but remember it’s important not to leave anything behind. Recycle your fishing line and put your food scraps in the trash you’ll bring to shore. If it didn’t come from the water, it shouldn’t end up there when you’re done with it.
3. Be prepared to handle an accident.
There are many steps you can (and should) take to prevent a fuel spill in the water, but accidents can still happen. Your immediate response to a spill is the most important. Before pushing off from the dock this weekend, make sure you have an absorbent oil pad on board.
Now, get out there and have some fun!