Each year Island Water Sports teams up with the City of Deerfield Beach to help restore your shore from July 4th festivities. July 5th is the dirtiest beach day of the year following Independence Day Celebrations around the country. When we beach recklessly, life in and out of the ocean suffers. So we urge you to pick up your trash this July 4th and grab extra on your way home. Consider the impact of our plans on coastal and marine life. Think ahead and make some arrangements in advance to help mitigate those impacts. Surfrider offers a few simple yet effective changes to make this year include:
- Reduce your footprint by eliminating single-use plastic from your celebrations! Bring reusable cups, bottles, straws, bags and tableware when bringing refreshments to the beach, or enjoying a party in your own backyard!
- Pack in, pack out. Choosing reusable items also helps prevent the risk of improperly recycling or disposing of single-use items on beaches where the waste management infrastructure may be limited. Avoid the single-use foam coolers and $5 chairs or umbrellas that are not built to last, as well. Alternatively investing in reusable items that are built to endure time and use reduces waste through longevity!
- Choose a reef-friendly sunscreen for your beach day! Go for a mineral (zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) based lotion sunscreen to reduce your impact on coral reefs, fish and other marine life. You can find our Guide to Reef-Friendly Sunscreens here.
- Spread the word! Rad more below and post the images Facebook or Instagram and tag #RestoreYourShore to help raise awareness and amplify REEF’s support of Surfrider’s mission!
- Restore Your Shore. Join us July 5th as we clean up Deerfield Beach.
Clean the Beach
Join Island Water Sports and Deerfield Beach City staff on July 5th for a beach cleanup and continue the community’s efforts to help keep Deerfield Beach both clean and green. The cleanup will take place from 8am to 10am at the chickee hut across from the Fire Station at 71 S. Ocean Way. Snacks and water will be provided to all volunteers. Parking passes for the duration of the event will also be available to the first 50 volunteers.
In an effort to reduce any additional waste from being generated by the cleanup, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own bucket for litter collection.
Restore Your Shore
July 5th has long been known as “The Morning After,” when volunteers remove incredible amounts of red and blue single-use plastic cups, food packaging waste, abandoned toys and clothing, fireworks and cigarette butts from beaches nationwide.
Luckily, our friends at Reef are hell bent on clean beaches and are launching a pre-emptive strike on Independence Day trash Opens a New Window. —and they’re asking for your help. All you have to do is post a photo of artist Ann Marie Price’s trash art to your Instagram or Facebook feeds with the tag #RestoreYourShore before July 5, 2019 (click here Opens a New Window. for the photos). For every post, Reef will donate $5—their cash, not yours—to Surfrider Foundation’s Better Beach Alliance in 2020, which will help keep America’s beaches just the way we like them.
Reef is all about beaching freely, not recklessly, and is committed to helping keep our oceans and coasts clean. So please help them in their mission while you celebrate the 4th, and together with Surfrider they can #RestoreYourShore.
The Better Beach Alliance & REEF have supported Surfrider’s national beach cleanup program for two years, and expanded their support to protect European beaches alongside Surfrider Europe in 2019. In line with their international support of the Better Beach Alliance, REEF has taken on Surfrider’s mission as a part of their own, looking inward to reduce their environmental impact and taking a hands-on approach to encourage volunteerism within their own staff.
Last year, the REEF headquarters team joined the San Diego County Chapter for their Morning After beach cleanup, where they collectively removed almost 1,000 individual pieces of plastic food wrappers and celebrated the year of our nation’s founding by collecting more than 1,776 cigarette butts from the beach around Oceanside Pier. This year, REEF is raising awareness around this phenomenon to remind us that it’s up to each and every one of us to protect our ocean, waves and beaches from plastic with a year-round, collective effort.
Your Post, Their Cash
FOR EVERY POST USING #RESTOREYOURSHORE, REEF WILL DONATE $5 TO SURFRIDER IN 2020.
REEF wants you to help us prevent July 5th from becoming the dirtiest beach day of 2019. For every post of one of these images using #RestoreYourShore on Facebook or Instagram, REEF will donate $5 to the Surfrider Foundation to support the Better Beach Alliance. All you have to do is post one of these images with #RestoreYourShore before July 5th at 11:59pm PST, and REEF will donate on your behalf!
The City of Deerfield Beach is Making a Difference