17 01, 2019

Keeping our beaches clean through winter

By |2019-01-17T22:36:14+00:00January 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

We love having folks visit our beaches all year, including during the winter. It’s a wonderful time on the coast, with moderate temperatures and beaches that are just as beautiful as they are the rest of the year. We ask all visitors to follow Leave Only Footprints regulations to keep the natural beauty for many years to come. Regulations prohibit leaving anything on the beach overnight. That includes any gear you tote down to the shoreline, such as chairs, umbrellas [...]

9 01, 2019

Make the numbers add up to a cleaner beach

By |2019-01-09T17:43:01+00:00January 9th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Several numbers can tell the story of waste left behind on Alabama beaches. Did you know, for example, that more than 161 tons of materials were removed from the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in 2016? Or that 101.3 tons of trash were collected in cans on just four miles of beach? Other collection numbers include 18.5 tons of aluminum cans (the equivalent of 814,000 cans), 23.8 tons of plastic and 18 tons of metal tent frames and [...]

2 01, 2019

Start the new year with a resolution to go green at the office

By |2019-01-02T16:17:49+00:00January 2nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The effort to keep our environment clean doesn’t end when you leave the beach. When you go green back home, you’re helping reduce waste in our landfills, as well as reducing or eliminating trash that can end up in our waterways. And that rings true whether you practice good stewardship at home or at the office. Need some tips on going green at your workplace? We’re here to help. First, create a “no plastic” zone with only reusable eating utensils, [...]

26 12, 2018

How to involve kids in beach conservation

By |2018-12-26T22:58:53+00:00December 26th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Kids learn by example, right? So if you want your children to be good stewards of our beaches and natural resources, take the lead. Put your trash in proper receptacles, clean your beach site before you leave, and show respect to wildlife. It’s just that easy. We’ve put together basic principles you can teach kids to help keep our beaches clean. Know Before You Go: Talk to them ahead of time about doing their part to keep the beach clean. [...]

19 12, 2018

Support organizations fighting ocean pollution

By |2018-12-19T14:47:18+00:00December 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Looking for nonprofits to support during this season of giving? Below is a list of environmental groups that work to keep pollution out of the Gulf of Mexico and our local waterways. Those efforts are not free, but they are absolutely worthwhile. Each of these groups would be most appreciative of your gift to help keep our coastal environment pristine and protected. Alabama Coastal Cleanup is held each September at multiple sites. This one-day brings volunteers, state agencies, municipalities and [...]

12 12, 2018

4 ways to know you’re eating safe, sustainable seafood

By |2018-12-12T15:20:48+00:00December 12th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We love our local gulf seafood, but how can you be sure what you’re getting is safe for consumption? Purchasing seafood from a local market to cook at home (or in your beach rental) doesn’t have to be scary. Just follow a few easy steps! 1) Buy from a reputable source. Many of the seafood markets along the coast offer catches fresh off the boat. But if you have any questions about where a product originated, just ask. Fresh fish [...]

5 12, 2018

How to plan a very merry, environmentally friendly Christmas

By |2018-12-05T18:00:25+00:00December 5th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Green is one of the best colors of the season. But let’s take that green to the next level during the holiday season – as in going green for the environment. Use LED lights: They use 80 percent less energy and they last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs, plus they’re cool to the touch. Look for the Energy Star seal for bulbs with the highest energy-efficiency rating. Limit lighting: We know it goes against Clark Griswold’s idea of Christmas [...]

21 11, 2018

How recycling at home can help keep our beaches clean

By |2018-11-21T15:15:42+00:00November 21st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

We appreciate visitors following Leave Only Footprints rules while visiting our beaches, but there is more you can do even when you return home. Going green is a way of life. Recycling your bottles, cans, metals and paper products is one way to do that. Nationwide, our recycling efforts have improved greatly. In 1980, recycling and composting kept about 15 million tons from landfills. By 2013, that number was up to 87.2 million tons. Our hope is that it will [...]

14 11, 2018

The myth of oyster season

By |2018-11-14T14:14:08+00:00November 14th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Show of hands: Who loves oysters? Okay, now another poll question: Who has heard you should only eat raw oysters during months that include the letter “R”? The myth dates back a few hundred years - to 1599 to be exact. According to the New York Times, that’s when the warning showed up in an English cookbook as “don’t eat oysters in the summer.” It made sense at the time, mainly because unrefrigerated or un-iced oysters spoil more quickly and [...]

7 11, 2018

Why fall is a great time to visit the beach

By |2018-11-07T14:23:17+00:00November 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

The off-season is a great time to visit the Alabama coast, and fall is a favorite season for many. You’re going to encounter smaller crowds, both on the beach and in restaurants and shops. Kick back, relax and enjoy our beautiful area during a less congested time of year. Cooler temperatures make it ideal for walking on the beach, enjoying outdoor recreation on our nature trails, and casting a line. Highs average in the mid-70s and night temps typically only [...]