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Using Straws in California Might Lead to Jail Time

Posted by Allison Kelly on

Using Straws in California Might Lead to Jail Time

When it comes to trash in our oceans, many people think of plastic water bottles or grocery bags. So if you’ve already switched to a reusable water bottle and you bring your own bags to Whole Foods, you’re in the clear right? Wrong. Many other items contribute to the 8 million tons of plastic entering the ocean every year. One of the often overlooked culprits is plastic drinking straws — but California has introduced a law to change that. Think of how often you order a drink at a restaurant. The waiter sets down six glasses of water and with...

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3 Things You Didn't Know About SPF 50

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3 Things You Didn't Know About SPF 50

SPF protection seems like a no brainer - the higher the number, the more protection you have against the sun’s harmful rays. However, there are many factors that can affect how much protection you are actually getting. We get a lot of questions at Tropical Sands about why SPF 50 is the highest sun defense that we offer. To answer that, here are 3 things that you probably didn’t know about SPF 50.   Not all SPF 50 sunscreens are the same. Chemical and mineral sunscreens with 50 SPF are not actually equal. That’s because chemical sunscreens are protecting only...

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Destination Highlight: Grand Cayman

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Destination Highlight: Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman has a reputation of being an Americanized tourist destination as opposed to a true Caribbean island, but there are plenty of reasons this island is worth visiting. From delicious restaurants to unique diving experiences, Grand Cayman has so much to offer on your next tropical vacation.   Food & Dining: Grand Cayman is home to many of the traditional beach bars that you would expect in the Caribbean. However, the island also boasts many hidden gems that impress with their seafood, barbecue, and other dishes. Sunshine Bar & Grill - As Trip Advisor’s #1 rated restaurant on Grand Cayman,...

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When I Went to Groundhog Day

Posted by Myka Cygielman on

When I Went to Groundhog Day

Everyone has a bucket list. For some people, this list includes visiting every continent or learning to speak French. For me, I wanted be there in person as Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow atop Gobbler's Knob, sniffs the brisk February air and turns gaze upon his shadow - or lack thereof. Luckily for me, I was able to check this coveted box off of my list on February 2, 2016... Also known as Groundhog Day. I had been thinking about attending the festivities in Punxsutawney for a long time but I'm honestly not sure if my obsession with Groundhog Day began with...

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Is Your Sunscreen Harming Ocean Life?

Posted by Kristen Creed on

Is Your Sunscreen Harming Ocean Life?

Your sunscreen could be toxic — to you and to the environment. How? Because it might contain oxybenzone, a chemical filter found in many popular cosmetics, especially sunscreens — 80% of them to be exact. And its main purpose? To absorb UV rays. But it’s harmful, both to our bodies after we apply it, and most immediately to our oceans — where it ultimately ends up. In fact, an alarming 14,000 tons of sunscreen containing the toxic chemical, oxybenzone, end up in our oceans each year. Once there, it bleaches coral, prevents the growth of new baby coral and alters coral’s...

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