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5 tips on how to protect our waters on holiday

In the summer, one of the best options – and often the most bearable one – is to spend most of the day on the beach. Fortunately, Hungary offers a wide range of rivers and lakes with quality water, but keeping them clean requires us, vacationers to play our part, too. We have collected what can and should not be done in the water and on the shore.

The condition of natural water is based on a very fragile balance that can be upset by human activity such as littering or even fishing.

Collect the rubbish

If you go on a shorter beach holiday only, make sure to collect all your rubbish, such as leftovers, cigarette butts, plastic bottles or aluminium cans, and take them home with you at the end of the day, a rubbish bin placed on the beach is also an option. Rubbish not only disfigures the beach but also disturbs the wildlife and it can easily get into the water. Cigarette butts are extremely dangerous in this respect, as a number of harmful substances dissolve from it, including arsenic and nicotine, which directly poisons the water.

Use sun lotion cautiously

It may come as a surprise, but the most common pollutant is sun lotion used by bathers. Choose a sun lotion which does not harm wild waters or which forms a waterproof coating after a short drying time. As there are more and more dog beaches, care must also be taken to ensure that the tick and flea repellents used do not damage the water. We can all buy safer chemicals.

The beach is not your bathroom

Going to a campsite requires holidaymakers to manage many things in more nomadic conditions which would be quite easy at home. But be careful not to pour anything directly into the water, do not bathe with shower gel in a lake or river, and do not rinse out washing powder or detergents in such waters.

Having a summer house comes with more responsibility

Anyone who owns a summer house by water or nearby can do much more to keep the water clean because they spend more time there than a few days or weeks. In the garden and near the shore, protect natural vegetation and reeds, use only natural pesticides and avoid fertiliser.

Prevention is the best solution

Drinking a lot of liquid on the beach is inevitable. However, if you buy drinks at a buffet on the beach, they usually come in plastic cups, and if you buy them anywhere else, they definitely come as PET-bottled products. You can save both money and the environment by always taking your own flask with you filled with water – practically anywhere.

We can expand the package with our own straws, cups and cutlery, which can be made from metal or natural materials such as bamboo. They are durable, light and reusable so you will certainly not leave them on the beach.


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