Protect Your Skin AND Coral Reefs Simultaneously

As summer gets into full swing, we hear over and over about the benefits of sunscreen and protecting our skin from the sun. While this is sage advice indeed, there are some very important environmental factors to consider when choosing proper sun protection.


While most of us do not consider the small amount of sunscreen that is washed from our skin and into the ocean while we play in the waves on a hot day, this runoff can have a major impact on neighboring sea life. Specifically, non-biodegradable sunscreen is known to cause great harm to coral reefs. Sunscreen has been shown to activate dormant viruses in the algae that live on coral, causing the algae to explode. This leaves the coral unable to photosynthesize vital chemical energy for the reef’s ecosystem. When the algae die, not only does the coral bleach and die, but it puts the remaining wildlife at risk of starvation. Algae play an important role in the food chain and the coral provides shelter for enumerable sea creatures.
It is estimated that up to 5,000 tons of sunscreen is washed into the oceans each year, putting approximately 10% of the world’s coral reefs in jeopardy. Scientists have called coral reefs the “medicine cabinet of the future,” meaning that the diverse ecosystem could unlock the cures to many diseases.


So what can we do? There are many brands of reef friendly, biodegradable sunscreens made with all natural or easily broken down ingredients. The most popular brand, Reef Safe, is endorsed by the American Lifeguard Association and is provided free on many commercial snorkel tours. Other brands include: Caribbean Solution, Loving Naturals and Lavera.
This is one simple solution to a big problem. Increased awareness can bring about great change. So next time you are on the market for sunscreen, make an eco-conscious and easy decision.

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How to Maintain and Care for Your Fountain

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There are many joys when it comes to the owning a water fountain. Water features have been used for centuries to adorn courtyards belonging to royalty or accent government establishments. Today, fountains and water accents provide a design and decorative essence in homes, gardens, corporate structures, landmarks and more. There is a certain calmness that flows with the sound of water and that serenity continues to emanate into the surrounding environment.
Whether your fountain is planned for indoor or outdoor use, with a few simple efforts, your fountain can run smoother, cleaner and provide any space with beauty and elegance for ages.

Once You Get Your Fountain
When shopping for a fountain, you want to have a good idea as to the space that this structure will occupy. This will help determine the size, water capacity, and preparation needed. Depending on whether your fountain will need to be mobile, you can then decide on a fiberglass or concrete one. Concrete or stone fountains are much more durable when it comes to handling the outdoor elements such as heat and snow.
Once you have your fountain selected and ready for installation, you want to ensure that the floor where the fountain is sitting on will not be damaged by humidity, condensation or water splashes.
When filling your fountain you want the water level to be no higher then a ½” below the basin rim, and no less than halfway full in the basin. Maintaining proper water levels will ensure the correct flow and life of your water pump.
Before turning on your fountain, wet the surface that the water will flow upon. This will break the surface tension to reduce splashing and promote a consistent path flow.
To control splashing or water flow, adjust your water pump or ensure that your fountain is perfectly leveled.

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