“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” ― Robert F. Kennedy
We have the great fortune to vacation or live and work on the beautiful Emerald Coast of Florida. During peak tourist season, the population can nearly double. What kind of effect does this have on our environment and how can visitors and residents contribute to ensure that we keep the Miramar Beach and Destin area beautiful for generations to come?
Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start to become green or environmentally friendly. They say the first step is to understand your footprint or the impact that we have on our environment. One man is definitely making a difference at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Executive Chef Javier Rosa is definitely making an impact to soften our environmental footprint. One weekend while working at Riptides Tiki bar on the Sandestin beach, chef began to notice the number of plastic straws that were being used at the beach. While most made it into the trash bin, many did not. As he combed the beach picking up trash, he began reflecting on the potential impact and consequences to incredible marine and wildlife here on the Gulf of Mexico.
Leading by example, Chef Rosa started doing research to become more environmentally aware. Through this one day, chef found an alternative to non-recyclable plastic straws and started the process of implementation at Marina Bar & Grill and Caffe Sienna and soon Fat Tuesday. The price difference for plastic straws versus paper straws was only $0.01, that penny difference will make a change in the overall impact we have on our environment and help keep its beauty for generations to come.
As we marvel over the beautiful pristine white sand beaches, emerald waters or gaze in wonder at the majestic flight of an osprey in flight let’s follow Chef’s Javier’s footsteps and leave a lighter footprint in our sand and our overall environment. One small change today can impact a lifetime. What can you do to make a difference?