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Get Naked and Go Green

Yesterday’s New York Times Green Inc. blog posed the question,”How Green Is a Nudist Vacation?” now that summer has arrived. The article was accompanied by a photo of a naked surfer at San Onofre State Beach in California. Mainstream media is recognizing what nudists already know–that clothes-free living helps the environment and the soul.

The American Association for Nude Recreation has long touted the benefits of  the au naturel lifestyle.  It reduces energy consumption and the use of natural resources while allowing people to appreciate nature in our most natural state.  As the NYT piece stated, living naked means less laundry, resulting in less pollution and less energy usage, and clothes-free living also creates less of a need for consumerism.

The Green Inc. blog post discussed nudist destinations such as the Aquitane region in France and nude hiking in the Swiss Alps, but a greener way to enjoy nude travel is to take a vacation close to home. With over 260 AANR clubs and resorts throughout North America and the Caribbean, there is sure to be an AANR club nearby where one can enjoy nude recreation without traveling far from home, reducing fuel costs and consumption.

 An added benefit to nude recreation is feeling closer to nature. There is nothing like feeling the sun or a cool breeze against one’s naked body or skinny-dipping unencumbered by a tight-fitting bathing suit. Many prominent figures from Benjamin Franklin to Henry David Thoreau to Walt Whitman have written about the joys and health benefits of being one with nature in their natural state.

Next month, July 6-11, is Nude Recreation Week, an annual event where many AANR clubs host open houses to introduce newcomers to nude recreation. Many nonlanded or travel clubs coordinate special events during that time. One fun way to get an introduction to nude recreation is to attend The AANR World Record Skinny-Dip on July 11, a Guinness World Records event, as thousands of nudists across North America in various locations simultaneously experience the joys of skinny-dipping while setting a world record.

Nude recreation has a positive effect on the environment while also providing a stress-free, natural way to vacation. As Walt Whitman said,”Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! Perhaps indeed he or she to whom the free exhilarating ecstasy of nakedness in Nature has never been eligible (and how many thousands there are!) has not really known what purity is–nor what faith or art or health really is.”

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