Saying that celebrities love the beach is like saying fish like the ocean. It’s kind of a no-brainer. That being said, only a handful of celebs ever take to the sand and surf for more than the occasional rest and relaxation. Not Sophia Bush, who hit the beaches of North Carolina recently with the folks from Barefoot Wine and the Surfrider Foundation to keep America’s shoreline “barefoot-friendly.”

As Barefoot and Surfrider’s around-the-country tour made its way into Wrightsville, N.C. in August, One Tree Hill‘s Sophia was there with a crew of other volunteers to "heel" its beach. The gorgeous actress, who lives nearby while filming her hit TV show, chatted with OK! about her involvement in the event.

“I grew up in Los Angeles, so keeping beaches clean has always been important to me,” the actress says. “The ocean helps sustain the planet, and we should respect that.”

Each year, 18,000 beaches are closed or posted as unhealthy and The Barefoot Wine Rescue Beach Project is seeing to it that this trend doesn’t continue. Sophia adds, “Caring for the environment isn’t a hobby, it’s a responsibility everyone should take seriously.”

As for when she’s on land and not splashing in the waves, Sophia still tries to stay eco-friendly. “I drive a hybrid car, carpool whenever possible," she explains to OK!. "I use energy efficient light bulbs, and take reusable bags to the grocery store.” Whether it’s picking up garbage on the beach or turning off the lights at home, every bit counts.

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By Alisandra Puliti

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