16 Apr 8 Earth Day Tips to Help Preserve Our Oceans
Our oceans are a wonderful resource filled with amazing ecosystems and vast unknowns. They provide for many economies around the world and cover about 75% of earth, but they are also frequently taken advantage of and their resources depleted by humans. Earth Day is a great reminder to protect and conserve the many resources our planet provides, including the oceans. After all, we only have one planet! Taking small steps each day in favor of preservation builds up over time to change the course of conservation on a larger scale. Here are tips you can use and habits you can adopt overtime that will help contribute to the protection of our oceans and planet.
1 Shop Sustainably
Buying products that are sustainably sourced is an easy step to take because it’s almost always an option. You can make more sustainable purchases by shopping local first, or doing your research and buying online from sustainable vendors. When shopping in stores, you can find products sourced sustainably, like Wild Selections Tuna, by looking for verified labels. When shopping for seafood, look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Blue Fish logo to ensure they are certified sustainable fish. Take the first step and learn more about sustainable fishing and MSC here.
2 Visit Your Local Aquarium
Do some research around your area to see if there are aquariums near you that support marine life rehabilitation, have efforts toward preservation, or donate part of their funds toward ocean conservation. It’s a fun activity for the whole family that allows you to learn more about sustainability and marine life.
3 Dispose of Your Waste Properly
Make sure you are disposing your waste properly. Too often liter ends up in our roads, parks, and waterways. By sorting your garbage into the proper categories (trash, recyclable, compost, hazardous) you are doing your part to make sure waste is disposed of appropriately. See the next tip for more ways to reduce your overall waste.
4 Choose Reusable
By switching to a reusable water bottle instead of using a one-time-use plastic bottle you are reducing the overall amount of plastic that potentially ends up in oceans and landfills. Marine animals often mistake plastic particles for food or get caught inside them while swimming. The use of plastics is causing unnecessary pollution and harm to our oceans and land. Water bottles are just the tip of the iceberg so to speak when making the switch to reusable. You can swap out your grocery bags, sandwich bags, straws, and more.
5 Check Your Beauty Product Ingredients
Beauty products have a larger impact on the environment than one might think. Not only in the process of their production, but also in their disposal after use. You should always double-check your beauty product bottles to make sure you are disposing of them properly, but it doesn’t stop there. The ingredients in your products, like microbeads and microplastics, can have harmful effects on wildlife. Often the micro products can pass through barriers in place to prevent water contamination and are not biodegradable. Fish can absorb toxins from microbeads and microplatics once they enter our waterways. Many states are already taking action to ban these types of ingredients in products. You can help by reading labels and staying away from products that use harmful ingredients, here are seven to watch for.
6 Bring Your Own
Many grocery stores offer bulk sections where you can shop for dry grains, trail mixes, dried fruits, etc. Bring your own container, weigh it before you add your bulk items, and shop for your necessities! It reduces packaging, freight costs and saves the environment. Another opportunity to help our planet is to bring your own silverware at work so you don’t have to throw one-time use plastic silverware each time you have lunch. One blogger who inspired us in this area is GirlForACleanWorld. She has a ton of great ideas – check her out!
7 Become a Plogger
Plogging is a trend started in Sweden where runners and joggers pick up trash along their route. Getting exercise and helping the environment at the same time is an awesome way to help clean up the areas around our oceans and prevent debris from polluting our waterways. All you need is a bag to put your trash, gloves if you desire, and a pair of running shoes!
8 Get Involved
Whether it is with a local initiative, like a beach clean up, or a more global effort, like the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), lending your voice, hands, vote, or dollars toward preserving our oceans is always an option we’ll support.