Oceans cover over 70% of our planet and are home to important species and ecosystems that we rely on. The oceans are in growing trouble because of years and years of people’s actions. In the end, our government and businesses must step up to help the livelihood of our oceans, but there are small ways in which we can help! Here are 5 small adjustments to your daily routines that can make a difference:
Minimize plastic use
An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic leaks into the oceans from land-based sources every year. To put it into perspective, that’s about equivalent to dumping a garbage truck full of plastic into our oceans every minute. It seems to many people that plastic is an everyday necessity, but nowadays there are countless alternatives to try! Some ways you can avoid plastic are:
- Skip the plastic baggies, and use these reusable Stasher bags for snacks/lunches/ toiletries/etc.
- Bring a reusable coffee cup the next time you go out for coffee, they’ll be happy to make your coffee in your personal cup instead!
- Pass on the plastic water bottles and refill your own water bottle instead.
- Instead of buying all-purpose cleaners in a plastic bottle, make your own by mixing concentrated cleaner and water into a glass spray bottle!
- Bring reusable grocery bags with you to the store to avoid using their plastic bags! Most grocery stores offer reusable bags for a cheap price.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Carbon dioxide is making our oceans more acidic, which is contributing to the loss of coral reefs. You can reduce your carbon footprint by adopting these everyday practices:
- Ride a bike, walk or use public transportation rather than driving a car.
- Carpool with friends
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Switch to renewable energy in your home
Wear mineral based sunscreen and wear UPF
Many traditional sunscreens have harmful chemicals (avobenzone, oxybenzone, etc) that harm the ocean’s coral reefs and ecosystems. Wear one of Tutublue's UPF50+ swimsuits to protect yourself and the oceans, and opt for mineral based sunscreens with these 2 ingredients - zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. (Many people avoid mineral based sunscreens because of their white cast, but there are sheer options such as this one from Supergoop)
Clean up the beach when you can
If you see any trash left behind at the beach, pick it up! Sadly there are lots of people who leave their things on the beach, but all that trash ends up in the ocean. Always double check to guarantee that you left nothing behind!
Eat sustainable seafood
Always eat sustainable seafood from well-managed and wild fisheries. It’s better for you, and it’s better for the environment!
Hopefully this blog post gives you a few new ideas to adopt into your everyday life! If everyone does their part, we can make a huge difference in the future of our ocean’s ecosystems.