A study published in 2014 suggested that there are over 5.25 trillion plastic particles floating at sea (Eriksen, M 2014). Plastic is a major polluter, and reducing your usage of single-use plastic products can be a great way to lessen your eco-footprint. Carrying a drink bottle to avoid buying bottled water, saying no to plastic bags and keeping your food in reusable containers are just a few small things you can do that make a big difference.
Each time you are walking along the beach, take a bag with you and do your part by taking ‘3 for the sea’. Pick up 3 (or more!) pieces of rubbish along your way and take it home to dispose of it responsibly. For more information see Take3.org
Are you a seafood lover? Make informed decisions about the food on you plate by downloading the Australian Sustainable Seafood Guide app on your smartphone. The guide identifies the sustainability practices used in various supermarkets, fish shops and restaurants, and assists you in making informed decisions about where you eat.
A lot of dangerous materials such as oils and fuels end up in our waterways when they are not disposed of thoughtfully. Check out your local council’s website for information on how to dispose of these materials in your area. Many council’s also host biannual ‘chemical cleanouts’ where you can dispose of your chemical waste free of charge.
Support organisations that help to protect the ocean.
Do your research on companies before you buy from them. At 108 Namaste, we do our part by donating 5% of sales to marine conversation!
Microbeads are tiny plastic pieces that are present in many supermarket face washes, body scrubs and toothpastes. Use the Beat the Bead 3.0 app to see if microbeads are present in the products you use, and if there is - shop for a friendlier alternative.
Knowledge is power! Educate yourself on living a lifestyle that enables you to live in a way that keeps of planet happy and healthy. Together we can help preserve our beautiful earth so that it remains beautiful for generations to come!
Eriksen, M 2014 ‘Plastic Pollution in the World’s Oceans: More than 5 Trillion Plastic Pieces Weighing over 250,000 Tons Afloat at Sea’, PLoS ONE, accessed 15 Sept 2017 <http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0111913>