Five Ways You Can Help Save Our Oceans
While you’re enjoying the beaches and having fun in the waves, no one wants to think about how much damage is being done to our oceans by the amount of rubbish floating around in there. But unfortunately, the reality is that there are millions of tons of debris floating around in our water – and the majority of that is plastic.
This constant barrage of litter poses a considerable danger to marine life. Animals get tangled up in the rubbish or eat it – either because they mistake it as prey or because the plastic has broken down into tiny particles.
Plastic is hugely problematic because it is not biodegradable and therefore stays around for a lot longer – up to 1000 years longer in fact – than other rubbish. Approximately 80% of that rubbish comes from domestic use on land, so the best thing we can do to protect our oceans is to try and keep as much plastic as possible out of the rubbish bins in the first place. The good news is there are many simple things you can do that have a significant impact.
1 – Stop Using Disposable Plastics
90% of the plastic items we use on a daily basis are used once and then chucked away – shopping bags, cling film, straws, coffee cup lids. All of these products can be replaced with items that are reusable. Invest in a bag for life, replace cling film for reusable plastic pots, and purchase a keep cup for that coffee.
2 – Don’t Buy Bottled Water
Approximately 20 billion plastic bottles are thrown away each year. Have a reusable bottle with you and refill from the tap when you need. If you’re unsure about the quality of your tap water, you can invest in a bottle with a water filter.
3 – Recycle
It may seem a little obvious to most of us, but unfortunately, not everyone has got the hang of recycling, for example, less than 14% of plastic packaging is recycled. If you’re confused about what can and can’t be recycled, check the packaging as most containers will have the recycling symbol printed on it. For the specifics for your county check with the council website for your area.
4 – No Microbeads
These little fragments of plastics are found in so many beauty products – facial scrubs, toothpaste and body washes. They may appear harmless, but their small size means that they slip through water treatment plants. Unfortunately, they also look like food to some marine animals. Switch to products with natural exfoliants instead.
5 – Help Look After The Beach
Whether you enjoy surfing, swimming, or relaxing on the beach, always clean up after yourself. Explore and appreciate the ocean without interfering with wildlife or removing rocks and coral. Go even further by encouraging others to respect the marine environment or by participating in local beach cleanups.
Once you’ve started making these lifestyle changes and helping to reduce your plastic waste you can once again enjoy our beautiful beaches and oceans. Contact us for our surfing lessons Cornwall