I am asked this question so often that it warrants a blog post – a few, actually. The real answer is that what happens inland from the ocean is just as important as on the coasts. Here is Part 2 of ways everyone can help, no matter where they live.
For many years we have seen the logo or heard the slogan, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. While this is a great campaign, we are now in an era where we should replace the word “recycle” with “refuse”. Of course recycling is a better alternative to throwing waste in a landfill. However, there is a carbon footprint associated with recycling. Our energies are better focused on how to reduce and reuse our waste.
Here are some additional actions you can take to support a healthier ocean from near or far:
- 1. Reduce or eliminate fish and seafood consumption. If you do consume fish or seafood, download the applicable Seafood Watch guide for your area to your phone and only eat approved types.
2. Avoid using toxic fertilizers and pesticides. Since these are a major contributor to poisons running off into the ocean, research Organic Lawn Care.
3. Buy clothing from sustainable companies. The fashion industry is the second largest polluting industry in the world. Research and only buy brands that are sustainable.
4. Use low waste products. There are many options out there, you just have to look. I recently stumbled across Blueland which offers plastic free household cleaners in reusable bottles, with low-waste refill options.
Please comment with more ideas – we’d love to hear them!