Prefer to think more about your annual beach vacation, than environmental policies? Rather spend time diving with sea turtles than stressing about pollution? We get that. But as much as we enjoy the pristine beauty where ocean meets land, we know this means the serious issue of plastic pollution affects us. Want some mind boggling statistics?
The damage this plastic is doing to marine life and our ecosystem is tragic. Our actions over the 10 years will determine the state of the ocean for the next 10,000 years to come. And if we don't collectively act, we will watch the pristine beauty of the oceans and beaches we know and love slip away.
Feel a little overwhelmed? Don't worry - You don't have to make a living as an environmental activist to affect real change. While we know that completely getting rid of plastic in our life is nearly impossible, incorporating small changes into our daily routines can make a substantial difference in reducing plastic use and plastic pollution.
Here are 5 simple ways you can help:
4. ELIMINATE WASTE WHEN ORDERING ONLINE.
Take advantage of "frustration free packaging" when available.
If you are like us, we love Amazon and online ordering. It's almost become a necessity in our post-COVID society. But with that comes a lot of packing plastic that just gets thrown away. Amazon along with other vendors are now trying to help reduce their contribution to plastic waste by offering "frustration free packaging." This method minimizes plastic materials and the use of double boxes included in shipments, and ships items in recyclable boxes when possible. Pro tip - combine shipments and choose "no rush shipping" at checkout to reduce extra waste and reduce your carbon footprint too.
Our family loves Stream2Sea, a reef-safe option that protects our skin and our oceans. And if you'd like to expand your ocean preservation efforts, check out their entire marine-safe line of products that includes hand sanitizer, after sun lotion, lip balm, shampoo and conditioner.
Getting the whole family on board with these simple actions will take practice. but with consistency small actions can become easy habits. These habits add up over time, making a huge environmental impact.
Now we challenge you to join us in taking small steps towards big change for our oceans!