Each year, millions of travelers plan trips to beaches around the world for relaxation, fun, fishing, and more – and we don’t blame them! Our love of the beach and ocean is what inspired us to ditch our daily cubicle jobs and follow our dreams on the sandy path of success. However, our beaches are facing a pollution crisis, and because of plastic, household chemicals, carbon emissions, and more, our marine life are living in dangerous environments.
We love that you love our oceans, but that isn’t enough to protect them and keep them clean. You may not litter, and you may even volunteer your time to help clean up while on a beach vacation. Those are two incredible ways to keep oceans clean, but there’s always more you can do. Here are a few simple things you can do right from the comfort of your home to keep oceans clean.
Stay Up To Date On Marine Conversation and Environment News
Take 30 minutes out of your day and go online to learn about the ocean and its inhabitants. How can you help clean up the ocean without knowing why and how it gets polluted in the first place? There are tons of resources that explain how plastic ends up in the oceans and how engine oil travels from the sewer to nearby bodies of water. You’ll even find that other forms of pollutions, such as underwater noise pollution, can kill marine life.
Knowing these facts and staying informed is vital to taking care of waterways and oceans. Set Google alerts and stay up to date on environmental tragedies such as tropical storms and oil spills so that you can take part in rallies, fundraisers, or clean-ups.
Recognize and Understand Your Carbon Footprint
Carbon dioxide is known for polluting the air, but what many people don’t realize is that nearly a third of manmade carbon dioxide makes its way into oceans, equaling to 22 million tons a day! This causes acidification to the water and affects the health of marine life, especially shelled animals.
Do you know how to recognize your carbon footprint? Climate change is a real concern, and it affects more than the eye can see. It also presents a domino effect, leading to one danger after another. Take note of how your energy habits can be more sustainable for the environment and then make necessary adjustments. You can buy energy-efficient lights and appliances, use fewer disposable good, or simply drive less to reduce your carbon footprint.
Conserve Water And Watch What Goes Down the Drain
Studies show that the water you use in your home is later sent to a sewage treatment plant where the pollutants are removed before being reintroduced into local bodies of water. The problem arises when too much water is available, and when harmful products and chemicals are flushed.
Excess water at treatments plants can overwhelm the systems, leading to pollutants finding their way into waterways. Aside from excess water, harmful products that can pollute oceans and waterways and potentially kill marine life are found daily. Products often found are:
- Wet Wipes
- Cotton Balls
- Cat Litter
- Vegetable Oil
Do your part by taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet when you brush your teeth and reducing any superfluous activities like watering the lawn or washing the car. And, always research a product before discarding it down the toilet or a drain.
Bring Awareness to Ocean and Marine Health
At Seasalt & Co., we believe that it’s essential for everyone to know what they can do to support marine conservation – even if it’s from the comfort of their own home!
It was a combined love for the beach and ocean and the desire to spread awareness about marine conservation that led us to create the Seasalt & Co. brand. Besides donating to ocean-related non-profit organizations, we also volunteer our time to clean up and rescue efforts. We channel this love of the ocean into everything we make at Seasalt & Co. Visit our store to see our collection of beach lovers' apparel and accessories.