With oceans covering over 70% of the earth’s surface, it’s a pretty big deal to try and keep them thriving.
With the summer holiday season quickly approaching and families heading for the beach, we’ve got some great ocean friendly tips for World Ocean Day.
Things to think about
Regardless of all our explorations, the ocean is still relatively unchartered territory. According to Marine Bio less than 10% of this space has been explored by humans. As the oceans contain an estimated 50-80% of life on the planet there’s a lot out there that we don’t know about!
Did you know?
We might not know a huge amount of what lies beneath the oceans, but we certainly have a significant impact on it.
Every year almost 3 times as much rubbish is dumped into oceans than fish are caught
80% of marine litter comes from land based sources through drains, sewers and other routes
Noise pollution has a significant impact on ocean life, creating a smog effect which has been linked to mass whale strandings
More than 8 million tonnes of plastic are dumped in the oceans every year, with an estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris floating about.
Plastic debris is responsible for the deaths of 1 million seabirds and 100,000 mammals every year
Putting it into context
This is all pretty disturbing stuff. The good news is that each of us can do small things that could have a big impact.
Plastic bags are the bain of ocean life. Around 500 billion single use bags are used every year with catastrophic results including ocean animals starving to death because their stomachs are full of them.
Not all of the ocean’s waste can be attributed to the individual, but we can can certainly make small changes that will have a big impact. Not just a drop in the ocean!
Make a change
Ditch the plastic bag and opt for the bag for life, or even better, a cotton tote or string bag
Roll your sleeves up and get involved with the beach clean up! Whether you participate in an organised event, or spend 5 minutes rounding up and properly disposing of discarded items on the beaches you visit, every little bit helps!
We hope this has given you food for thought. There are loads more ideas for reducing plastic waste out there including our blog and these handy tips from Greenpeace.