June 8th is World Ocean Day – a big day for one of the most important natural spaces there is. Because the oceans are not only there for us humans to splash around in summer, but rather they serve as living space for thousands of living things and swallow up to 70 percent of the CO2 emissions caused by humans! Reason enough to give something back to our beloved, salty waters, which is why we have summarized the six best tips for protecting the oceans for you!
It sounds so simple at first, but the fact is that less than 20 percent of all plastic waste in the DACH region is recycled. The result? The remaining plastic is burned, shipped, or ends up in the sea via streams and rivers. In addition, the production of new plastic is often cheaper than sorting and processing the used material. That is bitter. In your private life, you shouldn’t let that deter you. Only separated waste can be meaningfully recycled. And the low recycling yield shouldn’t be our fault.
Microplastics are tiny plastic particles with a diameter of less than 5 mm. Some of these microplastic particles are produced specifically for cosmetics, toothpaste, or baby diapers. Or they arise from the disintegration of plastic products, such as the frequent washing of nylon stockings, etc. Try to do without such products and, if possible, rely on products that address the problem of microplastics and look for alternatives, such as Biotherm does, for example. Since it was founded in 1952, water has literally been the most important element for Biotherm, which is why the brand founded the “Water Lovers” platform in 2012, which is committed to protecting waters around the world.
Go collect garbage!
That might sound like Sisyphus’s work to some, but every beginning is difficult, and each and every one of us can do something about it. Because a turtle, a dolphin, or just a small fish in the great wide ocean can suffocate and perish on just a small plastic bag. Therefore: Don’t be too bad for yourself, pick up the empty can, tidy away the plastic packaging from the six-pack and thus help out the waters of the earth a little. Because, above all, small deeds change and improve our beautiful world!
There are countless organizations that have shifted protecting our seas. Even if not everyone can become a “Sea Shepard”, we can support these extraordinary people. This can be of a financial nature, or you volunteer to help out, collect donations, help to get signatures for various environmental initiatives, or organize #CleanUps in your area. Everything according to the motto “small deeds changes the world”!
Buy products made from “marine plastic”
There are now some companies that pull waste from the oceans and produce something completely new from it. From marine litter, for example, there are already trainers, swimwear, packaging, and much more. You can find great products via Google where everyone can find something. This not only raises your wardrobe to a new level of fashion and sustainability but also helps these organizations to fish and recycle even more rubbish from the oceans. Yayyyyy!
Friends’ opinions are important. Perhaps she’s already given up smoking in one person, and in-car racing in another. Tell your friends and relatives about the sea and why it is so important for our world and existence. Share petitions and interesting articles on social media. Let those around you know when you’ve read interesting facts about the oceans. Reports of dwindling fish stocks, water pollution, extinction of species. Something is sure to get stuck and the next one never throws his cigarette into the stream, river, or sea again. Make sure, however, that you do not look like a moral apostle, because arrogance does not save our oceans either!