Not a day goes by without some news breaking about in how bad of a shape our ocean is. Within 50 years all of our coral reefs will be gone, temparture of the ocean will rise globally destroying the beautiful Arctic and over-fishing is causing that the blue tuna in 10 years only will be know from books.
There are a lot of things you can do to stop this but most of the involve drastic lifestyle changes. There are however a few things you can do which don’t involve stop eating meat or going off the grid. With all big problems it’s about the small victories first before we tackle the bigger problems. We have composed a list of three things you can do which make an impact but don’t need you to change your lifestyle in a big way.
Yes you need to protect your skin. Especially between dives on the water burning your skin is quiet easy. But what you probably didn’t know is that sunscreen contains a chemical called oxybenzone. This chemical seeps into the ocean and is absorbed by corals. Leading to disruption of growth and ultimately to coral bleaching. Even if you wear sunscreen on the beach alone the sunscreen rubs onto the sand and eventually ends up in the ocean. Each year som 14,000 tons of sunscreen ends up in the ocean.
There is a growing number of biodegradable sunscreen available and in most cases they are not more expensive than normal sunscreen. In some places like Hawaii you are forced to use this kind of sunscreen because all others are banned.
Reef safe sunscreen:
- Mama Kuleana Waterproof SPF 30 Reef-safe Sunscreen $ 29,99 on Amazon
- Kokua Sun Care Hawaiian SPF 50 Natural Zinc Sunscreen $ 29,95 on Amazon
- Stream2Sea SPF 30 Mineral Sunblock $ 16,95 on Amazon
Everybody must have used once in their life a “scrub” douchegel. The problem with this type of douchegel is that the scrub balls are made out of plastic. The plastic goes down the drain and eventually ends up in the ocean, contributing to the massive plastic soup. The plastic is already that small the fish and other marine life eat it and thereby it works it’s way up the food chain. Eventually ending on your plate when you eat fish or other products from the ocean. These micro-plastics can also be found in toothpaste and cosmetic products like mascara and lip gloss.
Simple, buy a kind of toothpaste, douchegel and cosmetics without micro plastics.
Using fertilizers help grow our lawn, fruits and vegetables but they also do have an harmful impact on the ocean. When it rains much of the fertilizer drains into the ground trickling trough all the way to the ground water level. This eventually will reach a river or stream which will carry the fertilizer to the ocean. In there it does what it’s made to do, grow things, especially algae. Normally algae are a vital part of the eco-system but thanks to the fertilizer they take over the system. The toxins they release cause big dead spots in the area where no marine life can live. Eventually the algae will die but the eco-system will take years to recover.
Don’t fertilize your lawn or anything in your garden. The little brown spots aren’t worth the damage you are doing to the ocean. Other thing you can do is buy biological grown food which use less fertilizer or none at all.