Covering a large portion of the planet, the ocean is one of the most important part of our eco-system. Over-consumption, pollution, and climate change is threatening the health of our oceans. To continue enjoying all the good benefits the ocean provides, we need to be more mindful of our daily habits. Below are some small changes I have made that can easily be incorporated in your daily life to have a positive impact on the environment.
Avoid Fast Fashion
Fashion can be a fun way to express one’s creativity, but it comes at a price. To give an idea, The industry uses 79 trillion liters of water and produces billions of CO2 emission yearly. The over-consumption of ready-to-wear makes fast fashion one of the leading causes of pollution. An article from the U.N addressing climate change in 2018 found that the fashion industry leads to 85% of textiles in landfills and causes 20% of polluted water sources. With fast fashion polluting the oceans with tons of microplastics, it is import as consumers to change our behaviors when it comes to fashion.
- Consider thrifting. Secondhand shopping reduces the number of textiles in landfills. It is a fun way to upgrade your closet without harming the environment.
- Donate instead of throwing away clothes.
- Use services like Rent The Runway, Depop, or Vestaire to buy or rent clothes.
- Look into companies using recycles materials to make clothing items.
Reduce your plastic usage.
Not all plastic is recyclable, and many end up in the ocean. By reducing our plastic consumption, we can ensure the safety of our marine life.
- Carry a reusable shopping bag.
- Use a refillable water bottle.
- Use glass containers instead of plastic ones.
- Email your favorite brands to use plastic free shipping bags.
- Use a metal razor instead of plastic razor.
- Buy shampoo and body cleanser bar soaps.
Avoid toxic chemicals harmful to the ocean.
Many personal care products contain microplastic harmful to humans and marine life. Read the list of ingredients of your beauty and home cleaning products before purchasing. Avoid herbicides and harsh gardening chemicals that end up in our water. Lastly, check with your local pharmacy on how to properly dispose of your medications.
Everyone one of us can make a difference. Let us continue to educate ourselves and implement small sustainable changes to protect this beautiful planet of ours.